By Matthew L. Lalli
There is a joke in large law firms that making partner is like winning a pie-eating contest in which the prize is more pie. If you have a low-to-moderate appetite for pie, the prize is not worth the effort. The same could be said of a practice niche I fell into somewhere over the past 30 years — taking over cases that are about to go to trial. Fortunately, I really, really like pie.