Part 4 of Get Yourself a Sponsor — How to Approach A Potential Sponsor

Get Yourself a Sponsor - How to Approach a Potential Sponsor

This is the fourth and final article in a series about how a sponsor can help you get what you want from your career or practice. If you have been following along with the Get Yourself a Sponsor series, you now know: The differences between mentors and sponsors (Part 1) How sponsorship actually works (Part […]

Part 3 of Get Yourself a Sponsor – Strategies to Identify a Potential Sponsor

This is the third in a four-part series of articles about how a sponsor can help you get what you want from your career or practice. In Part 1 of Get Yourself a Sponsor, I detailed the vast differences between mentors and sponsors and in Part 2 offered details about how sponsorship actually works.  Now, in […]

Part 2 of Get Yourself a Sponsor — What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Having a Sponsor

This is the second in a four-part series of articles about how a sponsor can help you get what you want from your career or practice. In my last post, How Mentors and Sponsors are Different (and Why It Matters), I explained the benefits for lawyers of having a sponsor and described why a sponsor would […]

Part 1 of Get Yourself a Sponsor — How Mentors and Sponsors are Different (and Why It Matters)

This is the first in a series of articles about how a sponsor can help you get what you want from your career or practice. Richard is a lawyer I know from law school who went into the litigation department of a mid-sized firm after graduation.  He did good work for several different partners, including […]

Your Clients May Not Be As Happy As You Think

You’re working hard on behalf of your clients and most of them seem pretty happy.  After all, they are not complaining, thank goodness, and “no news is good news.”  Right? Perhaps not.  Just because your client isn’t complaining doesn’t mean he’s entirely satisfied with you or your firm.  In fact, a study performed by The […]

What Your Billable Hours Aren’t Telling You

Ask a group of private practice lawyers for a list of their pet peeves and, before long, the subject of billable hours will inevitably arise.  For most lawyers, even many who work on contingency cases and flat-fee matters, billing time is considered a necessary evil. Even if you religiously track time spent on your client […]

Increase Your Chances of Making Partner with These 7 Tips

These days, with law firms tightening their belts and keeping them that way, you may consider the prospect of making partner at a law firm more farfetched than ever. If you plan ahead and implement these 7 tips, though, you will greatly increase your chances of being the lawyer who makes it:

Why Your CLE is a Waste of Time

Recently, my next-door neighbor, Barry, rolled down the window of his car to say hello. We usually chat about the kids or what’s going on in our town, but this time he seemed slightly panicked, and I soon found out why. Barry was two weeks away from the conclusion of his CLE reporting period and […]

Making Partner in a Law Firm Starts with Accepting the Truth About Your Annual Review

Making Partner in a Law Firm Starts with Accepting the Truth About Your Annual Review

Want to know one of the secrets to making partner in a law firm? Pay attention to your annual review. One of my clients, a partner at a large law firm, told me today that the firm recently decided to lay off a senior associate in her department. There was a part of her that […]