I’m the only associate (mid-level) in a niche transactional group. My team is slammed. My paralegal is on leave. My partners keep delegating work to me but then I have no one to delegate anything to. Nearly everything for 2 big deals is on my list. I’m so stressed that I feel like I can’t breathe most days. I need help but there isn’t any available. I’m starting to feel like quitting is my only option. Any recommendations?

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Ask for help, make sure your partners are aware of your load witg specificity, like day by day task list,, and ask for help with prioritizing. Maybe there's some grunt stuff that your assistant can do then you can review (it's still takes time but hopefully less time than doing it yourself).

Your partners need you to not burn out, like you said you're the only associate so if you go they are truly helpless. Ask if you can get support from juniors in the general corporate group until you are no longer underwater or until the group hires more associates.

Make the case that you are drowning but you don't want to leave anyone stranded. Hopefully if things are this busy there's a strong business case for them to hire help rather than turn away work (or drop something). Good luck, you'll get through it and hopefully use your killer bonus on some r&r

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