As a solo attorney - that is, an attorney without a large staff of associates and paralegals - I wear many different hats. A "normal" day for me might include an early-morning networking event, followed by a court appearance followed by a meeting with a client followed by drafting a motion, preparing for a closing, reviewing a contract, or negotiating a deal with opposing counsel. In between all that, I have to manage my trust and operating accounts, reply to emails, answer the phones, update this blog, and handle whatever unplanned tasks pop up throughout the day. I'm lucky most days when I have a chance to eat lunch (usually consisting of a quick protein bar or shake) and spend time with my wife and dog.
So, why do it? Why put myself through all this stress trying to bring in work, manage the work I have, and simply trying to be a good lawyer? One word: Freedom.
As a solo, I get to choose the cases I work on. I get to focus on helping my clients in a way that many big-law practices can't. I can provide personalized attention - add that "personal touch" - to the work I do for my clients. I also get to take interesting meetings with interesting people. And, importantly, I get to spend my time as I wish. Sure, in many respects my work never stops and all the responsibilities of running a business fall on me. But I can also work whenever I want, wherever I want. To me, having the freedom of flexibility; the ability to take a break when I need one without having to check in with a boss, means that my clients are always getting the high quality work they deserve.