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Jay Harrington Jay Harrington is the owner of Harrington Communications, a leading creative services and business development training agency for lawyers and law firms. He coaches and consults with lawyers and helps them build powerful personal brands and profitable books of business. His agency provides brand strategy, website design and development, and social media consulting to law firms. Jay is author of the book "One of a Kind: A Proven Path to a Profitable Practice." Previously, Jay was a commercial litigator and corporate bankruptcy attorney at Skadden Arps and Foley & Lardner. He writes regularly for Attorney at Work. Follow him on Twitter @harringj75.

Young Associates

For a Young Associate, Practice Makes Perfect

By | Nov.29.17 | No Comments

Across professions, there is a process to mastery. Hard work and perseverance don’t guarantee success, but it’s almost impossible to achieve success without them. This is particularly true in the legal profession, which is as …Continue reading »


Young Associates

Look in the Mirror: Associates Hold the Key to Their Own Happiness

By | Oct.23.17 | No Comments

In a 1955 essay in The Economist, Cyril Northcote Parkinson, a British historian, described a phenomenon that would come to be called “Parkinson’s Law.” His key insight: “Work expands so as to fill the time …Continue reading »


Young Associates

Think Big, Act Small: The Cure for What Ails a Struggling Associate

By | Sep.20.17 | No Comments

When I was practicing law at a large firm, the associate annual review period was always an interesting time around the office. This may not be true at all firms, and perhaps there’s more frequent …Continue reading »


YOUNG ASSOCIATES

How to Generate ROI as a Young Lawyer

By | Aug.29.17 | 1 Comment

Your law firm cares about your personal and professional growth. But make no mistake, the law is a business — often a cutthroat one. Your firm has made a big investment in you in terms …Continue reading »


Innovation Lessons from Amazon

The ‘Day 1’ Law Firm: Adopt This Jeff Bezos Mantra to Grow Your Practice

By | Aug.15.17 | 1 Comment

Jeff Bezos has many powerful mantras for his business, but this is one of my favorites: It's always “Day 1” at Amazon. What he means is that Amazon will never stop being a startup. It’s a …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 »


One of a Kind

To Build Your Personal Brand, You Must First Embrace Discomfort

By | Mar.14.17 | 1 Comment

Early in my career, I received contradictory advice about how to grow and advance in a large firm. The first school of thought suggested that I should keep my head down and just focus on …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 »