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When Paul Rawlinson, the head of global megafirm Baker McKenzie, announced last month he would be stepping away to address health problems caused by exhaustion, he drew attention from around the legal community.

For many law firm leaders, the news presented a moment to take stock of the heavy toll the position can take on a person. Running a midsize firm may not require tending to 78 offices and nearly 5,000 lawyers, as Rawlinson’s role did, but it is a challenging task all its own. In managing attorneys and staff, charting a successful course for a multimillion-dollar business and maintaining a busy practice all at the same time, managing partners at midsize firms are susceptible to overwork and exhaustion.

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Ben Seal

Ben Seal is managing editor of The American Lawyer. He joined the magazine in February 2018, and previously spent five years working for The Legal Intelligencer, editing the paper's magazines and supplements and reporting on Pennsylvania's state courts, legislature and Attorney General's Office. Contact him at [email protected] or @BSealTAL.

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