Integrity, good communication skills, sound judgment and a collaborative spirit. Those are the four qualities law firm leaders referenced most when asked, as part of an ongoing Law360 interview series, “What one trait is most important for a law firm partner?”
While legal expertise and having a large book of business are, of course, important, it was those more innate qualities that tended to stand out to top brass as being vital to the success and harmony of their firms.
Leaders from Greenberg Traurig, Morgan Lewis, Reed Smith, Littler Mendelson and a slew of other firms have responded to the question during Law360’s Law Firm Leaders Q&As over the past year.
Keith Wetmore, a managing director in the partner practice group of recruiting firm Major Lindsey & Africa, said that, alongside the ability to collaborate, an ownership mentality in partners is vital.
"Does the partner wake up each morning worrying about what they and their firm will be working on next month, or next year? Do they view every project as an opportunity to develop their and their firm’s brand and market position? In today's competitive legal environment, having an ownership mentality truly sets star partners apart,” Wetmore said.