“So I received an $895 race car,” Porter says. “Thus began my hobby—obsession, really. It has been a problem of sorts ever since,” he says wryly.Porter is among a crew of attorneys who crave grabbing the wheel of a roadster, cranking its cylinders to 100-plus mph and burning rubber on the raceway. Whether it’s a need for speed, a search for an adrenaline rush, a love of automobiles or simply a passion from childhood, many lawyers relish racing cars in their spare time.They say racing is a release from work-related tension. “Racing and restoring cars to me is a way to keep yourself sane from the stresses of practicing law,” Porter says. “It also is way cheaper in the end than psychotherapy.”Yet Porter, among others, also compares car racing to legal practice. “I do see a mental similarity between practicing law and racing cars,” he says. “I race cars differently than other people do. I’ve been racing since the early 1990s, and I’ve never hit anybody and never crashed a car. That’s because I see the whole thing as a chess game. Every move has a consequence—similar to the process of being an effective trial lawyer. I try to plan… Read full this story
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