- Relationship-Building in the Office
- March 13, 2015
- Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig LLP - New York Office
One of the best assets in your career will be the relationships with your colleagues. When you start out as a 2L in the summer, you will get to know and bond with your fellow summer associates. You may ask a fellow 2L to look over a summer assignment before it needs to be turned in. He/she may ask you to do the same. You start practicing together after law school, maybe in the same practice area, maybe in different practice areas. You still keep in touch because of the common summer experience and seek advice whether it be for personal or professional growth.
Your interactions with other attorneys during your summer associateship, and when you begin practicing, are just as important. These are the people who will mentor, advise and delegate work to you. They will be key to developing the lawyering skills that will advance your career and open new doors for you. And, once you become a shareholder, there will be times when the people who worked alongside you, whether as a summer associate or as a senior associate or a shareholder, will move on and work in a general counsel’s office and refer work to you because of the confidence and trust they have in your abilities.
Lastly, do not underestimate the power of your relationship with professional staff. The professional staff will file that brief for you before the deadline, make sure the closing of a deal goes off without any issues, or track you down when a client calls for a time sensitive response. The staff will make you look your best, but only if you’ve done your part and built a rapport with them.