“These are two incredibly niche, incredibly wonky practice areas that most other people find tedious and boring. Did you know that you can make a great living doing things that other people find tedious and boring?” Rosenzweig asked.
Rosenzweig has built her successful legal career by standing out from others and passes on that same mantra to other prospective lawyers.
“If you want to stand out from your peers and do high-end things far earlier in your career than you might expect, consider niche practice areas. You can do great things in, say, personal injury or family law, but it’s easier to stand out in smaller practices.”
Rosenzweig said she likes her job and finds it fulfilling.
“I get to practice law with good human beings. On any given day I might be responding to an Office of Lawyer Regulation inquiry, writing an opinion letter about some esoteric ballot access issue, representing an attorney at a hearing on a motion to disqualify their law firm, untangling a conflict, teaching a CLE, writing a blog entry, advising a first-time candidate about how to fill out a statement of economic interests. I get to do some things that matter very much to my clients, and some things that matter very much to the broader community,” Rosenzweig noted.
When asked if she had any regrets in her legal career, she replied, “of course.”
“On a macro level, while I regret staying too long in places that weren’t great fits (both in law and before that), I wouldn’t necessarily go back and change that if I had the opportunity. The science fiction fan in me knows that even small changes in the past can have profound consequences to the future,” she added.