Law Practice Management and Technology

The Bottom Line Volume 37, No 2 April 2016

MCLE Self-Study Article
Rethinking the Lone Wolf Mentality: Teamwork in the Practice of Law

By Tom Garberson, Esq.

Teamwork is a broad topic. A lot can be—and has been—written about it. Teamwork is not always at the forefront in the practice of law which, as an industry, has a powerful emphasis on individual achievements and independent activity. However, a collaborative approach to legal work can provide very substantial benefits to clients, attorneys, and firms alike. This article will explain why teamwork is ideal in the legal field and offer practical ideas for implementing, encouraging, and rewarding effective teamwork in a typical law practice.

Characterizing Teamwork

We all know what teamwork means. We made it through elementary school to get here, after all. But it is worth taking a moment to offer a useful definition and identify the underlying goal of teamwork. As Andrew Carnegie put it:

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