Every job has its pros and cons and being an attorney is no different, in spite of what television programs may have you believe. In fact I was lucky enough to speak recently with Jonathan Levin Philadelphia based attorney at law and a great servant of his state and his country. Today we are going to give you something of an expose and lift the lid on what life is really like as an attorney, the good, the bad and the ugly. Jonathan is a serial winner when it comes to the law and he had plenty to say on the pros and cons of this career choice.
Jonathan is someone that has always sought justice and he loves nothing more than representing the misfits and the downtrodden in this world, in an effort to make things fairer. Jonathan tells me that what he loves most about the job, aside from winning, is beating the big money lawyers against a somewhat smaller opposition who may have less funds. Jonathan also tells me that he really enjoys the team work which goes on at his firm and that everyone knows and understand their different roles. Another huge benefit which he discussed was the respect which a position such as this is given by the public and ultimately he believes that it is deserved, as long as you also give respect where it is due.
Jonathan may enjoy the wins, the salary, the respect and the colleagues that he works with, but there are some aspects of the job which he doesn’t enjoy quite as much. For example he mentions just how many hours of work he puts in each and every day, sometimes up to 100 hours per week if he is working on a case. This volume of hours means that he misses a lot of time with his family and friends. Furthermore whilst Jonathan loves winning against the big boys he absolutely loathes it when they lose a case simply because the opposition has too much power, money or influence. Naturally he tries to do all that he can to win every case but sometimes injustice is served, simply because his client couldn’t compete. A final complaint which Jonathan has is that the process of a case can often take far too long and there is almost always a backlog in the courts, in his view he would prefer to try someone as quickly as possible, have justice be served and then move on.
In Jonathan’s mind the pros far outweigh the cons and he says that he wouldn’t change careers if you offered him a million dollars. He says that whilst he may complain a lot, there are complaints in just about any job and without them you don’t get to enjoy all of the good stuff that a job like this can provide you with.