Working for a huge firm but wanting to take on smaller cases. For example working for an AmLaw50 but considering taking on criminal defense work but only for big matters. How do I pitch this up to the partners? Is it possible? Worth it?

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What exactly are you asking? I don't follow any of this.

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OP wants to do smaller cases, such as big cases. What are you confused about?

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Please save yourself the embarrassment of pitching this to partners. You’re an associate.

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Thank you so much. I was really just trying to understand but I get it. A few coins now could
Lead to expensive headaches later. Appreciate it

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Consider lateraling. Seriously. If you truly want to be able to work on smaller cases that you are given a greater degree of ownership on and in practice areas like criminal defense then a regional firm might be a better fit for you. You almost certainly will take a payout, but the reality is that v50 firms are not really interested in small cases or criminal defense (pro Bono cases being the possible exception).

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Thanks so much this was helpful

You want small cases, but want to take on criminal defense for big matters? I’m confused.

Also outside of white collar defense, can’t see what other criminal defense a biglaw firm would do, unless it’s for a prominent, high networth client.

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Thank you!

Watch: Devil’s Advocate. It will show you the way.

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If what you're asking is to work on smaller criminal matters, look into your firm's pro bono work. If you were saying you want to work on big criminal matters, switch to white collar or get out of big law. Otherwise I have no idea what you're asking.

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Don’t do it to yourself

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Because partners at big law firms generally have a single, life crushing focus. Profits. They get all weird by people who want to “do it differently” be “different” or do something that isn’t easily understood to people with limited fields of view. They may see you’re request as something “unique” and as someone that doesn’t want to do it to the way the “machine” does it.

You can find exceptions to the rule, but you need to do a sensitivity analysis. Why hasn’t this already been done? You’re definitely not a the first person to want this. But there’s a reason it’s not a major practice area.

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