New Lawyers

A Curmudgeon's Perspective

Experience Is the Best Teacher

By | Oct.01.15 | No Comments

When it was all over, I took a few days off. When I returned, the managing partner wanted to see me. I entered his office ready to be fired. It was the first big case …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 »

Easy as 1-2-3

The 1 Ultimate Answer to Tough Questions

By | Jul.27.15 | No Comments

I still remember my first day in torts class. Old man river, my respectable professor, called on me to analyze an opinion from some archaic case. “Ms. (unfortunately easy-to-pronounce maiden name), is this paragraph law …Continue reading »

Law Practice Skills

It Takes Two: Competence and Confidence

By | Jun.18.15 | No Comments

The joke goes that some lawyers lack both competence and confidence; call them newbies. Some lawyers have competence, but lack confidence. Some lawyers are competent and have the confidence to let others know about it. …Continue reading »

The Friday Five

Was Law School Worth It? Part 2

By | May.08.15 | 1 Comment

Is the cost of law school worth the Juris Doctor? Is the initial debt worth the eventual (and increasingly unlikely) partner payday? In last week’s Friday Five (“Was Law School Worth It?“), Annie Little asked five high-profile …Continue reading »

Business Development Strategies

Two Ways to Upgrade a Lawyer’s Network

By | Apr.02.15 | Comments Off on Two Ways to Upgrade a Lawyer’s Network

A diverse and high-level personal network can form the core of an extraordinary legal career. But merely having a network isn’t enough — you must know how to acquire influence and establish loyalty. This month, David Ackert and …Continue reading »


Just Passed the Bar: Want to Go Solo?

By | Mar.31.15 | No Comments

You’ve finished law school and passed the bar. Now the youthful energy that carried you through six, seven or eight years of higher education needs to focus on paying the bills. If you are like many …Continue reading »


Tips for the New Lawyer

By | Dec.12.14 | 2 Comments

This is not your usual Friday Five. Who among us couldn’t use some good advice? An encouraging little nudge or two in the right direction, or a timely kick under the conference table? And who …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 »


Lawyers Suck at Listening

By | Dec.03.14 | 6 Comments

Oh, don’t act so shocked. You know it’s true. Even if you’re an exceptionally sensitive lawyer, you’re still stuck dealing with other lawyers. And you’re not exactly a fan of being cut off, condescended to …Continue reading »