When my partner and I started our firm in 2005, it was just the two of us and one secretary. Now we've just hired our tenth lawyer and we have two secretaries, two paralegals, and an office manager.
Needless to say you can't act the same way in front of all those people as you can in front of just one friend. My partner and I, who play the dozens on each other brutally and regularly, have to reign that in with newer people who aren't used to us yet. Everyone we've hired seems cool and fits in well, but there are cultural differences.
Case in point: Monday I'm driving up to USP Victorville to visit a client to discuss his habeas corpus motion. I'm bringing our newest associate with us. He's a bloke from England, quite brilliant, just admitted to the bar. He's unreasonably good looking, and Friday I sent around an email asking people to speculate how many cigarettes I'll be able to get for him at the prison.
I've gotten a lot of jovial responses.
No response from him.
I may have to pretend to be a grown-up tomorrow and apologize.
I'm not sure I'm suited for this employer thing.
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