The perils of partnership (and how to navigate them)

Since January 1, I have been a partner at Bowie & Jensen LLC. As I previously posted, this is the promotion that I have worked for since starting at the firm in 2004. When asked to join the partnership, there was no doubt in my mind that I would accept. I realized that there would be some additional work, but knew that the benefits would outweigh the costs. Fast forward four months. Partnership is not simply a couple of additional meetings a month or a new title. Partnership is ownership. In addition to handling all the duties of a full-time litigation attorney, I am now dealing with managing others and managing the firm. Part of my job is to make sure that the firm is running efficiently and effectively. I spend more time thinking about the future of the firm, looking to increase our client base and making sure the lights stay on. The difficulty that I have faced is the balance between real legal work (i.e. billable time) and firm management. In an attempt to resolve the balance, I have been simply working longer hours. This, however, takes away from hours with family or friends or much needed personal time. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy being a partner and part of the decision making process. I have a larger role in choosing the direction of the firm. I enjoy being a part of management. But for those that are up for partnership this year, here are a couple of things that I believe will help the transition:

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