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Casting a Wide Network

November 30, 2007

At the YLD Holiday Party last night at Triumph Brewery, I had the opportunity to meet several attorneys who had either just started practicing or had recently located to the Philadelphia area.  While it is always a pleasure to socialize with colleagues you have known for years, I find it refreshing and valuable to meet more young lawyers in the city. 

In our profession, we have our typical work responsibilities to our clients and our superiors.  Additionally, though, it is quite beneficial and important to meet and get to know other lawyers beyond those who work at your respective firms.  These folks can be your current or future adversaries, co-counsel, or even clients.  When you’re dealing with opposing counsel who you know, be it through bar association events or other networking activities, the relationship tends to be more cordial and professional.  The partners at your firm may even be impressed or increase their perception of you if you know your fellow colleagues. 

So the point is that being connected and getting to know people at bar association events or other activities has a lot of benefits.  It doesn’t necessarily matter what you’re involved in so long as you’re involved.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Abbie permalink
    December 2, 2007 11:32 pm

    This is good advice. I try to meet at least one or two new people at every event. It’s also important not to ignore the significant others of lawyers at the events.

  2. Dave Koller permalink
    December 4, 2007 5:19 pm

    i agree and dont believe people who tell me that the bar association is for people with too much time on their hands.

  3. January 25, 2008 5:12 am

    what i want to know is how to turn those new contacts into successful networks?

  4. John E. permalink
    January 25, 2008 5:25 am

    Ah, that’s the secret. It’s the same as client development. Sometimes, it takes multiple meetings and visits with potential clients until something finally pans out.

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