Law Firms Will Likely ‘Take a Hard Look’ at Nonequity Partners | ABA Journal - Law News Now. Many new solos are coming from the ranks of Associates and Non-Equity partners at BigLaw firms. The economy is causing many of the big firms to take a hard look at lawyers and staff who are down at the bottom of the totem pole. If you are one of these unfortunate souls, take heart. God never closes a door without opening another. Many solo practitioners will tell you that escaping the politics, workload, and other problems of BigLaw practice is the best thing that ever happened to them. For those of us who have been solo for a long time, the freedom is worth every dime of lost income. Some solos make a lot of money; most of us do okay, but aren't driving expensive vehicles, and vacationing in the islands. However, if you want a life, and you want the freedom to choose what you do, don't wait to be laid off or fired. Come join us in solo practice.