WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE
YOU EVER RECEIVED? AS TOLD TO BETSY GRACA
Work as many different jobs and
experience as many different
things as possible.
When I was in high school … [a lawyer] told
me: Don’t just seek office jobs that you think
a lawyer might do. But instead, pick berries,
deliver newspapers, work in restaurants and
do all sorts of different things, because being
a good lawyer means understanding people
and what is important to them. … It's like the
old phrase: Until you walk a mile in a man's
shoes, it's hard to criticize him.
CHRIS ALSTON / MEMBER, FOSTER PEPPER,
Work hard, do good work, keep
your clients first and you will be
a successful lawyer.
It’s kind of an amalgam of two [mentors],
ROBERT TENNE Y / PARTNER, MEYER, FLUEGGE
who gave me this advice 30 years ago ... Alan
A. McDonald and Walter G. Meyer.
& TENNEY, PERSONAL INJURY
A good attorney must be a good
listener in order to understand
the problem facing their client.
First, you have to listen to the client; then to
other parties; and, if applicable, to the court.
In the end, the job of the attorney is to create
a viable solution for the circumstances.
EILEEN PETERSON / PARTNER, GORDON
THOMAS HONEYWELL, ELDER LAW AND ESTATE
Always ignore the petty insults
and bad behavior of opposing
counsel because it is simply a
tactic to divert your focus from
the important issues in a case.
KATIE MATISON / SHAREHOLDER, LANE
PO WELL, TRANSPORTATION/MARI TIME
Resolve to be tender with the
young, compassionate with
the aged, sympathetic with the
striving, and tolerant of the weak
and the wrong. Sometime in life
you will have been all of these.
More than 20 years ago, the late Lloyd Shearer
published a list of nine pieces of advice called
“A Guide to a Happy Life” or “Resolutions.” I still
carry that list in my wallet today. As the years
go by and my experiences have multiplied, I
am often reminded how good that advice is.
BRUCE GOTO / PRINCIPAL, RIDDELL WILLIAMS,
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