Atrium, a law firm for startups, is laying off most of its attorneys and paralegals — now focusing primarily on tech tools it developed for lawyers and law firm clients.https://t.co/eACQd8SCqy— Axios (@axios) January 13, 2020
I was one of the RIF’d Atrium lawyers.— _g4brielShapir0 (@lex_node) January 13, 2020
They hired me in November, I moved to SF from MIA & started the second week of December.
After 3 weeks, I received a WARN Act notice. I have no reason to believe that every firm employee did not get onehttps://t.co/3snyulhht5
Needless to say, in light of the cross-country move and abruptness, this has been enormously upsetting & disruptive to me.— _g4brielShapir0 (@lex_node) January 13, 2020
I will say no one at Atrium seems to care. They offered me to join their platform where I pay all costs & they would take 1/3rd of my billings. No thanks.
They also offered other lateral move assistance, but who wants to negotiate offers in a massively weakened & rushed position, or to delegate this to people who would drop the ball so hard as to hire someone new at a time like this in the first place?— _g4brielShapir0 (@lex_node) January 13, 2020
I am seeing some abysmal takes on Twitter–e.g. that the tech was so good lawyers were no longer needed, or that the attys were Luddites who couldn’t adapt to the software.— _g4brielShapir0 (@lex_node) January 13, 2020
Please, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, don’t talk about it. People’s careers are at stake.
I loved the original mission of Atrium, which was to disrupt BigLaw inefficiency by making attys more efficient with software.— _g4brielShapir0 (@lex_node) January 13, 2020
The new model is nothing to be admired and IMHO will Uberize/dsirupt solo and boutique practitioners, driving down rates and degrading service quality.
Overall, this is yet another lesson in both Silicon Valley hubris and how tricky it is to have a successful legal career.— _g4brielShapir0 (@lex_node) January 13, 2020
I have unmasked myself & declared myself an “autonomous attorney” because I am determined to try my hardest never to be in this position again.
The future of technology and services is P2P relationships, not value-extracting middlemen. Atrium’s new model is anachronistic.— _g4brielShapir0 (@lex_node) January 13, 2020
Let us all fight for the decentralized future by dealing directly with each other & achieving scale with dissident, truly P2P technologies.