I guess there are problems with virtually every area of the law. Whether it's long hours, ungrateful clients, miserable pay, or what have you.
Read this case to see what I mean. And imagine being the (third) lawyer appointed to represent White at his trial. Not fun.
Definitely makes me happy I'm in academia and can take -- or not take -- whatever cases I want.
P.S. - Notice also how long this criminal case took to work its way through the system. The district court docket number begins with 03. The Ninth Circuit number begins with 07. So you're talking nine and five years, respectively, to deal with a relatively straightforward case. Albeit one that involves someone who's incredibly disruptive.