Two of my recent columns in Litigation— “Five Traits of the Best Lawyers I Know” (Fall 2013) and “Fourteen Tips to Make You a Better Litigator” (Spring 2014)— invited Section members to share your own practical tips for success as a litigator. I am now awash in responses, far too many to print or to attribute individually. I have done my best to distill the collective wisdom of 60,000 members into bite-sized topics, synthesizing related ideas but retaining original word choice as much as possible.
The resulting list of secrets for success comes from litigators and judges across the country. As a result, not every suggestion may apply in your practice setting.But I hope you learn as much as I did from the insights of your Section colleagues. This list shows the Section of Litigation at our best: Sharing practical advice to advance our profession and the ends of justice. That is why the Section of Litigation remains—after 40-plus years—the premier organization for trial lawyers in America. I am proud to serve as your Section chair.
Originally published in Litigation, Volume 40, Number 4, Summer 2014.
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