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Susman Godfrey 5th year associate. AMA- Ask me anything

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Has anyone made the jump from insurance defense to working for the government (i.e. state attorney’s office)? It’s something I really want to do in the next couple years. Any tips/advice on the transition and taking a pay cut?

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My age: 42, Spouse: 53. Spouse retired. Current real estate value - $6 M (Net after loans is $4.5 M) Combined 401K/IRA accts = $1.9 M Liquid/short term assets: $250K.  Net Monthly income from rents $10K Monthly expenses $14K. $4K shortfall after rents Estimated future income: Spousal 401K draw in 6 yr (~$5K/mo) Spousal pension in 9 yr ($5K/mo) My MD pension - 9 yrs to vest, 16 yrs to draw- ~$5K/mo My 401k draw - 17 yrs - $5K/mo Options: Retire in 6 years, 9 years or earlier. Thoughts?

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