Most people can recall a time or two when an elder bemoaned how hard it was in the old days: “I walked to school through 10 feet of snow … uphill … with no shoes!”

For young attorneys, the equivalent are tales of senior partners who started in the profession in the late ’70s making, maybe, $20,000. Except that’s not an exaggeration, and the term “it’s all relative” doesn’t seem to apply.