Curmudgeon’s Perspective

Curmudgeon's Perspective

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

By | Jul.18.18 | No Comments

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund Burke It’s been a while since I’ve posted in this column. But the release of the new Jurassic World …Continue reading »

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The Project Management ABC’s

By | Jul.27.16 | No Comments

A Curmudgeon’s Perspective. The Attorney at Work compilation about time management and productivity (“A Matter of Time: Time Management and Productivity Tips for Lawyers“) got me thinking about how lawyers are drawn to chasing new …Continue reading »

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You Talking to Me?

By | May.09.16 | No Comments

“We can surely do better,” read the last line of the email.  “What the hell does that mean?” asked Margaret. The young associate had just helped win a big case, and she was reading a “thank you …Continue reading »

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Fighting Words: Letter of the Law

By | Mar.22.16 | 1 Comment

My neighbor Charlie stopped me in the driveway the other night and asked, “Can you help me here? I got this stupid letter from some jerk lawyer, and I’m mad as hell!” He was red-faced, waving …Continue reading »

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Anti-Social Media

By | Jan.05.16 | No Comments

Maybe as I get older I have less patience for things that seem wasteful or meaningless, or maybe I’m just getting crankier. I suspect people who work with me would choose the latter, but I have …Continue reading »

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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 »

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The Lawyer Who Liked to ‘One-Up’

By | Aug.27.15 | 1 Comment

“I never seem to get it right enough with him,” Sara told me, as she expressed her frustrations about being on Terry’s case team. “He always has to do it better than me.” I nodded. Terry was an …Continue reading »

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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 »

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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 »