To survive in the wilds of any law firm, you need to know the habits of the partners. Over the years, an endless variety of dysfunctional personalities have evolved, each with his or her own characteristic way of making your life miserable. Here’s a field guide to the most common:

Hurricane Fred. He’s perpetually in crisis mode, disaster dead ahead. Invariably he takes on too much client work and then waits until the last minute, knowing that he can call out the troops to stay up all night. With the rain he brings, his fellow partners don’t mind his work habits — until the inevitable stroke or malpractice claim.

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