Lawyer Turned National Best-Selling Author Min Jin Lee Answers Our Five

“The primary misconception about ex-lawyers is that we remember any law.”

Not only is ex-lawyer Min Jin Lee the best-selling author of the rich and lovely novel Free Food for Millionaires, she’s also one awesome lady.  Min took a giant step when she left her New York corporate law position to become a full-time writer.  And look where she is now!

Shortly after meeting Min (as just one audience member at a packed reading), I left the law.  Her words of wisdom to me at that difficult time in my life were this:  “I think our paths are crooked and curious, but we have to keep walking and be sure footed.”  Her advice is something I have thought about frequently in the last several years, and I hope it will resonate with you fellow ex-lawyers as well.

Without further ado, here’s what Min had to say in response to our five:

1. Life for a lawyer who leaves the law is…not as bad as you would think it would be.

2. The hardest thing about being an ex-lawyer is…having to explain to sensible people as to why you left.

3. The best thing about being an ex-lawyer is…no longer having to make billables.

4. The primary misconception about ex-lawyers is…that we remember any law.

5. The main different between my life now and my life as a lawyer is…that I am doing what I want.

Min now resides in Tokyo with her husband and son, where she is working on her second novel, Pachinko.

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One response to “Lawyer Turned National Best-Selling Author Min Jin Lee Answers Our Five

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