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Emily Weber: How to Be a Top Lawyer in Your Field

By Chere Estrin

What does it take to become a successful lawyer in your particular niche or practice area? In a series of in-depth interviews for the Estrin Report, Chere Estrin profiles top lawyers from all types of practices. In this column, we zero in on their top tips. This week, we feature Emily Weber of Foley & Lardner LLP.

Emily Weber

Managing Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
Denver Office

“Going out on a limb” is how Emily Weber began her career in healthcare law, writing a letter to Vail Valley Medical Center asking if they wanted to hire her as an up-and-coming legal professional. That bold step landed her an in-house counsel job created just for her. Today, Weber applies a hands-on, practical approach to her law practice and prides herself on not being a braggadocio “but I really know how hospitals work.” As managing partner for the Denver office of Foley & Lardner LLP, she focuses on complex healthcare regulations and transactions, governance, fraud and abuse, and health innovation matters.

In addition to tenacity and the confidence to take initiative, here’s what Weber says you need to become a top lawyer in your field.

Five Things You Need to Become a Top Lawyer

1. Become an expert in something.

This may sound obvious, but if you aren’t a master of something, you are a master of nothing.

2. Give yourself time to become that master.

It could take decades, but provide thought leadership on the topic through speaking or writing. And find others who are interested in the same topic.

3. Take feedback seriously.

Don’t be afraid to seek out feedback and make meaningful changes to become better. It’s OK — no one wakes up knowing everything.

4. Find your network of colleagues.

You’ll need them to bounce ideas off of, and it can be a great referral network.

5. Figure out who you are and what makes you happy.

We all have lives outside of work and interests not related to our work. Having a happy and fulfilled life will make you a better, more well-rounded and interesting attorney with a good perspective. Clients and others in your network will be drawn to that.

Read the full Emily Weber interview on Medium.

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Categories: Legal Career Development, Professional Development, Professionalism, You At Work
Originally published March 9, 2022
Last updated April 5, 2022
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Chere Estrin

Chere Estrin is CEO of Estrin Legal Staffing (@estrin) and its medical records division, MediSums, and President and co-founding member of the Organization of Legal Professionals, a legal technology training organization. A former administrator for two major law firms, she has held executive positions in law firms, litigation support companies and as senior VP of a legal staffing division of a $5 billion publicly held corporation. She publishes the digital magazine KNOW, the Magazine for Paralegals, and is former editor-in-chief of Sue, the Magazine for Women Litigators.

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