Having practiced criminal and civil litigation for almost 25 years, I find it appropriate to take a moment to see if I have learned anything that might help me improve. My accumulation of errors, lucky breaks and occasional insights should provide clues about which qualities were the most valuable and how my most egregious mistakes could avoid being repeated.

Indeed, 25 years of life experience should, one hopes, provide further lessons that might apply to the practice of one’s profession. So, I sat down and tried to distill the three most important “pearls of wisdom” that I have gained over the last quarter-century and put them on paper, just in case someone else might find them beneficial.