May 01, 2015

Reviving Your Legal Career in the Wake of Addiction

Ann M. Israel

Back in the go-go 1980s, I had in my attorney search firm an employee—let’s call him David—with a clear and obvious addiction to cocaine. At first I tried to ignore David’s problem. Eventually, however, the addiction took over his life, and I realized it was potentially injurious to my company to let him deal with candidates and clients. I attempted to counsel him and advised him to get outside help, but he was not interested in hearing what I had to say. I had no choice but to terminate his employment for cause.

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