Search Site
Menu

Knocking Out Bullying in the Legal Profession

I am sad to report that bullying is still alive and well in the legal profession.  Unfortunately, I have found that the mass majority of this behavior stems from senior attorneys with decades of practice experience under their belt who quite frankly feel that threatening and bullying a younger, less experienced, associate is the sure way to succeed on their client’s case.  This approach paints a bad picture of the legal profession.  Although I have been lucky to deal with experienced attorneys who do not take the bullying approach to resolving cases, the few bullies I have run into have really changed my perspective of the legal profession.  For example, in one of the first cases I worked on as a licensed attorney, I diligently researched and drafted a comprehensive position letter to forward to opposing counsel regarding my client’s position in the case.  I felt confident about how I portrayed my client’s legal issue and was looking forward to receiving a response from opposing counsel.  However, less than one week after forwarding the written demand, I received a phone call from opposing counsel whereby he let me know I was “inept, ignorant and inexperienced,” and that I should “back off before he considers filing sanctions against me personally.”  As you could imagine, I was terrified.

Regardless of whether that lawyer could even do the things he was threatening, I was worried that I made a mistake, potentially put our law firm’s reputation in jeopardy, or put my client in a bad position.  I immediately ran to our managing shareholder to let him know what potential trouble I had gotten myself and our new client into.  Thankfully, our firm’s managing shareholder is one of the most even-keel, ethically-centered, reasonable attorneys in the practice of law, so I knew he would be able to advise me on how to fix the situation I put myself in.  After a quick review of the position letter at issue, my boss assured me I was doing the right thing and that I would need to be tough and confident when dealing with opposing counsel going forward.  Of course, I did just that and ended up obtaining a very favorable settlement for our client.  Unfortunately, not all young attorneys can seek support and counseling from their boss or co-associates.  I urge senior-level professionals to take charge when it comes to combatting bullying in the professional arena.  Instead of taking a bully-approach and threatening younger professionals, I urge senior professionals to act as a mentor and strengthen the breadth of knowledge and experience within the young professional employee pool.

 Kyla Wilder

Phone: 281-367-1222

Fax: 281-210-1361

[email protected]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Contact a Dedicated Texas Business Lawyer To Schedule a Consultation
Call 281-367-1222 or contact us online to schedule a meeting.

Strong In Action

  • Spring 2021

    The Strong Firm prevails in dispositive motion regarding Texas economic loss rule resulting in dismissal of claims again party.

    Read More
  • Spring 2019

    The Strong Firm successfully forecloses first priority lien against multi-million dollar commercial asset.

    Read More
  • Spring 2021

    The Strong Firm secures writ of reentry after unlawful lockout of commercial tenant.

    Read More
  • Spring 2021

    The Strong Firm prevails in writ of mandamus proceeding involving denial of temporary restraining order to stop foreclosure sale.

    Read More
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  • Peer Rated 2021 Award
  • Clio Client-Centered Certification

Recent Blog Posts

Happy Independence Day – We Are Open For Business

Happy Independence Day! We Are Most Certainly Open For Business! Independence Day invokes feelings of individual freedom and independence being the basis on which our great country was founded.  Over the course of the last 15 months, few things have been entirely certain.  Markets, along with the availability of workers,
Read More
Happy Independence Day – We Are Open For Business

Residential Real Estate: Lawyers, Title Companies, and Agents, Oh My!

Residential Real Estate: Lawyers, Title Companies, and Agents, Oh My!   The evolution of the internet and rapid increase in access to information has changed the way we buy and sell homes. While real estate agents still serve a vital role in the process on both sides of the transaction, many buyers
Read More
Residential Real Estate: Lawyers, Title Companies, and Agents, Oh My!

COMMUNITY AND SEPARATE PROPERTY IN TEXAS: OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL

COMMUNITY AND SEPARATE PROPERTY IN TEXAS: OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL Texas law characterizes property acquired by spouses either community or separate property when property is acquired, and this characterization has tremendous consequences. w defines a spouse’s "separate property" as: (1) property owned or claimed by the spouse before marriage; (2) property acquired during
Read More
COMMUNITY AND SEPARATE PROPERTY IN TEXAS: OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL

Scams in Times of Disaster and Emergency

Scams in Times of Disaster and Emergency While Texans are generally prepared for major weather-related disasters during hurricane season from June through October, occasionally a rogue weather event, such as an artic blast, sweeps across the state causing severe and unanticipated property damage to residential and commercial properties. As individuals and
Read More
Scams in Times of Disaster and Emergency
  • Video Vault


    Watch videos done by our legal team to gain a better understanding of your legal needs. Our lawyers give video insight into areas such as Real Estate, Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and much more.
Contact us

Quick Contact Form