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PERSONAL PICK: Going Into Private Practice

Time is ticking so fast. After this week, I'll be back in the Philippines and have to get ready for the transition that will occur by the end of May 2009. Yes, I'm stepping out of Church employment and will be in private practice after that. Although I will still be doing most of the things I do now, as an outside counsel of the Church, I am a little worried because I don't know what to expect. For me this is an uncharted path and a huge step, which I am not sure I am ready to take on after being a lawyer for 10 years. But I'm sure things will be alright. There is always a unique set of advantages and disadvantages to going into private practice (having my own law firm with less than 3 associates), the same way as it is in going in-house or working at a big law firms. I have summarized below what I thought private practice means to me.

1. Private practice means operating as a “jack-of-all-trades,” offering legal services in a broad range of practice areas and thus havi…