Pre-BP, I had a well-defined specialty as a lawyer and executive. It’s a small specialty with very few practitioners and it is among the few things a lawyer can do that other people think is cool. It’s generally multi-jurisdictional and the business tends to be more loose than in other practice areas. In other words, perfect for me.
In this field, I have a fair bit of renown. I have lectured on it, appeared on tv and radio to discuss it, and have a few subspecialties that earned me quite a bit of money over the years. Because I was an expert, it became sort of boring and I looked for new challenges.
BP and I met as the result of my expertise, when I brought him in on a project for one of my clients. The first few months we worked together, it was in my specialty. Over time, I expanded into his business and his (related) industry, leaving mine mostly behind. Even while I have been working with BP, I have kept a few clients and I have been open to taking on one or two new clients a year, but I have not really worked it hard since X and I ended our partnership and our friendship about a year ago.