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Oct 15, 2018

How children teach you empathy

The more I think about and watch my kids interact not only interact with other children but adults, the more I realized many attorneys have lost the ability to empathize with others.

Sep 25, 2018

The dangers of dabbling

If you can't resist, you should have an attorney on speed dial who does not dabble in attorney grievance cases.

Jul 31, 2018

‘Do I have a winning case?’

From the potential client’s perspective, it is perhaps the most important question. From the attorney’s perspective, it is the ultimate trap question.

Apr 2, 2018

Empathy and active listening

Before I speak with my clients, I remind myself that I need to be emphatic to their situation, as well as reminding myself I need to educate them (not talk down to them) on what the law is able to do and how we cannot control everything.

Divya Potdar
Mar 12, 2018

Solo spotlight: A 6-month plan

A Baltimore solo had that much time to lay the foundation for a successful practice before his twins arrived.

Jan 11, 2016

My New Year’s (not to do) resolutions

I’m making resolutions not to keep up practices that make my life harder and more stressful. What are your not-to-do resolutions for this year?

Oct 19, 2015

The writing on the wall

The most popular feature of my waiting room is not the tea-and-coffee station but something that, to my surprise, is downright controversial.

Sep 18, 2015

It’s about the clients

You are blessed to be a member of a profession that can do a tremendous amount of good for the people who hire you. Don't forget the reason why the profession exists.

Divya Potdar
Aug 31, 2015

Discourage litigation

It might sound funny coming from someone whose bread and butter is litigation, but I will be the first one to tell my clients the true realities of the process.

Jul 17, 2015

Winning and losing is in the eye of the beholder

"Did you win your case?" doesn't seem like a complicated question. But whether you win, lose or draw depends entirely on how the questioner defines what is a win, loss or draw.

Jun 4, 2015

Roadside assistance

As I write this, I’m waiting for AAA to arrive. I left the office and discovered I had a nail in my tire. That was only the beginning of the problem — I then found out I couldn’t get any of the lug nuts to break loose. I only solved that issue by standing on […]

May 15, 2015

Striving to be ‘the guy’ for my clients

As we grow older, the universe of things for which we as young lawyers are responsible grows and grows. We take on mortgages, car loans, have babies and eventually learn, as I did recently, that our bodies aren’t as indestructible as we once thought. With a mortgage, a leaky tub is no longer a quick […]

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