Dear Jane: What If I Don't Want to Make Partner?

by 352admin 28. February 2013 12:56

Dear JaneDear Jane,

I don’t want to be a partner.  I look at the pressures on them and I just don’t see myself making those kinds of sacrifices.  

Signed,

Just Not Interested

 

Dear Just Not Interested,

Your attitude is not that unusual which presents some challenges to law firm leaders because their business model, for the most part, presumes that those who don’t want to be partner will end up leaving the firm.  What’s happening lately, however, is that people are staying.  Many firms do not have roles that are “valued” beyond associate and partner.  Nonetheless, the “other attorney” category at many firms continues to grow.  These roles tend to be undefined or have a clear “less than” feel to them.  A suggestion for you: After you’ve decided what you don’t want to be, take the time to establish what you may want to be. It may not be at the law firm.

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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