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September 2008 Issue

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Midcareer Malaise

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Seventeen years into his career as a plaintiffs lawyer, Jeb Wait grew weary. He was tired of battling with the opposition, of court deadlines and of dealing with dishonest professionals.

For Wait it was something akin to a midlife crisis, and he decided to redirect his career into consulting for mass tort pharmaceutical litigation. The Houston lawyer, who also has a medical degree, says he is much happier after the shift.

“Midcareer,” he explains, “is when you wonder if what you’ve been doing was really what you wanted to do, while also wonder­ing if you have enough time left to do something else that you really want to do.”

Call them the Jan Bradys of the legal profession—those lawyers in the middle. Typically, they’re 10 to 15 years out of law school and, if they’re practicing at law firms, are senior associates or junior partners.

Feature Section

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ABA Connection

Gulp

Litigation won’t end the battles over depleted water resources in several regions of the United States.

Supreme Court Report

Points of View

McElhaney on Litigation

How to Stop the Blitz

President's Message

Justice to the Core

Precedents

September 15, 1963

Letters to the Editor

Deserving of Attention