I love my job! I’m in a regional office of the General Counsel for a national property and casualty insurance company. There are five attorneys in my office, and we all get along very well. I get a chance to travel occasionally (not too much, not too little), I get involved in a lot of interesting things, and I’m dealing with lots bigger cases than I did in a private law firm. As an example, for the last three days I’ve been involved in trying to settle a case where the insured’s potential exposure has been estimated in excess of $40 million, and where my company issued perhaps as much as $100 million in insurance coverage over a fifteen year span. There are over 40 million documents that have been produced in this case. It’s fun! I also have had the opportunity to argue many cases in front of appellate courts, and have lots of published cases in California and New York.
It’s also fifteen minutes from where I live, in a nice area with lots of shops and restaurants, good money, good benefits, and my managing attorney is very cooperative when school calls to tell me I have to come pick up a sick kid (as happened on Wednesday). Fortunately, unless I have to be in court or at a deposition or some such thing, my job can be done from home with a phone and a 'puter.
I also get the chance to volunteer to do legally related things, like sit as a temporary judge in small claims court, and to mediate cases between other parties in the Court of Appeal. My employer counts these as “work days” because it has a strong belief in giving something back to the legal community.
This is the fifth job I’ve had as a lawyer in almost 16 years (10 years at the first one, 4 months at the second, 11 months at the third, 2 years at the fourth), and I think it’s the one I’m gonna stay at until I retire. Which I’d like to do at 45, but that’s probably not going to happen! >g<
“I’ll never argue with a lawyer again.” – The Devil Himself.