The 7 Essential Rules For Ambitious Associates

Law360, New York (July 30, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT) -- To take the next step up the career ladder, law firm associates need to understand that serving partners is at least as important as serving clients. 

Although it can seem daunting to handle the pressure of doing excellent work while striving to please partners as well as clients, finding a niche in which to develop an expertise, successfully rebounding from setbacks and having a life outside work are all necessary to stand out from the rest of the crowd and make your mark as a fledgling attorney.

James Durham, chief marketing and business development officer at Littler Mendelson PC, has spent...

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