May 19, 2011 Articles

Shedding the Aura of Doom and Becoming a Likeable Lawyer

This is a starting point to help you put down the scythe, shed the aura of doom that your clients may now sense, and turn yourself into a welcomed business asset.

By Carol Dominguez Shay – May 19, 2011

A client I met for lunch a few weeks ago said good-bye with the following words: “I hope I don’t see you again for a long time because when I see you it means we have trouble.” In other words, clients look forward to meeting with an employment-defense lawyer about as much as they look forward to encounters with the Grim Reaper.

This article is well intentioned and earnest, but it is realistic. You will not magically transform yourself from Grim Reaper to Santa Claus simply by reading these tips. But they are a starting point to help you put down the scythe, shed the aura of doom that your clients may now sense at your appearance, and turn yourself into a welcomed business asset.

These tips simply address the basics of personal and professional interactions with clients. Obviously, many other skills must be honed to develop into a seasoned employment lawyer, and you are encouraged to seek resources to help you acquire and refine those skills.

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