One of the benefits of running your own firm is that you don’t have a committee forcing you to retire. Perhaps that’s why some of the oldest practicing lawyers are those who work for themselves. Today, Bob Ambrogi, my co-blogger at Legal Blog Watch posted here about Reuben Landeau, a Boston lawyer who just passed away at the age of 103. According to the article, Landeau opened his firm in 1926 and last year, attended his 80th law school reunion. Perhaps it could be said that Landeau had a mandatory non-retirement policy; apparently, his 70 something son (with whom Landeau practiced) wanted to call it quits in 2004, but dad refused.
And in New Jersey, Florence Forgoton Adams, Monmouth County’s first female attorney, died at the age of 99, according to this
story. Like many female lawyers of that period, Adams started her own firm after graduating from NYU Law School, because none of the all male firms would hire her. Adams practiced law in Red Bank, NJ for more than 70 years, working a few days a week at her firm up until her death.
Mandatory retirement aside, why do solos stick with law for decades? Do they need the money…or do they love the law so much that they can’t part? Do you think you’ll be practicing law in your ’90s?