Back in BigLaw?s hubs, though, the boutique model does carry a certain allure in its low-overhead existence?provided said firm?s expertise doesn?t fall exclusively in, oh, I dunno, construction law (where Chicago?s Stein, Ray & Harris dumped 4 of its 21 associates in November). José Astigarraga, who runs an 18-lawyer Miami boutique, sums up this dynamic in the second NLJ article by employing car-talk: ?When you?re in the Lincoln Towncar (a big law firm) and you go over a bump in the road, you don?t really feel it that much,? he said. ?In turn, boutiques are the Ferrari. When you hit a bump, you really feel it. But you can also turn on a dime, which you can?t do in the Towncar.?
Fair enough, all things considered. So now we know: The only safe bet for a lawyer these days is in lobbying (sub req?d).
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