A blog by Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Brian Tannebaum. Commenting on criminal law issues of local and national interest.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

There Are No "Lawyers" Being Laid Off - Ramblings About Law Firms

Like the newspaper at my front door, everyday I receive lists of law firms "laying off" lawyers.

If you are laid off, you are not a lawyer, you are a tool, a device, a big or small firm expendability. Check yourself.

Lawyers have clients. Clients have lawyers. If you are being laid off, you have no "client" to speak of. You are part of a team of lawyers that can handle the client, or your client is worthless to the firm. You are irrelevant to those you work for, and who you really work for is not a client, it is other lawyers.

Time to think about working for clients. Isn't that why you wanted to become a lawyer, or were you one of the L.A. Law watchers merely entering this profession for the mahogany desk and nice views (paid for by your firm)?

The country is filled with people calling themselves "lawyers" who entered this profession for the wrong reason. Maybe it's not such a bad idea that they never really achieved what they perceived themself to be, and now find themselves looking for work, as "lawyers."

Brian Tannebaum is a criminal defense lawyer in Miami, Florida practicing in state and federal court. Read his free ebook The Truth About Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer. To learn more about Brian and his firm, Tannebaum Weiss, please visit www.tannebaumweiss.com