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From the Editor: You’ve billed your way up the ladder to make it to the partnership. You’ve earned the right to be in “the room where it happens,” to borrow from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.” Now how do you build a top practice? Lillian S. Hardy, practice group head of Hogan Lovells’ crisis leadership team, writes on that topic in the fourth column of our National Law Journal series, “On the Rise: Voices from Young Lawyers.” The series features columns on key practice topics by our 2019 D.C. Rising Stars and other leading young lawyers in the district and beyond. For more insight, read on.   —Lisa Helem, editor-in-chief, The National Law Journal


A longtime mentor of mine likens climbing the Big Law career ladder to entering a series of pie-eating contests where the prize is always more pie. I chuckle every time he says it, but I have a different take. To me, the path is a series of milestones achieved differently by each person, each one requiring a new level of focus. All are easier to tackle if you love your job.

After making partner, the new focus must move quickly to growing a sustainable and fulfilling practice. But how on earth is that done? And what are the tools? 

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