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Editor’s Note: This story is adapted from ALM’s Mid-Market Report. For more business of law coverage exclusively geared toward midsize firms, sign up for a free trial subscription to ALM’s new weekly newsletter, The Mid-Market Report.

There’s a common emotion expressed by many ex-managing partners of midsize law firms when they’re interviewed about handing off the reins and getting back to the practice of law: relief.

While the concept of hiring nonlawyers to handle the business affairs is just now starting to catch on among firms outside of Big Law, the vast majority of midsize shops still ask their partners—and very often their rainmakers—to pull double duty as practicing attorneys and business leaders. Unfortunately, even the ones who are good at it tend to get burned out by the administrative work.

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Zack Needles

Zack Needles is Global Managing Editor, Regional Brands at ALM. He is also the Managing Editor of The Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Delaware Business Court Insider and Delaware Law Weekly. Contact him at 215-557-2373 or [email protected] On Twitter: @ZackNeedlesTLI.

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