The Rise of the Lean Lawyer %u2014 Medium. When I began law practice, in a galaxy long ago and far away, overhead was a given. Without a fancy office, a secretary, dictation equipment, an expensive copier, desks, typewriters, and file cabinets, you weren't taken seriously. Today, a new breed of "lean" lawyers is figuring out that you don't need all that stuff; especially, in a computer and Internet age. I can't get rid of the office; I bought the building many years ago; but, I have cast off many of the trappings of the office, and now practice alone in a building that I have made mine. I sweep the floors, take out the garbage, do my own mail, and create my own correspondence and documents. Efiling has taken away many of the problems lawyers faced with getting stuff to the courthouse on time. Technology has freed me to use my brain for lawyering, and I like it this way. So, young Jedi, don't get hung up on the trappings of power and influence. Clients want your brain; not your overhead.