The Art of Practicing Law: A Practical Guide for Lawyers

The Art of Practicing Law: A Practical Guide for Lawyers

by John Allison


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This book is written for lawyers who want to master the art of practicing law, whether they are in private practice, in government agency practice, or working in-house for a business corporation or a non-profit organization. The book fills the gap between the critical skills taught in traditional law school courses and the additional skills and attributes that are needed to be highly effective as a lawyer. Law students reading this book will gain helpful insights about the practice of law as they decide where they want to practice. Practical guidance is provided on a number of topics, including these: building trust in professional relationships; communicating effectively with clients, colleagues and other people; dealing with difficult people; developing leadership skills; creating and maintaining solid relationships with clients; representing clients well; effective advocacy; the art of negotiation; using case themes and storytelling in civil lawsuits; taking effective depositions; working with expert witnesses; making the most of mediation as an alternative to litigation; handling ethical challenges; representing clients wholeheartedly without compromising personal morality or integrity; and maintaining personal well-being. The author is a successful lawyer with extensive experience, both as a law firm partner in private practice and as Assistant General Counsel in the legal department of a Fortune 100 company.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781544028699
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/30/2017
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

John Allison is a successful lawyer with extensive experience. He was a law firm partner in private practice for many years, representing individuals, small businesses, non-profits and large companies. His law practice grew based on repeat business and referrals from satisfied clients. While in private practice he chaired a committee of the American Bar Association, served as a Judge Pro Tem, and had management roles at two different law firms. He then joined the legal department of a Fortune 100 company. As Assistant General Counsel he hired and led teams of lawyers representing the company in mass tort, class action and other complex litigation, and wrote the guidelines the company used to hire and evaluate lawyers in private practice. His experience working closely with senior corporate executives and department managers enabled him to develop a deep appreciation of what clients want from their lawyers.

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