Is your law firm all you want it to be? Have you thought about what you want your firm to be?
When I practiced law I wanted my law firm to be like this:
- Puts its clients first and focuses on providing extraordinary service to those clients. The firm has client and industry based teams.
- Lawyers put the firm ahead of the individual lawyers. That means teamwork is rewarded more than individual successes. There are no “silos” in my dream firm.
- Hires new lawyers based in part on their “emotional intelligence” and whether they fit the firm’s culture.
- Consists of partners and associates who are never content with where they are in their career and are always striving to become better lawyers.
- Partners and associates know what is expected of them.
- Lives and rewards the culture described above and as a result partners, associates and staff are well compensated and excited to be a part of the firm.
As Dorothy said to Toto in The Wizard of Oz: “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” I’ve got a feeling it would have been hard to find my dream firm. I hope I am wrong.
If this is your firm, I am sorry I never had the chance to work with you. What do you think it would be like practicing law in a firm like this one?