Curmudgeon’s Perspective


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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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Change, Period

By | Feb.10.14 | 1 Comment

The other day my son was bemoaning the new development on the edge of town that was once an empty grassland with a nice sweeping view. Changes, he lamented, seemed to be coming faster and …Continue reading »