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April 12, 2007


Carolyn Elefant

Hi Rick,

I didn't necessarily view this article as a negative. In today's environment, people transition all the time. Here in DC in particular, the revolving door never stops, as lawyers transition from government agencies to the Hill to private firms and back again. I don't see solo practice any differently. For example, for someone who's always wanted to work at biglaw but can't get a job, building a solo practice and generating a pack of portables is a great way to jump start into a firm. And sometimes, as the article points out, solo practice can make you famous enough to write your ticket elsewhere.

David Vandagriff

I have a Google Alert set to pick up my name (to see if any of the stupid things I sometimes say get on the web). I was surprised to see your reference to the GP Solo and Small Firm article in which I was mentioned.

It was tough giving up my practice and there has been more than one time when I've wondered if I made a mistake. Strangely, I have also missed going to court (although I haven't missed getting ready to go to court). I haven't found anything that gets my adrenalin going like a witness who goes off the rails or finally persuading a recalcitrant judge to agree with me.

On the whole, however, I believe that I made the right decision. As the article alluded, I felt like I had heard and seen almost every matter that came into my office many times before. While I did a lot of family law, I also handled estate planning, bankruptcy and general litigation matters, but my small town environment, for all its virtues, didn’t give me a lot of new challenges. I had also probably maxed out my earning potential in that practice situation.

My legal background and extensive trove of legal experiences has been extremely helpful to me in my new career in high technology, however. I’ve continued friendships with many of the terrific lawyers who I met while I was practicing. In short, I don’t regret starting my solo practice and I don’t regret leaving it. And when a chance to go back to court to fight a speeding ticket arose a few months ago, I went to traffic school instead.

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