Meet FLEX Attorney T. Aidan Toombs

In our ongoing series meeting FLEX lawyers and hearing how FLEX is working for them, we interviewed Aidan Toombs to learn more about his FLEX experience.

Aidan has 7 years of experience as a life sciences lawyer. Prior to joining FLEX, Aidan handled a range of commercial transactions and privacy and regulatory matters. He was also an associate with K&L Gates and began his career as a scientist and patent agent. He earned a B.S. from University of Washington in Seattle, WA, a M.S. from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.
Q: How did you first hear about FLEX?
It was through an online posting for a position that looked really interesting, and like a great fit with my background. And it turns out that was correct!

Q: Why did you decide to be a FLEX lawyer?

I like the great flexibility (pun not intended but it works), with engagements anywhere from 2 days a week to 5, for a month or for many months, depending.

Q: What do you like about FLEX?

See above. I also like that the people at FLEX are really responsive, and easy to work with. There’s a sense of being on a team. And the clients like them too.

Q: What has your FLEX experience been like?

I’ve been fortunate to have an engagement that lasted for several months with a really great client, so my experience has been good. Again, there was flexibility in the amount of time required for the engagement, and really no hiccups in onboarding. I was able to jump right in and get to work really soon after hearing about it.

Q: What does a typical work day look like for you?

I like to get up early and get stuff done before work, and for me that’s generally swimming or Mass or maybe both. At my last engagement they provided lunch to everyone, which was a great way to interact with other people at the client’s outside of “work” without having to leave work.

Q: Was there anything that surprised you about being a FLEX lawyer?

I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of administrative hurdles I had to jump over. There were none really. Onboarding at FLEX and then at the client’s was pretty seamless.

Q: What would you advise an attorney who’s thinking about joining FLEX?

I would say definitely check into it, talk to the recruiters, see if there’s a fit between your skills and their wide range of clients.

Q: How do you think FLEX fits into the legal services market?

I can only see demand for this business model increasing, as needs for legal help can arise suddenly and then ebb just as suddenly. This saves clients from hiring an FTE they may not be able to support annually, or spending big money on outside counsel who’s not on-site or really integrated with the client’s culture.

Q: Finally, if you weren’t a lawyer, what do you think you’d be doing and why?

I’d be a priest, God willing. Why? Because I feel that’s what I’d be called to.