A Personal Perspective on the Bernstein Law Firm Difference

Practicing at Bernstein Law Firm has made an enormous difference in my life, and in the service I give my clients.

I have worked at large law firms. I have been a part of the corporate machines that incessantly push associates to bill more hours, no matter what the cost. I have been there. I have been exposed to unhappy clients, unhappy fellow associates, and partners who treat associates as poorly as they were treated.

According to an often cited Johns Hopkins University study of more than 100 occupations, researchers found that lawyers lead the nation with the highest incidence of depression.[1]

Seven in ten lawyers responding to a California Lawyers magazine poll said they would change careers if the opportunity arose.[2]  Surprising?  Not in the least.

For me, the opportunity to change careers did not just arise for me – but I sought it out.  After becoming so dissatisfied both personally and professionally while working at a larger law firm, I quit – hopeful that the bad dream I had been living would disappear.  At that point, I thought my legal career was over and I returned to school to pursue another career path.  Then, I came across Lou Bernstein and the Bernstein Law Firm.

Today, I enjoy practicing law.  I advocate zealously for our clients and feel supported while I do so.  I feel as though I am part of a team that is improving our client’s lives.  I know I am part of a team that has the best interests of the client and of other team members in mind.

The Bernstein Law Firm is like a family and the family composition does not end with its staff.  Clients join us for dinner and celebrations marking the anniversary of the firm.  My own friends constantly ask when the next Bernstein event will take place because they want to join!  It is truly unbelievable to me.  I could never have imagined, while working at previous larger firms, that I could become so lucky.  I could not imagine finding such true happiness while working at a law firm.  But I did.  And others can too.

Lou’s leadership and the firm’s culture he has created lead to an atmosphere that allows both personal growth and career growth for all involved.  Here, I am encouraged to be a well-rounded person with a happy and healthy lifestyle.  Because, as we all know – and as Lou demonstrates – to serve at your best, you must be at your best.

Now, I plan to maintain my legal career indefinitely.  Lou and the culture of this firm gave me that gift.  It makes my client service better – and I believe it makes Bernstein Law Firm very effective for all of our clients.

— Tracey Guerin


[1] Eaton, W.W. (1990). Occupations and the prevalence of major depressive disorder. Journal of Occupational Medicine, 32 (11), 1079-1087.

[2] Dolan, M. (June 28, 1995). “Disenchantment growing pervasive among barristers,” Houston Chronicle, 5A.

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