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  1. agreed, constructive criticism should be welcome. but genuine abuse does exist as well, having worked downtown i have seen plenty of examples.
  2. Don't be nervous. Death comes to everyone eventually. lol
  3. recognize that trying to be the best is an attempt to by your brain to trick you into seeking external validation and recognize that validation is the tool that society uses to control you the key to happiness is not external validation, the key to happiness is to Not Give a Shit (Zen of ZFG)
  4. see I don't get this. wouldn't it be more efficient to keep the same people and not turn them over? presumably the people in charge are not stupid, so one has to think they are doing it on purpose? but what is the reason?
  5. That 60 year old guy is clearly bored with life make his life more interesting by suing/reporting him into the stone-age
  6. definitely make sure you get insurance for your work on the side. I've been in this position, some other thoughts: workload will become a major issue: if you do a really good job on your side gig - you may 'suddenly' be referred a lot more work. If you turn the work down it may actually affect your reputation. So you need to anticipate and have a plan. Clients will be like: "can you do this or not? why are you turning away work? I don't care if it is a side business or not, I demand responsiveness or I'm taking my business elsewhere etc" If you do a really good job and actually make a lot of side income, word may get around and eventually get back to your boss/department. That may cause some office politics issues: your boss: "I pay this guy less than me, but if you add his 'side income' he actually makes more than me, that f*cker! how do I assert my authority when he/she makes more than me?, need to get rid of him/her etc". (may not matter if your job is ending in about year anyways though) psychologically, you may also fall into the trap of losing motivation for both your main job and the side gig - "I don't need to do a good job at work, i have my side gig as a back up.... (5 minutes later)... I don't need to be serious about my side gig, I have main job (maybe my contract will be extended)" etc... (and you start doing a poor job at both) not sure what kind of work you are thinking of doing, if you are doing something that's higher risk (e.g. litigation), gotta make sure stuff like this doesn't happen: a self-rep on the other side, or your own client somehow finds your main job's department number and starts calling random people in your building asking questions about their 'file'. etc, you are smart, but sometimes clients are crazy/stupid.
  7. I'm not "questioning" the OP's motive. I'm actually curious, there are lots of interesting business related fields, why PE specifically? My comment regarding the OP needing to be specific was in response to someone other than the OP. How do we know that OP doesn't actually have a more specific reason? Maybe he has lots of specific reasons. If it helps: I actually used to want to be a PE lawyer when I first started, but now I wouldn't want to do it even if you offered it to me. I like my current area better etc (still business related).
  8. as a bit of a tangent - as I've been getting older I'm starting to think about this: should i deliberately try to impress upon younger lawyers that I'm above them as a way to maintain social standing (not in an asshole-ish of a way but in a calculated way)? if I don't do it would they start to get really arrogant around me and treat me like shit because they don't know any better?
  9. careful, sometimes they self-identify as "the senate" gotta make sure first before you engage in any bargaining
  10. associate: "sir madam" partner: "My lords and ladies" managing partner: "Your highness"
  11. I think the OP needs to be more specific than this, lots of things are fascinating and lucrative.
  12. agreed, emphasis on this. if one has to ask random strangers online how they can make a lot of money, one is clearly not yet a shrewd business person lol
  13. Going on a bit of a tangent: anyone have thoughts on the best way to recruit good employees - admin/clerks and such (it seems like the most difficult part of running a small practice). i know there are recruiters but I've heard it's expensive and the results are mixed. Looking around at other small firms in my area there seems to be a lot of family involvement - e.g. office manager is actually spouse, receptionist is sibling, nephew/cousin etc etc... but this avenue is not open to me.
  14. thanks for the suggestion - and oh for sure. I know these are probably unlikely outcomes but I'm just paranoid at this point having ran into some sketchy characters in the past, just wanted to make sure I'm not missing some super obvious/convenient method that everyone else already knows about.
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