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US top 350 firm encourages associates to consider leaving the law

By Neasa MacErlean

23 December 2015 at 09:02 BST

The chair of the Associates Review Committee at Butler Snow has sent a pre-Christmas email to all the firm's associates with a link to an article titled '4 signs you're poorly suited to be an attorney'.

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According to Above the Law, the subtext of the communication from Chad Hutchinson is 'haaaaave you considered quitting?'.

Not everyone has what it takes

The email was sent last Friday, exactly one week before Christmas Day. Mr Hutchinson says in his email: 'I was asked to share this with you. Good advice!' The article, which is copied for associates, begins: 'Not everyone has what it takes to be an attorney. Given all the blood, sweat and tears you put into getting into the legal profession, it can be hard to realize you're better off getting out.'

Client satisfaction

The firm has 18 offices, including one in London, and is now ranked 148th in the National Law Journal's top 350 firms. It says about itself: 'Surveys by respected national consultants consistently rank Butler Snow among the best nationwide in service – in anticipating needs, in a commitment to help, in providing value, in client satisfaction.' Mr Hutchinson's biography says that he 'spent the majority of his career defending clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry'. Source: Above the Law


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