Partnering With Clients: A View From the Other Side

Know your client’s business. Find practical solutions to complex problems. Be efficient and economical. Develop personal relationships. Deliver great results. Be responsive and available. Tenaciously fight for your client’s interests.

Do all of this and you will be successful representing clients big and small in whatever your field of choice. But that’s not surprising. Excellent customer service coupled with great results at reasonable cost is the gold standard. What may be surprising, especially to younger attorneys, is the importance of the little things. The devil, as they say, is in the details.

Being in-house counsel provides a different perspective on the traditional attorney-client relationship and what makes that relationship a fruitful one. For those working in private practice, you should periodically assess yourself and what you are doing to strengthen those relationships. Some attorneys even send questionnaires to gauge client satisfaction.

With that in mind, here are a few items that can help to make a client your business partner. They may seem obvious, but they are worth revisiting.

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