This post from the Anonymous Lawyer, in which he describes a cocktail hour with his firm's summer associates and the drive home afterwards with his wife, reminded me of the many years I spent as a civil defense lawyer at this St. Louis firm. Although I was one of the lucky ones who got away, I have no regrets for having spent a good chunk of time there.
About being "lucky" to get away: I guess I don't really mean that. I do consider myself lucky, but only because like all of us, I consider myself the hero in the story of my own life. From my point of view, it's good that I left the defense firm, since I'm happier representing the underdog as a plaintiffs' lawyer and calling the shots at my own firm. But I still have friends at the old firm, which is often on the other side of cases that I'm litigating, and I still think fondly of some of the good things that happened while I was there.
As for the Anonymous Lawyer, he's sounding a bit burned out. Perhaps he would consider joining me on the dark side? If he'd agree to switch sides, I think he'd do some good work for those who've been wronged by corporate America. What about it? (By the way, I've been meaning to thank the Anonymous Lawyer for this post, in which he sent Andrea and me his "best wishes" on the birth of our new baby boy, who's doing his damnedest to burn me out even as I'm writing this.)