Greedy Tip of the Week: Don't Conspire, Perspire

By George Khoury, Esq. on July 10, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

While most lawyers out there don't need to hear this ever, let alone more than once, getting a little reminder every now and again isn't bad for any lawyer, so here goes:

Don't conspire, perspire.

Seriously lawyers, especially you prosecutors out there, we don't live in the world of Bobby Axelrod and you are not Chuck Rhodes. Rather than trying to scheme, backstab, and cheat your way to the top, or using your position in ways to belie the public's trust, going the old fashion route of putting in sweat-equity is just a way better move, unless you're hoping to go out in a blaze of glory and lose your license, or worse.

Easier Than Fleecing Your Own Grandmother ...

Yes, we know it is a cold world out there and legal work is time consuming and often hard to get. But when you were sworn in, you took an oath to uphold the public's confidence in the law and legal profession. And while you might not think of your dear sweet grandmother as "the public," she is just another person to everyone else, and potentially one that falls into a group that the law provides extra protection for.

Clearly, fleecing your own grandmother in some wild scheme that defrauds both her and her doting son (and your uncle) is a grievous breach of that trust. And frankly, seeing how much effort and lying goes into a good grandmother fleecing, it would seem easier to just moonlight as Sisyphus to make the money honestly. After all, while crime may pay alright, it doesn't come with benefits, and that potential permanent vacation at crowbar hotel is more of a consequence than a benefit. Yes, you need a break, but not that badly.

Work + Time = Money

For lawyers, the equation is simple: spend time doing work, make money. The harder you work, the more time you put in, the more clients you service, the more paper you push, the more money you will make. Even if you do find ways to work smarter rather than harder, why let up. Do both. Work smarter and harder, and make even more money.

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