Sunday, May 21, 2017

Interview with author John Allison

The Art of Practicing Law: A Practical Guide for Lawyers 

Message from the author:
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  

1.  What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
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 practicing law.

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 become acceptable.

6.  What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
Getting stuck from time to 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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