The first firm I worked for had two partners, one legal assistant, and me—a brand new associate.
My friends from law school mostly opted for spots in larger firms and corporations. Both of my partners were deeply dedicated to my development, but it had been years since either had lived through the day-to-day drama of life as a new associate. With no obvious place to turn when I had questions, I did what a lot of young lawyers do: I went at it alone. That was a huge mistake.