platform that’s appropriate for a lawyer will
be the one that allows him to bring a cer-
tain degree of entrepreneurship to the table.
Beyond that, though, “There really is no
single path for any lawyer or person,” said
Shein. “You have to find your path, as long
as you approach that path having fun, with
passion, and caring about what you do.”
Congratulations to David French, and all
• Neil Biskind, Biskind, Hunt & Semro
• Lew Clark, Squire Patton Boggs
• Darrell Davis, Clark Hill
• Leah Freed, Ogletree Deakins
• Grady Gammage, Jr., Gammage
• Mark Nadeau, DLA Piper
• Dave Shein, Chester & Shein
• Billie Tarascio, Modern Law
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BY TIM EIGO
Law Practice “Fit” a Career Challenge
“Am I in the right place for my law practice to grow
It’s the rare attorney who hasn’t asked herself that question occa-
sionally—or often. Such a clear-eyed analysis may be the ingredient nec-
essary to construct a successful professional career.
That question was the driving force behind a May Phoenix event,
hosted by D. French Advisors. Moderated by attorney and placement
expert David French, the roundtable gathered eight lawyer–panelists,
each representing a different kind of practice niche.
Incisive questions from French and the audience required panelists
to drill down into why their particular practice-platform fit their personality and goals.
The roundtable’s format well served the event’s themes: There is no
one size that fits all. And long-term success will require self-knowledge
and a good amount of trial and error.
Billie Tarascio, owner of family law firm Modern Law, captured the
thoughts of other panelists, whatever their platform: “Our job is to decide
how we can provide great value and next-generation service to clients.”
“We need our clients to be our biggest advocates.”
Client satisfaction was also the theme for Mark Nadeau, at the other
end of the firm-size spectrum. The founding partner at DLA Piper’s
Phoenix office said, “We have the same approach to customer service.
We must be quick, thoughtful, and productive.”
“You never know when opportunity will knock. But when it does,
you want to be able to answer the door.”
Other panelists described modern problems, including: the ever-in-
creasing challenges facing mid-sized local firms; how to foster connec-
tivity among and with hard-working associates; and how to demon-
strate your value to clients.
Ultimately, the attorneys agreed that professional satisfaction is
closely connected to client service. As Nadeau said, “I like having fun.”
And Dave Shein, of Chester & Shein, added, “If you’re not having fun,
it’s visible to the client.”
Even a service profession like law requires creativity for success. The
Billie Tarascio speaks on engagement and productivity.
David French asks, “What makes a successful career?”
Leah Freed discusses her national practice.