Law Firm Culture


12 Ways to Get Your Head Straight

By | Oct.05.15 | No Comments

You know that feeling you get when, brilliant as you almost always are, the words refuse to organize themselves into anything more than just ordinary? When the to-do list on your desk threatens to rise …Continue reading »

Getting Ahead

How Does a Lawyer Find a Sponsor? 

By | Sep.15.15 | 1 Comment

Every lawyer can use a hand up, especially when it comes to navigating the unwritten rules of making partner or stepping into a leadership role. Sponsorship by someone with more seniority can make a difference in …Continue reading »


Honing Your Humility: An Antidote for Big Egos

By | Sep.09.15 | No Comments

I often begin leadership workshops by asking this question: What do you most look for and admire in a leader, someone whose direction you would willingly follow? What one word would you use to describe …Continue reading »

Attorney at Work Classic

The Dis-Associate’s Tips for the Young Traveling Lawyer

By | May.20.15 | 2 Comments

Young lawyer or even slightly more “mature,” every lawyer can use pointers on avoiding the awkwardness of business travel. Former columnist William Melater offers help in this classic “how to” from the Attorney at Work Archives. Initially, …Continue reading »

Attorney at Work Classic

How to Handle a Bully at Work

By | Apr.06.15 | 3 Comments

Unfortunately, bullying seems never to go out of style. If you find you are being bullied in the workplace, you’ll find help at hand in this “how to” from the Attorney at Work Archives. Yes, a law …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 »

Companionate Love, Part Two

10 Strategies for Bringing More Love into the Law

By | Feb.24.15 | No Comments

Last week, Christy Cassisa introduced us to the concept of “companionate love” in the workplace. It’s a type of emotional culture in which relationships are based on warmth, caring and connection — and, as Christy …Continue reading »

Banish Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

Making the Case for Love in Your Law Firm

By | Feb.17.15 | 3 Comments

Okay, don’t get your knickers in a knot. We’re not talking about illicit affairs steaming up the supply closet, or after-hours trysts with clients. Today, in the first of a two-part series, Christy Cassisa is talking about …Continue reading »

The New Lawyer

You Will Be Bullied — Be Prepared!

By | Dec.10.14 | 1 Comment

It’s probably a good thing that it happened to me right away. About two weeks into my legal career, I had my first encounter with a bully lawyer. I was working at the Chicago office of …Continue reading »

Ask the Experts

Gender Bias: Time to Leave Your Law Firm?

By | Nov.20.14 | No Comments

Question: I’m a young female lawyer working in a midsize law firm. It’s fairly obvious that women are treated as second-class citizens around here. Are there ways that you have seen to effectively battle this …Continue reading »