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Category Archives: Internal Firm Relations

What Helen Keller Can Teach Us All

I recently reread Helen Keller’s “The Story of My Life,” which is enlightening and inspiring to me in my role of helping lawyers and their businesses work more productively and earn more income. In particular, I found Ms. Keller’s learning … Continue reading

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Attitude Is A Career Builder

About a year ago, the legal recruiting market emerged from years of minimal hiring. Shrinking, not hiring, is how many firms got through the recession. Some firms did not survive. In the first part of 2014, law firms and corporations … Continue reading

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Tattoo Removal

A cynical and successful business lawyer I know believes there are three universal questions within law firms: “Who’s boss?”, “How loyal are you?”, and “How long are you planning to stay with the firm?” Some might say that the mere … Continue reading

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“Working” Holiday Parties

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Dinner, With You?

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Anita Hill Redux

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Do You Need To Carry Your Firm?

Earlier this month I received a call from the sole rainmaker at a small firm. He was in professional turmoil. During the last few years he has brought in less business. He complained of exhaustion and was angry about single-handedly … Continue reading

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An Excellent Legal Analysis of the Dewey & LeBoeuf Bankruptcy – see link below Thanks Jerry.

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Do You Really Want to be a Rainmaker?

It is sometimes a legitimate choice not to be a rainmaker. Some reasons are practical: not enough time, you have an academic or government job or work at a corporation that seems like it will be around for a while. … Continue reading

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Acquiring a Partner

Rainmaking lawyers need to decide (and sometimes decide again) whether they want to practice with partners. This is true regardless of whether one wants to acquire or shed partners. Near the start of a legal career, this decision is less … Continue reading

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