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FOLLOWING MY OWN PATH
W hen you become an attorney, there are many paths you can follow. In my early days, I practiced law at a high- volume criminal defense firm. It was the kind of place that had multiple attorneys on hand and was constantly bringing in new cases. Two years in, I was taking on personal injury cases for the firm. The firm was growing fast, and I was growing along with it. Then, things changed. Growth stalled, but I didn’t want to stop growing and expanding my own horizons. I thought I was on track for bigger and brighter things at this firm, but I realized I was working harder for a future that wasn’t guaranteed. That track toward bigger and brighter things was quickly vanishing before my eyes. I had to do some soul-searching to decide what I was going to do next. Do I stay at this firm? Or do I go down a different path, open my own firm, and be my own boss? Well, I decided to open door No. 2 and follow my own path. I was browsing my old law school’s jobs board when I found a posting by another attorney. He was looking for a younger attorney to do some of the extra legal work he had. In exchange for these hours of help, he offered office space. That was it. I could work for this attorney part time while I created something of my own. I would have low overhead and wouldn’t have to deal with all the upfront costs of opening up a new business. Plus, I’d gain more valuable experience and get my feet wet as an independent attorney. Just as I hoped, the opportunity did allow me to grow as an attorney. Once again, my horizons were expanding, and more opportunities were cropping up. Eventually, the attorney who was letting me borrow space for case work wanted even more help. But I thought it was time to part ways; I was ready for a new chapter. In 2004, I went solo and opened up my own private practice — the Law Offices of Matthew Konecky, P.A. Since day one, I’ve experienced a number of ups and downs. One of the biggest
challenges was the economic crisis in 2008. It affected just about every business and made life hard on everyone. Thankfully, the law firm made it out relatively unscathed, but it wasn’t without plenty of stress. Now, 14 years later, I’m still learning and growing my law practice every day. There are always going to be new laws to study up on, new aspects of old laws to figure out, and a lot to learn about running an independent practice — and running it well. Through it all, I’m grateful to all the clients who gave me a call or walked in, giving me the opportunity to help them during a difficult time in their lives. It’s not always easy to ask for help. It’s truly touching when a client calls back a year later just to say hello, tell me they graduated from college, or let me know they got a job after overcoming their obstacles. The greatest reward of my career is being of service.
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