What I’ve Learned from Others

This post discusses lessons I have learned from wise people to make me a better lawyer.

James A. von der Heydt. Patience and a calm demeanor. A recognition the answer is found with an understanding of the facts and meticulous research.

Lewis Gordon. Keep a sense of humor. Law is hard enough so learn to laugh. Remember the environment and advocate for it whenever possible.

Simon Rifkind. All trials are plays. Cast your client as the hero. If client must be the villain cast as a lovable villain. Judge trials are the same as jury trials except judge is a sophisticated theatre goer. Never waive opening statement.

Phil Carter. Professionalism. Look like a lawyer and act like a lawyer. Never underestimate your opponent.

Robert Tjossem. The best defense is a strong offense. Analogy is that of a bullet train. With your argument stay on your track, go at full speed to the station. Watch as the other side moves to your track and gets run over.

Charlie Burdell. Graciousness with confidence. A non ending sense of fairness. The quality of being a friend to many.

Rod Pierce. Fearless and unflappable advocacy. Unfazed in defeat; one battle does not make the war. Prepare for the next battle.

John Strauss. A fierce belief in the case. Strike first. Unwavering confidence in winning the case.

Rob Kornfeld. Accept the winners turn down the losers. Never rest on success. Stay on the horse and ride into the next one.

Scott Bowen. Reasonableness in attorney’s fees. Help those that need help. Firmness with compassion.

Steve Lingenbrink. Community involvement. Involvement by helping others with collateral benefit of attracting clients.

Bob Dawson. Think outside the box. Big defendants only respect the power of a quality well prepared case. Try the case and tell the story.

My Wife. Kindness to others, especially clients and staff.  A confident and happy legal assistant is a quality legal assistant. Nice to all without pretense.

Still Learning. I continue to learn from others. The day I stop learning and growing as a lawyer is the day I retire. At my rate this will be a long time.

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