Goodbye and Hello

by 04g7F1nl02 on May 17, 2008 · 4 comments

in Martindale-Hubbell News

I’ve always wanted to be trial lawyer. But in college at the University of Chicago and then law school there, I studied economics and developed a love for business. So when I started practicing law at Sidley Austin, I did transactional work. Some of the most interesting people I met in my practice were entrepreneurs. So, I left Sidley to help start, grow and then sell a company to LexisNexis. After running that company — InterAction — for a few years for LexisNexis, I moved to a sister company, Martindale-Hubbell. I’ve had a great time here helping to develop a new vision and strategy and putting together a wonderful team.

But I’ve never been to court. I still want to be a trial lawyer. So, with very mixed emotions I’ve decided to leave the business world and return to the legal profession. This summer I will attend NITA’s two-week boot camp in Colorado on trial advocacy. After that, I hope to find brilliant and experienced trial lawyers from whom I can learn. I’m not sure if that will be in a law firm or in public service. Most likely, if I had to guess, this will be as a public defender. But if I don’t start, I’ll never reach my goal of becoming at least a competent trial lawyer.

I’ll continue to participate in this blog moving forward, even as I start from the bottom of the ladder on the climb toward becoming a trial lawyer.  It’s been a great ride and it’s not over yet.  So, I guess this is both goodbye and hello.

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Allison wrote onMay 28, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Mark Twain said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” I am at once inspired by and envious of your decision. Congratulations on leaving the safe harbor. Keep in touch!

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Maia Tihista wrote onMay 20, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Congrats Barry! You are a true visionary and have helped both Martindale-Hubbell and InterAction to achieve great things. And now you are doing that with your career which I think it awesome! Best of luck and thanks for all of your contributions to these businesses – it was a great ride!

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Meredith wrote onMay 14, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Congratulations on making the leap! I’m a bit envious … Best of success to you.

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Ralph Calistri wrote onMay 14, 2008 at 10:51 am

Barry, you will be greatly missed as a part of the Client Development team but we are also excited to support and work with you in your new endeavor and as a part of our extended family of legal professionals. We look forward to a close relationship as you go about the pursuit of building a legal practice. My best wishes for success!

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