04 April 2007 by Published in: General News 18 comments

Last August 1, I left one law firm to join another. The new firm was brand new and based on some interesting ideas and some interesting approaches to the practice of law, and those things appealed to me. I spent eight months there, and they were, for the most part, eight good months. Unfortunately, the economics there don’t work for me or our family, and I made the difficult but necessary choice to move on this past weekend. As it was the end of a quarter, it made good sense for me to make the move right away so I could start fresh right at the beginning of a quarter.

So, for the first time since 2001, I am, once again, a sole practitioner. I am in the midst of finding office space and making all of the arrangements necessary to hang out my own shingle again while I make some decisions about my future. It’s all-consuming and takes lots of work, but I’m getting there. I expect to have all of this wrapped up in the next couple of days.

Wish me luck. Once more into the breach……

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  1. Rob Wick
    Wed 04th Apr 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Good luck Eric. I kinda thought you were slacking off since you and J.D. published the Stuart book. This ought to keep you busy for, oh, about 26 hours a day!


  2. Lanny Thomas Tanton
    Wed 04th Apr 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Dear Eric,

    I am sorry to hear about your business arrangements. I know that such a situation can cause anxiety–it has for me. However, if I have learned from this blog something of your ability and character, then I am justified to have confidence that you will soon land on your feet and will be running ahead full steam. I send you all my best wishes on finding something that works for you and Susan . . . and that does not take so much time and energy that we are deprived of your scholastic efforts to help us understand better the Civil War.

    Best wishes always,

  3. Lanny Thomas Tanton
    Thu 05th Apr 2007 at 2:29 am

    Dear Eric,

    I see that you are going to be speaking our Austin Civil War Round Table on April 19th. Hurrah! I spoke there this past December on the role of religion in the Civil War (thanks again for helping me to locate some sources). I had talked to Dan Laney (our fearless and peerless leader) about having you come and I would love to take credit for your invitation, but I know that it is the quality of your Plenty of Blame book that really did the trick. Anyway, I am tickled to know you are finally on your way. You may expect a big turnout (and a good meal). You will enjoy Lost Creek Country Club and our friendly and intelligent members. I look forward to your presentation and meeting you in person.

    Best Wishes Always,

  4. Don
    Thu 05th Apr 2007 at 6:53 am

    Best of luck with the new practice and locating office space and such. I’m facing a career change this summer myself, and am more than a little anxious about it.
    Where did you move all of the books from your office, into your car? 8^)

    All the best,

  5. Sam Elliott
    Thu 05th Apr 2007 at 9:21 am

    Good luck, indeed. That will only set you back a week or two on on your writing projects, I’m sure.

  6. ptrostle
    Thu 05th Apr 2007 at 10:18 am


    Best wishes. One of my favorite lines……

    “Want to be your own boss and work half days? That’s fine – pick any 12 hours you like.”


  7. Thu 05th Apr 2007 at 10:27 am

    Thanks, everyone. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this, so I know what’s involved. I first went out on my own in March 1994 and was a sole practitioner until September 1998. I was then a lone ranger again from February 2000 until September 2002.

    I’m hoping that this particular term of lone rangering won’t be terribly long. I have some things in the works that will be quite good for me if they pan out. I will keep everyone posted as things progress.

    Thanks again for the good wishes.

    Lanny, I’m looking forward to meeting you in Austin later this month.


  8. Michael Aubrecht
    Thu 05th Apr 2007 at 12:23 pm

    If you end up destitute, I got an extra room (and a pool) if you need a place to stay. Of course if you do “move” down here to Fredericksburg, you’ll have to focus your work on the Confederate cavalry. I think it’s actually a law down here.

    Seriously though, with your resume, experience, and reputation, you’ll be successful in whatever venture you choose to pursue.

  9. Mark Peters
    Thu 05th Apr 2007 at 2:05 pm


    Good luck to you and Susan. Hope things are sorted out by the time of the Spring CWDG Muster.

    Best wishes,


  10. Paul Taylor
    Thu 05th Apr 2007 at 3:00 pm


    We’re currently walking the same path for I’m also in the midst of a change. Not a career one nor am I going solo, but angst-inducing nonetheless. Into the breach, indeed!

    Best wishes,


  11. Thu 05th Apr 2007 at 8:29 pm

    I will be rooting for you.

  12. Steve Basic
    Thu 05th Apr 2007 at 10:33 pm


    Never a dull moment out there in the Buckeye State is it? 😉 I know you will be fine, and I also know you will continue to do well.

    All the best from the Garden State!


  13. Jeff Phillips
    Fri 06th Apr 2007 at 8:36 am


    I didn’t know. Call me. As others have stated, I know you will be fine. Give Susan my best and let’s get caught up.


    A fellow bard

  14. Fri 06th Apr 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks, everyone. I made a deal for office space today and will be moving in next week.

    I will keep everyone posted.


  15. Harold Pearman
    Sat 07th Apr 2007 at 11:59 am

    Best of everything on your new venture. Maybe Sandra and I will get down to Wilmington NC in May when you are at the CWRT. We have a couple grandchildren there that might need a visit around that time.


  16. Teri
    Sat 07th Apr 2007 at 12:01 pm

    Can’t say I’m surprised. I’m sure the change will be for the better. Good luck.


  17. Sara
    Sat 07th Apr 2007 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Eric,
    I wish you the best of luck. Let me know your new contact information so we can stay in touch. Hope all is well with you and your family!

  18. Sat 07th Apr 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Teri and Sara,

    Many thanks. I have found office space and move in on Tuesday.


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