Associates


Critical Questions for Future Partners

Maybe You Should Pass Up That Partnership Offer (Really)

By | Aug.09.17 | No Comments

You’re in a small firm with one or more baby boomer senior partners, and they’ve just made you an offer of partnership. Congratulations. Maybe. Before you accept, there are lots of questions you should ask. Here …Continue reading »


Young Associates

The Stoic Associate: How to Deal with Feedback and Worry Less

By | Jul.24.17 | 1 Comment

For many young associates, their first “real” job is at a law firm. If you fall into this group, it’s likely that you’re receiving honest — sometimes glowing, sometimes harsh —  feedback about your work for the …Continue reading »


New Associates

Three Tips to Overcome Impostor Syndrome as a Young Associate

By | Jun.27.17 | 1 Comment

Athletes often discuss the fact that each time they advance to the next level the game “speeds up.” The leap from high school to college ball is a significant one. Players are bigger, faster and …Continue reading »


New 'start fast' Associates Column

Path to a Successful Legal Career: Learn to Love the Process

By | May.24.17 | 2 Comments

A great deal has been said and written about the epidemic of the unhappy lawyer. Surveys suggest that career dissatisfaction among lawyers, and even rates of depression, are on the rise. According to research published …Continue reading »


Practice Management

Four Productivity Building Blocks of Effective, Efficient and Happy Lawyers

By | Feb.02.17 | 1 Comment

Recently I posed this question to lawyers: “Why are you at the office until 10 p.m.?” Working late from time to time is an unavoidable consequence of being a lawyer. Still, many lawyers fail to structure …Continue reading »


Time Management

Why Are You at the Office Until 10 p.m.?

By | Oct.24.16 | 2 Comments

The early days of my legal career at a big firm involved lots of late nights at the office. It seemed like I was routinely getting home around 11 p.m. — often later. It was a …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 »


NEW LAWYERS

17 Things I Wish I Knew as a First-Year Associate

By | Mar.11.14 | 3 Comments

A family friend will be graduating from law school this spring and starting his career at a large law firm next fall. Asked to provide some advice, I started compiling tips and recommendations — things …Continue reading »