I hate sterotypes.
But I can’t help noticing the demographics of grievance cases. I see a majority of accusations go to male lawyers in their 50s. That’s a pretty specific group. In thinking about why this is the case, I have a few observations. First, by the time a lawyer has been practicing law for nearly 30 years, they may have spent up to 60,000 hours of their life practicing law. Career burnout can create the kind of conditions for grievance where a client feels like their attorney is not 110% committed to the case.
This is not an excuse, but for many, it’s a reality.
Another reason is a tendency to lapse in CLE credits when one has decades of experience behind him. Staying on top of CLE means that an attorney is current on the latest information that can be of benefit to clients. And not staying on top of things can result in being blindsided by a client relationship.