Why Building and Enforcing Stigmas Hurts the Entire Independent Attorney Movement

, The Legal Intelligencer


Once, firms marketed their “collegiality” to law students and laterals. A culture of staking out territory on a rigid bell curve wouldn’t attract top talent. As the legal economy has become more desperate, some are adopting a “gunner” mentality to make a newly emerging career option appear attractive: The independent (indie) attorney, which I will define as “a lawyer who works on a project basis untethered to one firm.”

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