When the American Bar Association asked me to write a book describing some tips for associates who are just beginning to practice labor and employment law, I began with explaining the ins and outs of litigating an employment case, the types of investigations that employment lawyers are routinely asked to do and the types of issues that employment lawyers regularly counsel their clients about.

But at some point during the writing process, I realized that there are some general lessons that apply to all associates looking to achieve success as a lawyer. Therefore, as described in the book and excerpted below, here are a number of tips that apply to more than just labor and employment lawyers:

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