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Professionalism

Is Your Professional Life Personally Fulfilling?

The degree to which individual lawyers fail to find professional life personally fulfilling can be a clear indicator of their level of risk of a malpractice claim or disciplinary complaint. So let’s go with that. Ask yourself these quick ...

Mark Bassingthwaighte - September 23, 2013

Five Ways to Be a Positive Professional

I tend to think of lawyers as "brain gladiators," given how we flex our mind-muscles for our clients on a daily basis. But frustration, negativity and the daily grind can bring even the best Russell Crowe look-like to tears. So how can you ...

Ryan Sullivan - January 25, 2013
T-Rex with open mouth Otto Sorts

Dress for Excess

The other day, Oriella, one of the young legal secretaries, wore these sandal-type shoes with long leather straps wrapping up to mid-calf. I thought they looked pretty, and a little sexy, and remarked on them to one of the older partners. His ...

Otto Sorts - October 23, 2012

Pro Bono: It Pays to Be Good

Recently, New York became the first state to require that law students perform 50 hours of pro bono work before they can be admitted to the bar. Plenty of bloggers have already chimed in on whether this is a good or bad idea. There’s little that ...

Roy S. Ginsburg - October 15, 2012

Build Your Reputation While Helping Your Community

Let me guess—you don't have time to think about your reputation in your community, much less devote extra hours to volunteer activities. After all, you're already doing a lot for your community by doing what you do best—providing reliable legal ...

Noble McIntyre - August 17, 2012

Don’t Tolerate Jerks

Why do so many law firms protect their jerks — and what can you do when you've had enough of bad behavior?

William Cobb - August 15, 2012

Bite Your Tongue!

You might think the gift of the gab is an essential skill for a successful lawyer. And it's true that knowing how to think fast on your feet and verbalize points quickly and understandably can be important qualities. But it can be just as ...

Sandy Atwood - July 30, 2012

The True Meaning of Partnership

When I began consulting, it was my plan to focus on working with corporations. But one of the first calls I received was from the managing partner of one of the international accounting firms. When I said I wasn’t an accountant, he replied, “You ...

Bob Denney - June 27, 2012

Watch Your Courthouse Demeanor

In this excerpt from his book The View from the First Chair, veteran California defense lawyer Martin L. Grayson offers a crash course on the importance of courthouse demeanor, with tips for always (always) presenting your best professional ...

Martin Grayson - May 17, 2012

What’s in a Law Firm Name?

Sometimes a law firm name tells us a lot. A firm name composed of three guys, some of whom may have passed on, tells us the firm has been around for a while. "The Divorce Clinic" tells us what they do. If you need help with a merger, don’t ...

William Hornsby - April 9, 2012