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It’s Hard Out There For Some Lawyers

Some attorneys are struggling now, be they unemployed or underemployed. But the guy sitting across from me at closing to collect a $15,000 check wasn’t one of them.

It became evident, as the closing stretched on and on, that he was a real wheeler and dealer.  He had lots of money-making scams schemes going on, and he bragged about each even as he moaned how he wanted to “make a real killing” and quit working so hard for a living.

The $15,000 was seemingly small change to this lawyer, and his attitude, demeanor, bluster, bravado and repeated boasting would have been disturbing to me even in good times.  Now, it was just disgusting to listen to this self-centered blowhard alternately brag about all his clients and deals and moan about how difficult it was to earn the kind of living that bought him a Porsche and to pay $24,000 in real estate taxes (though he did grin broadly as he said it made others in town envious that could afford the “big house with the mega taxes.”

I’ll cop to a slight bit of jealousy:  after all, I bust my tail and have a lot less to show than he did.  But I know with 100% certainty that when the money was good, I never once bragged about it, nor did I look down on dealing with my clients. He hates what he does, which is not unusual, but he has total disdain for those who enable him to live the swank life.


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Jun. 1st, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
That's assuming he's telling the truth! People who love to boast like that are usually
FULL OF IT and need to do that to boost their ego - they thrive off of making others
feel small in order to make themselves feel big..... I pity the person who has
to resort to those means.... just blow him off!
Jun. 1st, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks--but I never have to see him again. I just had to sit across the table and listen to his self-aggrandizement for a few hours.

And whether he was telling the truth or not, his check was many thousands more than my check.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
Nicely Written
As I read your experience. It almost felt like I was sitting in the room listening to the guy brag about himself.

Hopefully, a few of those $15K checks will come your way. You seem to understand that it is not about the money but relationships that count.

Jun. 2nd, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Nicely Written
Thanks! Consider yourself lucky you got the two minute version.

Relationships do count above all, but they're hard to stuff in an envelope along with a bill.
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