"I realize it's not your usual focus, but I would appreciate advice from somebody as impressive as you are, I have practiced forty years..."
I think if you practiced over forty years, that's quite a while. But that's certainly not anywhere near the end of your career. Attorneys practice into their late 80s these days. And some even longer than that. But what I would do is, yes, I would try to look for people that you may have some sort of connection to, that you may have worked for before and try to potentially work with them if that's possible. That would be how I would try to approach it. I would try to find people that you may have had have some sort of connection with to work with. It's gonna be very hard if you don't have that sort of experience in your career so far.
You've been practicing for so long that very few people want to hire you for another practice area because they're gonna believe that your skills are already well set by that point in time. People you may have worked with in the past, there's plenty of people that would give you work if you can connect with them in other ways as well. So that's how I would deal with that.