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Sunday, May 21, 2017
Interview with author John Allison
The Art of Practicing Law: A Practical Guide
Message from the
I am a successful
lawyer with extensive experience, initially as a law firm partner in private
practice for many years, representing individuals, small businesses,
non-profits and large companies. While in private practice I chaired a
committee of the American Bar Association, served as a Judge Pro Tem,
and had management roles at two different law firms. My law practice grew
based on repeat business and referrals from satisfied clients. I then
joined the legal department of a Fortune 100 company, and hired and led teams
of lawyers representing the company in mass tort, class action and other
complex litigation. As Assistant General Counsel my responsibilities
included developing the guidelines the company used to hire and evaluate
lawyers in private practice. My experience working closely with senior
corporate executives and department managers enabled me to develop a deep
appreciation of what clients want from their lawyers. More recently, I
founded The Coach for Lawyers, LLC which offers individual coaching, law
practice consulting, mentoring and professional training for lawyers.
I have written three
books about the legal profession and the practice of law which are featured on
my website atwww.johnallisonauthor.com.
1. What really inspired you to write
your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into
From my experience
practicing law for 43 years I learned a great deal about the particular skills
and attributes that make some lawyers highly effective. I wrote this book
to share what I’ve learned with other lawyers, in order to help more lawyers
fully understand and serve the best interests of their clients and master the
art of practicing law.
2. What is it about and whom do you
believe is your targeted reader?
This book fills the
gap between the analytical and substantive skills learned in law school and the
additional skills and attributes that are needed to be highly effective as a
lawyer. My targeted readers are lawyers who want to master the art of
3. What do you hope will be the
everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain
with them long after putting it down?
Lawyers who understand
that legal issues arise in the context of human relationships and human
experience will find greater satisfaction and personal fulfillment in their
professional lives. Readers of the book will also learn particular skills
and techniques that will make them more effective as lawyers.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you
have for fellow writers?
Choose a topic you are
passionate about. Be open to your intuition as you write, and stick to a
writing schedule that works for you.
5. What trends in the book world do you
see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
More people are
writing more books about more topics, particularly as self-publishing has
6. What great challenges did you have in
writing your book?
Getting stuck from time
7. If people can buy only one book this
month, why should it be yours?
Lawyers should buy
this book because it will help them be more effective lawyers.
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