Why I do not tell people that I am an attorney  

cigarlawyer 46M
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7/19/2006 9:06 am
Why I do not tell people that I am an attorney

To start off, I have to say that I am proud to be an attorney.

Having said that I seldom tell people what I do for a living in a social setting. I am sure it is the same with doctors, tradesmen and the like, but every time someone finds out what I do for a living I get to hear all about what ever legal trouble that person may have and get hit up for free advice, OR I get to listen to tirades against attorneys and the law. Either way it kills a good mood.

For the record, I do not go out to hear everyone’s legal troubles and give free advice. NEW FLASH - I get paid to give advice, so why would I give it free to a stranger?! So please don't ask and please don't be offended when I give you my card and tell you call me for an appointment. I am out to have a good time and forget about my day not to drum up business.

The other side is the almost constant criticism of what the legal profession. I will freely admit there are problems and it can be nasty, but guess what - not once has a client ever told me "I don't care if I win and don't want to do whatever it takes. Just let them have it all” I am normally asked to do whatever I can to win and get the most from the other side. I have had clients ask me to serve their spouses with divorce on Christmas morning, thanksgiving, their birthday, wedding anniversary etc. I have yet to do any of that. I do fight hard, and I can be very mean and difficult and even nasty in a trial, but it is what my clients want me to do.

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