5 Lessons for Young Attorneys from Ron Burgundy

By Gabriella Khorasanee, JD on January 08, 2014 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

If you're like us, you've been yearning for a sequel to Anchorman, which like a fine wine, gets better with age. And with the recent release of Anchorman 2, our prayers have been answered.

Ron Burgundy is back, and better than ever. And, as far as role models go, what's not to love? Sure, he's sexist, slightly stupid, and horrible at his job, but we still can learn a lot from a man like him. Here are our five lessons for young attorneys from Ron Burgundy.

1. Be a Team Player

What would Ron Burgundy be without his team? The magic of Ron Burgundy comes alive when he's accompanied by his cohorts Brick Tamland, Brian Fantana and Champ Kind. Like Ron, you should work well with, and rely on, your legal team. Your admin, paralegal and other associates will help you shine, even with their lack of handle bar moustaches.

2. Don't Be a ---ist

Ron Burgundy is many things, but politically correct he is not. Here is one area in which you should not be like him. Play nice, be tolerant, and if you have unkind thoughts -- keep them to yourself.

3. Pronunciation is Key

Legal jargon can be tricky but nothing says idiot more than mispronouncing ordinary words and cities, i.e. San Diego is not pronounced San Di-ah-go. See also: Get your foot out of your mouth.

4. Looks Are Important

Ron Burgundy knows that first impressions are everything -- have you seen his salon-quality hair? Make sure that you dress professionally and look the part of a smart, reliable attorney.

5. "Stay Classy"

With all of the genius that is Ron Burgundy, it all can be summed up in his tagline "Stay Classy." No matter how stressful your work or your career gets, always keep the higher ground, and don't do, or say anything, in anger that you may regret later.

Ron Burgundy is indeed a legend; one that many young attorneys can learn from. With these five lessons from Ron Burgundy, young attorneys everywhere will rise to never-before-seen heights of success. Or, you'll just have a few good laughs.

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