This Monday I'm opening up a new law office - Harvie denBok Pollock - along with new partners Allan denBok and Tyler Pollock. This will be my fourth "home" in 33 years. After starting my career with then Paterson North (now North and Company), I opened a humble little two man office six years into my practice with Parry McDonald - McDonald Harvie - and over time, grew to McDonald Harvie MacLennan, then Andreachuk Harvie MacLennan, then Andreachuk Harvie MacLennan Maxwell... until we merged with Huckvale and Company... becoming Huckvale Wilde Harvie MacLennan, then Huckvale LLP.
And it was a good run. No complaints, really. Obviously, like any marriage, you have your spats - but my former partners and our staff were good to work with, and were gracious in my departure. In fact, they are treating my wife and I to dinner on Monday night. Classy.
So - then starts my next journey, my next adventure, running a new office with two go-getter young lawyers.. and as we await our opening Monday morning, we're adapting to new accounting (Cosmolex.. good-bye PCLaw and good riddance), a new system in the "cloud".. all of which I'm sure will break down and cause headaches Monday. But this is the stuff of new business.
What pleases me, and gives me comfort through these stressful changes is knowing that in a few weeks, I'll be attending Lake Louise to chair a pre-conference panel on "How to Practice Family Law and Not Go Crazy"! If you've never been, I would highly recommend it... a more beautiful location to kick back and share some thoughts about retaining sanity in Family Law would be hard to imagine.
So there's that. If you're a lawyer, and haven't yet signed up, please do - basically we have a very special group of people who are going to shift gears away from the usual "this is the law" sort of thing, to a more macro look at how family lawyers (and lawyers generally) can reduce stress and trauma in a challenging area of law. Hope to see you there!