In one of my favorite childhood books, "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupry, our young hero learns that VIPs will only listen to him if he's dressed in fancy threads.

The same is true for lawyers. Clients, judges and juries are less apt to buy into our advice or believe the message we're selling if we're not dressed appropriately. The old phrase "clothes make the man" could easily be "clothes make the lawyer."

So follow the advice of fashion legend Coco Chanel, who said, "Dress shabby they notice the dress; dress impeccably they notice the woman." Small department counsel should dress impeccably so that a bad wardrobe doesn't overshadow their legal talent.

The good news is that small department counsel aren't beholden to a large department uniform; we have the unique opportunity to create our own style while simultaneously fitting in.


Michael Baroni

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