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The long rebuild

2009 was the worst year of my life-- I lost everything that mattered to me. I also got a job at a law firm in my hometown that turned out to be owned and operated by a narcisstic sociopath who was overbilling clients, perjuring himself on declarations, directing me to pirate software for his use, and worst of all, trying to proselytize his Christian faith to his employees. I resigned after a month. At that point, I really wanted nothing to do with the legal profession anymore.

I applied and was accepted to a job at my law school doing technical support in the law library. This was the worst job ever and seriously depressing. After a couple months of that, I decided to return to law practice because nothing was as bad as working in the library.

In Spring 2010, I got a job at an insurance defense firm in San Jose. This was even worse than working in the law library because I worked for an inconsiderate asshole. Sure, it's great that he offered me a job, but it's sick that he basically lied about the compensation to my face and then gave me a fraudulent performance review just because I didn't like my co-counsel in one case or my legal secretary, who were both seriously screwed up people. I lasted ten months there and had to quit because they were doing layoffs and I didn't want to be playing musical chairs.

In 2011, I got a job at a trusts and estates firm where I did litigation. This was a decent opportunity due to the interesting cases to work on, but the junior partner was an insecure, egotistical, and robot-like control freak who emotionally abused the staff. I had to quit in mid-2012. I have been self-employed ever since and I refuse to be anyone's employee due to all the crappy places I have worked.

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Last updated: July 6, 2018

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