One of my favorite ways to think about practicing lawyers is as trusted advisors. As a senior associate, reading The Trusted Advisor by David H. Maister, Charles H. Green, and Robert M. Galford changed my approach to work. If you find that advising clients is one of the most rewarding parts of practicing law, you might consider becoming a consultant instead. The ex-lawyers profiled in this section all serve as trusted advisors in various fields of expertise.

Greg Stone, a media consultant, changed his mind about practicing law while he was still in law school. He moved on to a career in journalism and video production. He encourages college students who are considering law school not to go unless they know with some specificity ...

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