Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

Just Your Average Joe Blogging Away His Debt—In One Year or Less

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Total Black: $2,096.80
Total Red: $235,294.78

Well, today I told the last few people left in the dark about my departure: the law firm I’m temping with and the landlord’s management company.  I figured it was time I let both know.  I needed to alert to the landlord that I’m leaving in order to find out what my options would be regarding my lease.  And as for the law firm, I needed to let them know I’d be out of two for a few days when I fly to the new location to check out apartments.

Fairly quickly I heard back from the staff attorney at the firm offering his congratulations.  In my initial email, I also let him and the associate know that I’ll still be available pretty much right up until the end of the month.  Frankly, I need the money.  One week’s pay here would cover two months in rent there.  Ideally, I’d start the clerkship with as many months of rent prepaid as possible.  Anyway, the staff attorney let me know that he thought the case would finish by the middle of the month.  In reply, I reiterated that if they need me for anything—even clean up, tying up loose ends, prepping the case for archiving, and so on—I’m available.

Two subpoints there.  The first: that the other contract attorney most likely wouldn’t want to be strung along a bit longer just to help wind-down the case and prep things for the next phase.  There’s a criminal and a civil component to this matter, so they will have to revisit all this material at some point soon enough.  The other contract attorney told me as much earlier today: if the firm only needs one of us, she’s more than happy to bow out and move on to another project to allow me to have a few more days of pay.  I thanked her for her generosity.  Let’s hope the firm realizes that she’s like to move on to another project—temp attorneys can feel blocked when on a project too long, especially when announcements of other opportunities keep coming at you, sometimes with high hourly rates.

The other subpoint, though, is that the firm really needs to wind-down the case, but I have a feeling that once the trial ends—and assuming there’s no appeal—they’ll need to update and finalize everything: all the exhibits admitted at trial, all the charts prepared along the way, the binders we’ve created, and so on.  Tie up all the loose ends.  And then—ideally—convert each to a pdf file for archiving.  Problem is, I don’t think this law firm would do that.  Which means, when the next phase of this matter commences, they’ll just charge the client once again to recreate everything.  And the client, I only recently learned is AIG of all entities.  And here all along I’d been thinking that the “client” paying my hourly wage was the individual on trial.  The client no longer works for the company, and hasn’t for a few years, so I had assumed that legal bills would not be covered by insurance the company has for directors and officers.  That was incorrect.  And, in retrospect, naive of me.  I had shaved off some time here and there when I thought maybe I took too long with an assignment or on a day when I just couldn’t keep focused—thinking that this poor person was dishing out tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.  Straight out-of-pocket.  Wrong.  And another example of me putting other’s needs ahead of my own and disregarding my own well-being—in this case financial.

At any rate, the staff attorney congratulated me and a few hours later so too did the associate.  She added in a wow as well.  That’s all I got.  No comment about the remaining time I may have left with them.  I’ve always got the theatre to fall back on.  I let them know a few days ago, as mentioned back in Slipped My Mind.  That would at least bring some income in.

As for the landlord’s management company . . . I haven’t received a response from my email yet.  I certainly do not want a battle over breaking the lease.  I can sublet, of course, but I’d rather just a clean break.  I trust it wouldn’t involve court battles.  Not sure how sleazy they’ll get, considering my past interactions with them and their lawyers.  I have to check my files to see whether I paid first and last month’s rent plus my security deposit, or just first and security deposit.  I’m not sure.  Perhaps May’s rent is already covered—if they let me out of the lease, that is.

Total black is up.  The check from the Colleague cleared.  Thankfully that clears that hurdle and ends that chapter of this blog and my life.  I needed that money, though a portion of it will end up covering the flight to the new location as well as this month’s student loan payment.  But paydays—Thursdays and Fridays—are only a few days away.

Written by Laid-off Lawyer

April 26, 2010 at 23:35

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  1. Ahhh! Do not mention the name of the client– that’s a violation of confidentiality.


    April 29, 2010 at 07:30

  2. Oh, and how about you have a going away party for your readers? We can meet up at a pub in New York and buy you drinks!


    April 29, 2010 at 07:32

  3. No, that’s not the name of the client. The client is an individual, not a corporate entity.

    Laid-off Lawyer

    April 29, 2010 at 10:33

  4. Interesting idea. You gonna plan it? 🙂

    Laid-off Lawyer

    April 29, 2010 at 10:34

  5. Choose your favourite bar, pick a date, and we’ll show up. Promote it heavily in a blog post and ask readers to RSVP in the comments. See how many readers want to come…


    April 30, 2010 at 21:22

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