In January, Josh Rochlin, a 32-year-old associate at Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman, announced that he was leaving the law to jump on the Internet bandwagon. For months, the corporate lawyer had been working on deals by day and planning his new venture, a Web-based calendar, by night. Now it was time to raise capital and set off on his own.

He didn’t get very far – geographically, that is. Mr. Rochlin is still working from his old office at Rubin Baum, taking calls on the same phone, walking the same halls. But he is no longer one of the firm’s attorneys. Now Mr. Rochlin is a client. And he is a partner – though not in the sense lawyers tend to define that word.