In this course, attorney Gary Ross explores the ways in which attorneys can succeed in their legal endeavors. His discussion covers various aspects of professionalism, from drafting documents for senior partners to communication with clients and billing practices, as well as the ABA Rules that govern an attorney’s methods for both. Mr. Ross also examines time management strategies, and lends practical advice on how to survive those first few years in the legal workforce.
I. Identify drafting tips and tools to help you start out on the right foot with your supervising attorneys
II. Recognize the importance of time management and not over-committing your most valuable resource
III. Grasp standard billing practices and why you should always bill all your time
IV. Understand keys to successful communications with your supervising attorneys, opposing attorneys, clients, and others
V. Gain an understanding of the importance of professionalism to your legal career
This course originally appeared as a part of our June 2015 Bridge the Gap Event.
Gary J. Ross has advised both small businesses and large Fortune 500 companies on a variety of transactional, disclosure, corporate governance and compliance matters. He co-founded Ross & Shulga PLLC in 2017, a boutique law firm that focuses on corporate and securities law, investment funds, cryptocurrencies, crowdfunding and startup law. Gary previously had his own firm, Jackson Ross, for four years, and previous to that he worked in the Corporate Transactions & Securities and Capital Markets practice groups at Sidley Austin LLP and Alston & Bird LLP.
From 2009 to 2012, Gary served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he managed conflicts of interest issues pertaining to contractors and financial agents engaged by Treasury to provide asset management, advisory, and other services relating to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). In that capacity, he developed and recommended compliance standards and regulation interpretation guidelines and designed the on-site testing carried out by the TARP audit department, during which he served as the subject matter specialist. He also helped draft the federal regulation for conflicts of interests as they pertained to TARP, and prepared the official conflicts of interest responses to Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) inquiries.
Mr. Ross is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School and has lectured at schools such as Penn State Dickinson Law. He has been quoted in articles in MarketWatch, Corporate Counsel, The New York Times and the Associated Press.
Gary received his J.D. from Northwestern Law School in 2004 and earned a B.B.A. from the University of Miami in 1994. Prior to attending law school, Gary worked as a Case Manager for the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
Gary is admitted to practice law in New York, the District of Columbia, and Georgia.
Very good presentation. He gave very valuable information and insight into the practice of law.
Best CLE ever seen at Lawline, live or online. Simply fantastic.
Very good for first year associates.
I would recommend the course to a friend who works in a law firm, however, for in-house attorneys, this course is not as informative. Still got some good tips, but definitely better for law firm attorneys.
Very good real-life advice. 2 thumbs up
I really liked him as a presenter - also seemed like a really stand-up attorney!!
Good overview for new attorneys, and refresher for practicing attorneys. Discussion of billing, work product standards, and proactive communication hit the right notes.
Great, practical advice.
Nice variety of experience.
Very useful refresher on basic yet essential issues. Very well presented.
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