Cleveland Metro Bar Journal: A Firm Fit for Me

Have you asked yourself lately whether you are happy? Not just with your career, but are you happy with your life? Perhaps visit the pre-law school version of yourself and ask: Is your life now everything you imagined and more? Do you see your friends often? Do you love your hobbies? Do you have the family you’ve always wanted?

If the answer to these questions is a resounding yes, then congratulations! You have likely found a firm that is a great fit for you and your lifestyle. But if you are thinking instead, “no… not really… not at all,” and you feel like you’ve sacrificed too much of your personal life to make your work life prosper, then maybe it’s time to look at what might be the root of the problem: Are you trying too hard to fit a firm that is just not fitting you?

I’ve heard stories of attorneys making choices in their personal lives that are undeniably influenced by their careers at law firms. A common one is when to start a family — many postpone having children until they make partner or feel established at their firm. But sometimes this choice is pushed off much longer than initially anticipated. Another example is when to retire — some refuse to retire because they would not know what to do with themselves. They’ve spent their entire career focused on working, and they have no hobbies or interests outside of work. So they feel forced to stay until they are eventually pushed out…

 

You can read the full article in the April issue of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal.

Amanda Gatti is an associate attorney at Buckingham. Amanda represents businesses and professionals in civil litigation and has been a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association since 2011. She can be reached at (216) 615-7303 or [email protected]

 

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