What I Learned In My 1st Year: Be A Sponge

By Patrick Mendes (October 25, 2017, 11:05 AM EDT) -- This article is part of a continuing series featuring attorneys' true-life tales from the earliest days of their legal careers.

Here, Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP recalls how, as a new and inexperienced lawyer, he absorbed ideas and advice from partners and fellow associates alike, and how many of the lessons he learned from his colleagues back then have proven to be of enduring value. 

I was 25 years old and starting my first full-time job as an attorney. I still remember how long those initial workdays felt in comparison to other positions I had had, and how surprised...

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