Grain-Free Donuts: The Founding of Hire an Esquire
Hire an Esquire raises a grain-free donut to National Donut Month. Find out why below.
Warning: Hire an Esquire’s history may contain gluten
My first taste of BigLaw life as a summer associate seemed to make me sick to my stomach. My 3L year was marked by a nagging sickness that continued to get worse. The specialist I was referred to (and waited 3 months to see!) assured me it was just nerves— I could wait for tests until after the bar exam. I sat for (and passed) bar exams in two jurisdictions while sick and shaky before turning down a Federal Clerkship. Instead, I accepted a job as a contract attorney where the flexibility accommodated my frequent sick days, doctors appointments, and tests. And here I found a magical world. My fellow contract attorneys were novelists, opera singers, and entrepreneurial attorneys building their own businesses and law firms. I could only imagine what I would do with all of the flexibility, time, and the ability to “shut off” that the contract world provided if my spare time wasn’t spent being sick.
After over a year in the contract attorney world, I found better doctors and found out that Celiac and a number of other autoimmune food reactions were the cause of my mysterious illness. I switched to the doctor-recommended gluten-free diet and then, impatient with the slow recovery process, my own research pointed me towards a grain-free diet which expedited my recovery. I then found out what I could do with all of my spare time as a contract attorney.
With a steady contract job at an AMLaw 100 firm, I now had a front row seat to the pain points of the contract attorney process from the law firm and attorney perspective. A technology solution seemed painfully obvious and absent to me and to the engineers I convinced to work for equity. Soon, I (along with my evenings, weekends, and eventually, my day job) became consumed by building Hire an Esquire.
In honor of National Donut Month, please join me in raising a grain-free donut to Hire an Esquire’s gluten-laced beginnings. These donuts and Hire an Esquire have a lot in common. Both are improved iterations of an existing product that result in a better, healthier quality of life for a special segment of the population. * Elana Amsterdam at Elana’s Pantry is my grain-free guru![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]