Long nights spent studying can teach any student a thing or two about their desired field, but there always is something you can’t learn until you’re actually out in the field. These local attorneys discuss the best lessons they learned after law school.

C. Curran Coulter II

The Coulter Law Firm

Never undervalue a good reputation. My practice in highly contested family-law litigation involves difficult and emotional issues. When my clients trust in my advocacy, opposing counsels trust in my honest dealings; and when judges trust in my accurate portrayal of the situation, I can more effectively and efficiently work toward accomplishing my clients’ goals.

Michelle House-Connaghan

Green Cordonnier & House

I have learned that there is no law school class that can substitute for real-life courtroom experience. I believe that the greatest power in the courtroom is not the facts of the case or the applicable law, but the preparation and presentation of the case in an efficient and persuasive manner. That process is fine-tuned and enhanced for me with each case I handle. My law school provided me the tools to be successful, but it is my experience that has made me successful.

Craig Kallen

Kallen Law Firm

Preparation is the key to 90 percent of my cases. Although knowledge of the law is critical, there is also no substitute for having critical information in time for trial.

Allison Lee

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal

Your reputation is an asset to every client you represent and is not worth sacrificing for one client’s demand for unreasonable results. Judges have long memories.

Ben McIntosh

Carmody MacDonald

Law school casebooks present the parties and facts in a dispassionate manner; everything feels like a distant, dry story that you can pick up and put down at your leisure. I was probably less than a week in at Carmody MacDonald before I was overwhelmed with a sense of responsibility for real flesh-and-blood people with pressing legal needs.

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