‘Order!’, ‘Objection!’, ‘No further questions your honor’, ‘Not a word until I get there’. We’ve heard many times these iconic court lawyers’ phrases in movies and TV shows alike. We love the rush and adrenaline of watching an intense and heated debate between the prosecutor and the defendant. However, we know it is fiction and sometimes law practice is not like in the movies. Now, that does not mean we cannot learn valuable lessons from fictional characters. Here are five valuable lessons from your favorite fictional lawyers. Even they can delegate, what’s stopping you?
1- Saul Goodman
Jimmy McGill, better known by his business moniker Saul Goodman, is a fictional criminal defense lawyer, and scam artist. The character hails from the acclaimed and crude Breaking Bad universe. Proudly wearing a flamboyant attitude and appearance, Saul is, well… (no spoilers, I guess) an extremely intelligent and competent lawyer. Without delving into the criminal aspect we 100% do not promote, we can all agree on one thing. Saul always knew when to turn for help and not burn himself out, always having time to enjoy a good movie with a cold beverage.
The writers who created the stories were tapping into human emotions and effectively conveying an authentic portrayal of everyday people. When Saul is in desperate need to record a promotional, he turns to his film crew and acts as a director, delegating tasks and explaining undertones to get the best possible result. He does not do everything by himself (although I’m sure he would if he could).
2- Matt Murdock
Matthew Murdock is a lawyer/superhero who was blinded as a young boy by a radioactive substance that changed him forever. Sightless… but with his other four remaining senses something was different, they were heightened to superhuman levels. Daredevil, the character that embodies the “work-life” mojo better than anyone, practices law during the day and kicks alternative methods into criminals. How do you wonder? Well, he has an incredible team at his law firm of Murdock and Nelson. He is excellent at delegating all the paperwork and intake to his employees and teammates. Only focusing on the critical part of cases allows him time to stay in excellent physical condition to punch some sense into baddies.
You do not need to go at night doing high kicks and extreme parkour to experience an epic work-life balance, you can just follow Matt’s daytime approach to business. Instead, you can enjoy some quiet and peaceful time after work, BUT, if you still have that superhero itch, how about finding a proper pool and doing an amazing front kick and SPLASH!… Ok, resting it is.
3- Atticus Finch
A fictional character in Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird. Finch is a lawyer and resident of a fictional town in Alabama, who became an American icon after defending a black man during a difficult time of racial segregation, being accused of horrific acts against a white girl, and facing an all-white jury. A master of communication and someone who has inspired countless lawyers, he thought us something extremely valuable. Racial morality and outspoken communication. His fearless leadership earned him the respect of his peers, something that should be looked for way more often than it is.
4- Elle Woods
Proving oneself is one of the most gratifying things we can ever experience during our professional and personal life. Elle Woods is someone who taught a generation that goals can be achieved if you work hard for them despite what everyone else might think. Elle finds motivation to prove herself by working hard and demonstrating her understanding of the law. A colorful personality is not in conflict with doing business. Elle injects her personality into her brand, distinguishing herself from other attorneys. Find your voice and message to embrace clients who are looking for an amazing attorney, like yourself.
5- Jack McCoy
This list would not be complete without the might of the legendary Jack McCoy. Law and order personified, Jack, is known for his sincere desire to see justice done. Thanks to his reputation as one of the toughest attorneys out there and his fierce conviction, McCoy is a synonym for commitment. With his knowledge, he can come up with creative and efficient solutions for his clients. Usually relying on advice from his team, McCoy will get a conviction even if that means bending the rules a little bit. Again, we do not promote this action, but keep in mind how creativity and communication with your team can lead to powerful results.
Fictional or real, these lessons apply to every attorney who is looking to level up their business. Like all of these characters, they did not start immediately at the top, they worked hard and started delegating as soon as possible. Achieving a great work-life balance does not require superpowers or criminal intent. Become a better leader by building a stronger team. Expand your law firm’s reach with the help of amazing offshore talent. Find the top 1% of virtual assistants right HERE.
The meeting is adjourned.