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January 18, 2018

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The Power of Gratitude

January 18, 2018

Early this month I handled a complex hearing that spanned multiple days and ultimately resulted in the appointment of a receiver of my client's choice. It was grueling: as is so often the case, I was the youngest attorney and only female attorney on the case, and my client team included a roster of highly experienced business professionals, including a patent expert that literally wrote many of the patent law jury instructions in this district. Can you say intimidating?  


After many days of preparation and long nights, we pulled it off. Two days later, I received a voicemail from the patent counsel just to say great job. Congratulations are few and far between in this business, and wow were those simple words of thanks appreciated. 


I have a client who always has nice things to say. It makes me willing to go the extra mile for him, even if the extra mile involves doing work that I wouldn't take from someone less wonderful to deal with. For a kind person, I am literally happy to help. 


Another client was tied up with me for facilitation for two straight days and thanked me profusely, even though we ultimately walked out and didn't settle. It was nice to have someone recognize the effort that goes into this job. 


This year I resolve to show more gratitude. The legal business involves constant sniping and petty fights amid bigger ones. Brightening someone's day when they do a great job is easy and beneficial for everyone. 

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