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How to Avoid Becoming Your Firm's Rodney Dangerfield

August 07, 2015

​Fenwick patent litigation chair Mike Sacksteder was quoted in a Law360 article that compiled lawyer insight on best practices for earning respect as a legal professional. Best practices identified included showing leadership in and out of the courtroom, displaying knowledge of client needs and committing to honesty. Sacksteder also stressed the need for fellow lawyers to avoid arrogance.

Arrogance seldom brings respect, Sacksteder told Law360. Be honest about your strengths, but know that “people doubt you a bit if you act like what you’re saying is the most important thing in the world,” he said.

“I’m not advocating false modesty, but practicing law for a while doesn’t mean you’re a better person than somebody else,” he said.

Sacksteder added that humor used judiciously can be helpful in cultivating humility rather than a reputation of arrogance.

“The people that I know and interact with who are able to laugh at themselves a little bit are among those that I respect the most,” he said.

The full article is available through Law360​.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​