From Suicides to Layoffs: The Impact of the Recession on Lawyers

This week on the legal affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we look at the impact of the recession on lawyers and the legal profession.

In the first segment of the program, we discuss the recent rash of lawyer suicides and the problem of depression among lawyers. Joining us to discuss this is Skip Simpson, founder of The Law Offices of Skip Simpson in Frisco, Texas. Skip is a nationally recognized expert in suicide and a pioneer in the field of suicide litigation.

In the second segment, we look at what are likely to be the long-term impacts of the recession on lawyers and law firms. Sharing his perspective on this is Peter Zeughauser, founder of the Zeughauser Group in Newport Beach, Calif., and one of the nation’s premier law firm strategy consultants.

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  • Robert, please share this resource for depressed lawyers and those who love them: A video produced by the State Bar of Texas with lawyers talking about their recovery from depression. “Practicing from the Shadows” at

  • Glad I wasn't suicidal or laid off. I just got tired of relying on others (or other entities) for my livelihood and instead decided to trust my career to my own skill and discipline. Being a solo is the way to be.