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“Are You a Good Lawyer?”

By: Allison Schreiber Lee

I’m often asked if I’m a “good lawyer” and my answer is usually, “I guess it depends what you mean by good.” If you mean do I tell my clients the truth, do I tell them what they need to hear even if it’s not what they want to hear, do I tell my clients to take the high road when it will help their cause (even if it’s the last thing they want to do), then yes, I’m a good lawyer. If you mean do I advocate for my client’s interests, do I passionately argue their case, do I do my best to emotionally connect the judge with the specifics of my client’s life, then yes, I’m a good lawyer.

I believe that all of those things are essential to being a good lawyer, because approaching a case by buying into what your client has to say without offering them a different perspective or assuming your client is always right without taking into account what the other party may be saying or telling your client yes to all of their demands even when you know it’s unrealistic, is not just bad lawyering, but it doesn’t serve your client in the end.

So when looking for an attorney, remember that you are not looking for a friend, nor are you looking for a therapist. You’re looking for someone who will tell you when your behavior needs to change, not just to present a good case, but because it’s the right thing to do. You’re looking for someone who is looking out for you and your family, not just right now, but in the future as well.

Please contact one of the attorneys at Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. to discuss any of your legal concerns.


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Allison Schreiber Lee

Allison Schreiber Lee

Allison Schreiber Lee is a seasoned trial attorney and has been lead counsel in more than 40 jury trials. In 2011, Ms. Schreiber Lee was co-lead counsel in one of the longest jury trials in the history of the City of St. Louis. Ms. Lee has also tried more than 100 non-jury trials to verdict, including representation in divorce and modification hearings.