Then his fellow partners took the firm in a different direction. Writing his story on myshingle.com, Rogers said his partners wanted to to build up their business serving large clients—the kind who paid by the hour and had the money to do it.
Rogers had a different view.
I had developed a real love for helping individuals in personal injury cases. Having such a direct effect on the lives of my clients was something I took real pride in doing, and it was paying off. In partner’s meetings the topic of using our social conscience to drive our business was not popular. Our firm had contracted to represent several area hospitals and insurance companies and those large corporate clients allowed the firm a lot of security.
So he split.
“Just as my clients are on their own, fighting battles against insurance companies, doctors and hospitals, I was now on my own, fighting the fight with them,” Rogers wrote. “I broke free of the firm and decided to go into a solo law practice.”
The move was fulfilling, though not without challenges. Rogers said he had to learn how to build up a client base when “most personal injury clients are not repeat clients. …” Where at the firm he had partners to lean on as co-managers, on his own, he had to learn the ropes himself.
Now, he has again achieved a measure of security and a wealth of personal satisfaction.
“A law firm can provide security, but being on your own provides the freedom to have the direction you feel is right for you, your community and your country, servicing individuals as an attorney and a citizen in ways in which you are proud.”