Navigating a Two-Lawyer Household

Balancing brief writing with toddler bedtime and struggling to get breakfast on the table while answering urgent emails. These are a few of the challenges described by Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Chad Golder in an article he wrote on navigating a two-lawyer home for The National Law Journal, published on May 31, 2018.

“Add to this unexpected work travel, a snow day, or any other crisis that can throw off our best-laid routines and the baseline stresses that come with being a lawyer skyrockets,” Mr. Golder wrote about practicing law and raising a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter with a spouse who is also a lawyer.

Mr. Golder draws inspiration from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her late partner, Martin Ginsburg, as emblematic of a successful two-lawyer household. He points to the various compromises, both professionally and personally, that the couple undertook to enable one another’s successes.

“We need not reach the pinnacle of our fields like Justice Ginsburg and her husband. All of us might flourish just a little more at the workplace and at home if we treat the other’s work as important as our own,” he wrote.

Mr. Golder is a partner and founding member of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He is married to Erica Ross, an assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, and father to Sydney Ross Golder.