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How to Handle the Billable Hour

Like many lawyers, I am beholden to the billable hour: a set number of hours I need to bill each year to stay in good standing at my firm and get my bonus. 489 more words

Junior Attorneys

By Your Fingertips

This one really happened – and it happened to yours truly (as opposed to the usual disguised anecdote loosely based on a factually altered tale from one or more carefully anonymized clients.) 3,308 more words

Thoughts And Musings


Something worth watching could be happening at King & Wood Mallesons, one of the world’s largest law firms. It has an interesting history, a challenging present and, perhaps, an even more challenging future. 568 more words

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Making Mistakes

I had my annual performance review recently, and it was … not pretty. It wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been — I didn’t cry, and I didn’t get fired — but I’m essentially on probation.  587 more words


Shall we begin recording?

Mike DeBlis is an exhilarating interviewer. After chatting away merrily for nearly an hour, delving down into the issues in a refreshingly honest and unvarnished manner, he surprised me by nonchalantly announcing:  “Will, this is great.”  I, of course, enthusiastically agreed.   274 more words

Thoughts And Musings

Giving & Getting Helpful Feedback

I recently attended a presentation from a consultant hired by my law firm to prepare both the partners and associates for our annual reviews, and something he said resonated with me.  336 more words


Ask For Time

If you don’t think you’ll be able to finish a task by a certain deadline, ask for more time. (This is assuming that the deadline is a soft deadline, not a court filing date.) When I give assignments to juniors, I usually set some sort of soft deadline — mostly to make sure that they actually work on it instead of pushing it to the side. 108 more words