Partners leave. Clients leave. Law firms close every day. Just never thought it would happen to me. I always understood the practice of law. I understood the importance of developing into a well rounded attorney. I understood the importance of networking and developing your own clients. So how did I end up as one of those associates that sits around in his office waiting for work? Easy. Big paychecks, heavy workload and constant assurances from the higher-ups that the firm has plenty of business. Spare time was spent consuming luxury cars, 1080p LCD televisions, nice booze, expensive vacations, a condo, etc. Even found the time to get engaged. Job security was the last thing on my mind. "Do a good job and in seven years you'll be a partner." It seemed inconceivable that my office would fold. But it did. Anyways. I don't find my predicament very sad. That isn't the point of this thread. The point is that you shouldn't wait for it to happen to you before you realize that it can. This was my wakeup call. A much needed dose of reality to shake me out of complacency. No matter how dedicated you might be to your job, please remember to look out for yourself.