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Is it ever too early to make partner? I left a senior associate position after 2.5 years as I was miserable. I’m coming up on 2 years with a solo, who approached me about my interest in partnership. I’ve only been licensed 5 years.

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I’m confused… based on your numbers you left a “senior associate position” - what in your 3rd year?

Yeah. That first firm, titles didn’t mean squat. I’ve been small firm my whole career. Put in 6 months under a solo and hated it so much that I left without the next gig. Was unemployed 4 months and was desperate for $. Started for a firm that had the owner, one associate in another practice area and hired me for everything but that area. It was miserable and I wanted out. Then we were due to merge and I stayed. Things got better, so I put in another 15 months. In the interim, my practice area got busy enough for a 2nd associate. The original associate, who eventually left, essentially demanded the senior title so I’d know my place. So I got it when there was another, less experienced atty, in my practice group.

The question is not so much is it too early, it is what is your revenue, how does the revenue share work, and is this what you want to do, and where you want to be for the foreseeable future? If partnership in the context of what, where, and comp causes you to shiver in displeasure, dust off the resume... If not, the next question is what is the buy-in for partnership? I have a colleague that was so happy with his associate that he made him a partner after 3.5 years of total practice. That's too soon for my tastes, but to each his own...

I agree with the comment above. In family law the firms are typically smaller so partnership is less regimented in terms of years out. Our partners promoted me to partner this year after I had worked for them for 4 years (licensed for a little over 5). I would ask to see their proposal re: what partnership means- income or revenue sharing partnership, liability, etc.

It’s never too early. People go solo or start partnerships straight out of law school. Being a partner has its plus and minuses like anything else.

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