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What Are the Qualities That Make Someone An Exceptional Lawyer?

The legal profession is demanding and requires a set of skills and qualities that are essential for success. There are over 1.4 million lawyers in the United States.  As in any profession or business, there are always an elite group that stand out as exceptional or the best.  

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While different lawyers may have different strengths and areas of expertise, here are some of the qualities that are common among exceptional lawyers: 

1. Passion for Helping People: An Exceptional lawyer must have a true passion, a burning desire to help people. 

2. Work Ethic: To do the best job possible for your clients, a lawyer must be willing to work extremely hard and long hours.  They must have a “do whatever it takes attitude.” This can mean staying up all night if necessary to prepare a case for court, being available to investigate an accident scene any time of day or night, or working till 4 am to get a time sensitive matter handled for a client.  The dedication to the client and the desire to help has to be paramount. 

3. Excellent Communication Skills: Exceptional lawyers have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. They can express their ideas clearly and persuasively and can effectively communicate with clients, judges, and other legal professionals.

4. Strong Analytical Skills: Exceptional lawyers have strong analytical skills and can quickly identify the key issues in a case. They are skilled at gathering and analyzing evidence, and can use their analytical skills to develop effective legal strategies.

5. Attention to Detail: Exceptional lawyers have a strong attention to detail and can quickly identify potential problems or issues. They are meticulous in their work and ensure that all aspects of a case are thoroughly reviewed and analyzed.

6. Creativity: Exceptional lawyers are creative and can develop innovative solutions to complex legal problems. They can think outside the box and are not afraid to take risks to achieve their clients' goals.

7. Professionalism: Exceptional lawyers conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. They are respectful to their clients, judges, and other legal professionals, and maintain a high level of integrity and ethics.

8. Empathy: Exceptional lawyers have empathy and can relate to their clients on a personal level. They understand the emotional and psychological impact of legal issues and can provide compassionate support and guidance to their clients.

9. Time Management: Exceptional lawyers have strong time management skills and can effectively manage their workload. They are able to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and balance competing demands.

10. Continuous Learning: Exceptional lawyers are committed to continuous learning and professional development. They stay up-to-date with changes in the law and legal technology and are always looking for ways to improve their skills and knowledge.

11. Persuasion: Exceptional lawyers are persuasive and can effectively argue their case in court. They have a deep understanding of the law and can use their knowledge to persuade, insurance companies, judges and juries to rule in their clients' favor.

12. Confidence: Exceptional lawyers have confidence in their abilities and can remain calm and composed under pressure. They are confident in their legal strategies and can effectively advocate for their clients.

In conclusion, exceptional lawyers possess a range of skills and qualities that enable them to succeed in the legal profession. They have excellent communication and analytical skills, a strong attention to detail, and are creative and empathetic. They conduct themselves in a professional manner, have strong time management skills, are committed to continuous learning, and have the ability to persuade and remain confident under pressure. They must also have a burning desire to help people and a strong work ethic. These qualities are essential for success in the legal profession and are what sets exceptional lawyers apart from the rest.

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