« on: October 31, 2006, 02:58:20 PM »
At the end of the day, I want to be a partner in a 20 lawyer or less firm, or a solo practicioner. Of course, I don't want to starve in the process. For starters, I'll try to get into the largest firm that will take me to get the brand recognition, but I have not desire to fight to the top to become a partner at a 200 lawyer firm. In a few years, I would like to scale down.
My intelligence is genetically limited to the point where I will probably never be one of the top 50 lawyers in the state, and as a result I will probably never be a 'superlawyer' executive large firm partner type. I've decided that it is more lucrative being in a position where you can be the best in your field, rather than just getting by in a "higher tier" field. For example, I would make a damn good plumber. I could probably be one of the top 10 plumbers in the state. As a result, If I started my own plumbing company, I could probably become a millionaire working at a lower tiered blue collar occupation. As a large-firm lawyer, I probably would be about average and be relegated to slaving away as an associate indefinitely. I don't want to be a plumber, and it's too late in life now anyway to start over at $10/hr, so I'll go for being a lawyer. As a small-firm attorney, I could probably be above average, and do quite well as a big fish in a small pond.