Pablo Picasso once said: “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” As a junior lawyer in private practice, I was most comfortable when I could say firmly and with confidence, “This is the law, these are the facts, and, therefore, this is how I recommend that we proceed.” As a senior in-house lawyer, I learned very quickly that I did not have that luxury. I learned that I had to be flexible in my mindset.
It is true that there are many hard and fast rules that must be followed. It is also equally true, however, that “rules” are sometimes not really rules, but a matter of perspective or interpretation. It is important to know the difference. To be a successful in-house lawyer, I knew I had to be a problem solver and I had to be open to doing law differently.
Flo Nicolas, Esq, the #nonboring lawyer, shares her perspective about creativity and the law in an article we co-authored in Above the Law. She also talks about the influencers who have impacted her. I bet you know them, too.
Check out the full article at Above the Law.