Home Office Lawyers Face Discrimination

Let’s be honest about it. If you’re not a home office lawyer, you’ve dealt with one or more who are along the way. And you probably felt they were “less professional” in one or more ways. I know because I used to hear the comments when I managed firms. For that reason, I hid the fact that I run my consulting practice from a home office for a long time. I finally “came out of the closet” when I wrote an article entitled “Telecommuting and the Perfect Home Office” for the Pennsylvania Bar News in June, 2001.

I still encounter prejudice on occasion when I tell someone I operate from a home office. I can see their opinion and attitude displayed clearly in the expression on their face. First some form of mild shock, akin to the look that one uses when noticing a large wooly spider on the wall. Then the look evolves to something akin to that which one displays at the sight of the squished spider in the tissue. Yuck!

I think it is important to distinguish between a fly-by-night on-a-shoestring operation, with a lifestyle-choice professional set-up. Just because one chooses to forego many of the trappings of an outside office, doesn’t make the individual less professional or less effective. Although it does often make the individual more affordable. One of the multitude of reasons I choose to remain in a home office setting is that I have purposely concentrated in serving the needs of solo and small to mid-size firms. I want to ensure I remain affordable for those who most need my services. And yes, I admit it, I DO like working in my fuzzy slippers!

I came across a post in the Home Office Lawyer blog today concerning the blatantly unfair, humbling and maddening experience of one attorney, based entirely on prejudice toward home-based lawyers. In the post entitled “Home Office Lawyering Takes An Unfair and Prejudicial Hit” blog author and attorney Grant D. Griffiths writes:

My friend, fellow blogger and home office lawyer, Susan Cartier Liebel provided me with the following post. Her post brings to light the stupid attitude some have about a home office lawyer. Some consider us second class attorneys, not worthy of a fee. Please read Susan’s post and leave your comments. This should get your blood boiling.

And Grant is correct. Take a few minutes to read the post and add your comments.

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