I know you’re tired of hearing this, but here it goes: You will forever be a service partner, an indentured servant, a butler, a tool, flotsam—unless you have business of your own. That’s the song of survival that every lawyer learns the moment she steps into a law firm.

You can’t argue with that message these days. But have you ever wondered how much business you really need?

Jeffrey Lowe, the managing partner of Major Lindsey & Africa’s Washington, D.C., office, talks about this issue, and more, during our chat about lateral partners.