May 01, 2018 Practice Management

From Athlete to Advocate: Lessons Learned Through Sports Propel Lawyers to Compete as Champions, Part 2

By Stacey L. Romberg

This article is the second of four installments exploring the stories, lessons, and advice of high-level athletes who went on to become successful solo and small-firm attorneys.

This article series explores the relationship between sports and the law, and how athletics provides the perfect training ground of hard work, discipline, strategic skills, competitiveness, passion, balance, teamwork, and sportsmanship—all desired qualities for running a successful solo or small-firm legal practice. In my first article (here), I introduced four notable athletes who went on to develop successful solo and small firm practices and who will be featured throughout this article series: Kathleen McRoberts, Merrell Bailey, Bob Mionske, and Patricia Miranda. This article will discuss how being involved in athletics can impact an attorney’s fundamental decisions about his or her career, including the initial decision to become an attorney, and later the choice of an area of practice and whether to start a solo or small firm legal practice.

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