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Now It Gets Interesting; Want to know how to be successful as a partner? Ask the pros.

January 1, 2017, The American Lawyer

Keir Gumbs is quoted by The American Lawyer in a feature providing advice to young partners. According to Gumbs, “I was very nervous as a junior partner. I spent more time than I should have worrying about what I was supposed to be doing. I think I probably took a year off my life with the self-imposed stress levels. I thank goodness that I am past that part of my career.”

“When I made partner, I was very stressed out about what the expectations for me would be. I had a few clients call and say things along the lines of ‘Congrats on making partner. Now go find us a new associate.’ How would I keep myself busy? Was I now expected to generate and perform all of my own work?,” Gumbs says. “Fortunately I had very good mentors who helped me understand how to be successful as a partner. Part of that meant remembering how I’d gotten to the partnership: doing good work, developing relationships with clients and continuing to develop as a lawyer. They helped me put together a plan to bridge the first few years of the partnership and reassured me that it would work out.”

 

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