Well, if it was a movie, the promotional poster might say something like…
“The story of a burned-out attorney who stumbles upon the elusive secret to a prosperous solo practice that virtually runs by itself.”
So how did I stumble upon this secret? Well, here’s the absolutely true story…
I graduated from law school in 1985 and then spent two years clerking for a respected federal trial judge in New Orleans.
After that, I spent 18 years working in a large New Orleans firm handling complex commercial litigation cases. Think high stakes cases for demanding clients with LOTS of documents. Complex cases that required lots of people working together (attorneys, paralegals, secretaries) under intense stress and serious deadlines.
At first, learning how to manage these kinds of cases was interesting. And there were many other things I enjoyed about working in a big firm. I made partner and made good money. That is, I achieved the big things that were supposed to make one happy.
But instead I became miserable. Ridiculous billable hour quotas, and mindless bureaucracy left me disillusioned and burned out.