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.