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Getting old has never been so good. If you’re healthy and productive and eager to keep working, there’s a law firm out there that wants you. Need work/life balance? No problem. Fancy setting your own schedule? Done. No matter that you’re an aging baby boomer approaching senior status. You can demand — and get — flexibility.

That’s what Kenneth Adams did. Three years ago, Adams, then 58, had been working at Dickstein Shapiro at full velocity for 30 years and was one of the firm’s most highly compensated partners. He led a unique practice in complex antitrust litigation for large corporate plaintiffs, and he loved the element of risk. But after recovering more than $2 billion for 150 companies in a multiyear case against an international vitamin cartel, Adams needed a break. So he took two months off in 2004, he says, “just to get reacquainted with my family and chill out a bit.”

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