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So How Much Portable Business Do You Need?

Vivia Chen

February 20, 2014

I know you're tired of hearing this, but here it goes: You will forever be a service partner, an indentured servant, a butler, a tool, flotsam, a nobody—unless you have business of your own. That's the song of survival that every lawyer learns the moment she steps into a law firm.

You can't argue with that message these days. But have you ever wonder how much business you really need?

Jeffrey Lowe, the managing partner of Major Lindsey & Africa’s Washington, D.C. office, talks about this issue, and more, during our chat about lateral partners.


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About Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen, The Careerist's chief blogger, has been covering the business and culture of law firms for a decade. A former corporate lawyer, Chen is fascinated by those who thrive (as well as those who don't) in the legal profession. Her take: Success in the law (and life) doesn't always travel a linear path. If you have topics you'd like to discuss or information to share, contact her: VChen@alm.com

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