As I ease into the fall season of my first year as an independent practitioner I am struck by how different legal practice is now compared to a year ago at a traditional hourly billing firm. The work is still hard and challenging. However a lot of the extraneous pressure and distractions are simply not part of my day anymore. I really do find myself focused in on the quality of my work product and my relationship with my clients. These were two areas for which there was no time in a firm where the focus was driven by hourly billing and forcing clients to pay their outstanding bills.
I cannot put into words exactly how this transformation has occurred. Nor can I put into words how different it really feels to have the hourly handcuffs removed