This article is the fourth and final installment in our series 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 I introduced four notable athletes who went on to develop successful solo and small firm practices, and who have been featured throughout this article series: Kathleen McRoberts, Merrell Bailey, Bob Mionske, and Patricia Miranda. My second article explored how a background in athletics can impact an attorney’s fundamental decisions about his or her career. My third article explained how aspects of the athletic experience can influence an attorney’s approach to practicing law. In this article I will discuss the valuable lessons learned from sports concerning teamwork and sportsmanship, and how these lessons impact an attorney’s approach to engaging as a lawyer. I’ll also address how involvement in sports provides a unique perspective that assists attorneys in tackling an ever-present issue in our profession: work/life balance.