In honor of National Be Kind to Lawyers Day, today’s sponsor is Aaron M. Kelly, founder of The Kelly Law Firm, LLC. The Kelly Law Firm provides comprehensive legal representation and counseling in most areas of law. His practice areas include civil litigation, business law litigation, and criminal law.
The stereotypical lawyer is stern and stoic. They work in a fancy law firm and wear a business suit every day. The stereotype also says that they are a type-A workaholic with a high risk of developing a drug addiction. They have the reputation of being cut throat and are somewhat intimidating to be around.
The stereotype couldn’t be further away from the approach at The Kelly Law Firm. There the office has a more relaxed atmosphere. Kelly has a couch and an Xbox so he can mentally recharge his batteries during the day. He usually works in jeans. Kelly says that 90% of his clients enjoy his approach to practicing law. It makes him more approachable, and they are probably more comfortable around him as a result.
Kelly is proof that a lawyer can be professional, well-respected, and thrive in this working environment. What matters is that he performs effectively on behalf of his clients and respects them. Communication and client satisfaction are his top priorities. He takes the time to listen to his clients and maintain close working relationships with them. I love that he frequently communicates with his clients via instant messenger. It’s an innovative way to maintain open lines of communication and provide extra support to clients when they need it.
This is not an approach that works for all clients. Some clients need a lawyer who is stressed out and wears a suit, and that’s ok. It’s a benefit to the profession to have lawyers with different personalities so that clients can pick someone who fits their needs.
This morning, I was working in the Innovative Advancement Program – a legal clinic that works with entrepreneurs. I looked out the window into the building next door and saw two men playing ping pong in their office. They were probably computer programmers, but it made me happy to see that some people still appreciate the benefit of the simplicity of play for percolating creative thoughts and recharging the brain.
Sponsor A Law Kid is my endeavor to pay for my last semester of law school. Today’s sponsor is Aaron M. Kelly of The Kelly Law Firm, LLC. For more information about Sponsor A Law Kid or to see what days are still available for sponsorship, visit my Sponsor A Law Kid page.