Bloomberg Law
Dec. 21, 2020, 10:02 AM

Lawyer Takes Break from Big Law to Hike the Appalachian Trail

Brian Baxter
Brian Baxter

J. Andrew Marlar hasn’t billed an hour since Feb. 27.

After two decades of law firm life, the public finance, real estate, and nonprofit compliance expert needed a change.

Just before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Marlar left the partnership at Kutak Rock in Atlanta for the Appalachian Trail, a nearly 2,200-mile trek from Georgia to Maine.

“The world turned sideways, but I kept walking,” said Marlar, who planned the journey prior to Covid-19. “It was such a great experience in a terrible year. And when I got off the trail, I decided I wanted to do something different career-wise.”

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