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Curmudgeon's Perspective

A Successful Legal Career

By | Jul.07.15 | No Comments

“What was the most important thing to your successful career?” Shelly asked earnestly. It was flattering to be asked. This young associate was interviewing the more successful senior attorneys in the firm to help her figure …Continue reading »


Curmudgeon's Perspective

A Matter of Trust: Can They Work as a Team?

By | Jun.09.15 | No Comments

“I don’t think this is going to work.” Judith slouched in the chair opposite my desk. “I mean, I don’t know if I can trust her.” I understood. One of our firm’s high-powered litigators, Judith was …Continue reading »


Curmudgeon's Perspective

A Fool for a Client? Be More Self-Aware

By | May.13.15 | 1 Comment

“She needs to just get on board,” Bob complained. “I keep telling her what to do, but she won’t stop trying to second-guess me.” As I listened to his complaints, I wondered if he had even tried to …Continue reading »


A Curmudgeon's Perspective

When You Find Yourself in a Hole

By | Mar.26.15 | 3 Comments

Editor’s Note: Catch up on all the crankiness in the “Curmudgeon’s Perspective” archives here. “I don’t know what to do!” he cried. “Now we’re forming committees to make decisions.” I had listened to his travails for the last year …Continue reading »


Curmudgeon's Perspective

God and Taxes: Controlling the Conversation

By | Jan.06.15 | 1 Comment

It may surprise some to know that I hold some very strong opinions. One of the burdens of having strong opinions is knowing when to share and when not to. Really, is it conceivable that …Continue reading »


Curmudgeon's Perspective

Best Way to Deal with a Jerk?

By | Dec.16.14 | 6 Comments

The associate walked into my office clearly upset and asked if we could talk. She closed the door and let loose: “George is such an asshole! He makes my life miserable and now he’s given me a bad …Continue reading »


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Senior Staff Performance — It’s Been a Long Time

By | Nov.11.14 | No Comments

I hired Pat over 30 years ago, and she has worked either with me or in association with me ever since. She never was a great legal secretary, but she’s reasonably bright, loyal and, for …Continue reading »


Curmudgeon's Perspective

Not My First Time at the Fashion Rodeo

By | Oct.15.14 | 1 Comment

I’ve been through a few fashion trends and I appreciate others’ perspectives on style. In our profession, it’s important to look … professional. Looking good can help bolster your self-confidence and can certainly affect how others see you. …Continue reading »


Is It Senior-Lawyer Wisdom or Just Weariness?

By | Jun.16.14 | 3 Comments

Oh, I admit I was a little hard on my colleagues, but in my defense, their idea was an old one we tried years ago to no avail. Still, I guess they felt I was a …Continue reading »


There’s Always a Mordred in Law Firms

By | Mar.19.14 | 1 Comment

Joe stormed into my office and demanded to borrow my nine iron. It has a nice feel and weight, and I use it to practice swings in the office when I feel tense or meditative. …Continue reading »