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Ten Things: My Boss is a [Censored] – What Do I Do?!

One of the most frequent questions I get from in-house lawyers is how to deal with difficult bosses. I have been very fortunate because – while practicing law for almost 30 years – I can count on a couple of fingers the times I was stuck with a boss who was a real asshole.   After talking with a lot of other lawyers (at firms and in-house) I realize how lucky I have been in my career.  While rare, I definitely remember how miserable I was the few times I did draw the short straw.  Practicing law is tough enough without having to dread coming into the office because of a boss that just makes your life miserable.  Still, I survived and got through it.  But it wasn’t always easy and some days it really took a toll.  I think my revenge was getting to the General Counsel chair a few times and swearing a blood oath to myself that I would never, ever be a jerk boss – something I remind myself of every day.  Unfortunately, the problem of crummy bosses in legal departments will never go away.  They are out there and they always will be.  So, if you want to be a successful in-house lawyer you’re going to need to learn how to deal with them whether they are legal department lawyers or executives in the company (lawyers have no monopoly on being buttheads).  This edition of “Ten Things” will set out some of my tips on how to deal with troublesome bosses:

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