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Golden Anecedotes

Golden Anecdotes
The CBA’s Golden Book of Anecdotes and Wisdom
From Attorneys, For Attorneys
The Colorado Bar Association’s senior attorneys (65 years of age and better) are being asked to submit anecdotes, advice, and guidance related to the practice of law to share with their junior colleagues. This is well-earned knowledge that may benefit less-experienced attorneys as they become proficient in the practice of law and may provide much-needed guidance for new attorneys as they transition from law school and begin their legal career. This collection of retrospections and advice is an ongoing effort. Submissions received thus far are printed below and will continue to be published periodically in The Colorado Lawyer.
To submit your anecdotes, advice, and guidance, e-mail your comments to Leona Martínez, using the subject line “Golden Book.” Mailed correspondence can be addressed to: Golden Book, c/o Leona Martínez, The Colorado Lawyer, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203. We look forward to hearing from you!


When selecting a managing partner, don’t give it to anyone who wants the job.

Trust your partners, but verify!

Cross-exam your client several times.

Clients appreciate a $5 tie more than a discount.

Very few thank you–usually the ones you did the least for and who are the poorest!
–Carl F. Eiberger, Golden


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