I tried a wide variety of practice areas and eventually found that I was best at family law and bankruptcy cases (and of course, personal injury cases). What especially helped me was during my first few years of practice I found a niche area of practice representing residential tenants against their landlords. There were very few attorneys would take this kind of work because most tenants are not able to afford the fees attorneys need to make a profitable living. Indeed, I didn’t make much money when I was regularly representing tenants– in fact I probably lost money – but I gained lots of courtroom and trial experience very quickly. I tried cases in almost all of the Justice Courts and in the Superior Court. I became familiar with many of the judges and their staff members. I thought of it as part of my education, and it did pay off tremendously in the long run. It built my courtroom confidence and sharpened my advocacy skills.