Lawyers with high thresholds of anxiety and a need to achieve are confronting a structural dilemma in the modern practice of law. With rare exception, “success” as a lawyer depends on demonstrated expertise and experience in a particular specialty or focused area of the practice. Clients want to hire lawyers who have done what is needed many times before and with great success.

Getting the consistently high level of work that defines “success” requires a lawyer to find (or invent) opportunities for enough repeat experience in a specialized area to move beyond mere competence to real expertise.

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