Today we resume our series of open threads about small law firms focused on different areas of practice. For background on the series, see this post.

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We’ve received lots of positive feedback on the series. Here are some representatives commentsfrom the last thread, on insurance law:

54 – This is a GREAT GREAT GREAT thread – please do more. I’d be interested in seeing threads on immigration practice, real estate practice, prosecution and public defense (state/municipal, not federal – reality check here – the DOJ is not an option for 99% of attorneys).

86 – [K]eep open threads on small law like this coming! They’re informative for everyone, whether or not they are interested or not in working in such an area.

94 – This is a good thread. (I can’t believe it.) Thanks to the veterans who are providing substantive info and advice.

Our latest practice area for focus: PERSONAL INJURY LAW.
If this subject interests you, read more after the jump.

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Personal injury law isn’t held in the highest esteem by all. Consider these comments on our original small-firm post:

55 – [I]f you ever have hopes of breaking (back?) into biglaw, avoid (low end) insurance defense and (low end) personal injury.

135 – Most small firms do CRAPlaw like divorces, insurance defense, consumer bankruptcy, and personal injury. That’s just a fact of life. Very few small firms do anything else. Thus, most small firms pay $50-60k for miserable work.

But is personal injury getting a bad rap? If you’re a successful PI lawyer, you can make a fortune — all while standing up for “the little guy,” by vindicating the rights of the injured. See, e.g., John Edwards; Philip Corboy (recently honored by his alma mater, Loyola – Chicago, after making a major gift).
Here’s an open thread on personal injury law. Please share information, in the comments, about PI work — what it entails, your hours, your pay, opportunities for advancement, etc. Thanks.

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