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Law Talent

Lawyers have more to offer than just legal advice--they can also bring important skills to your staff.

This story appears in the October 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Hear about the lawyer who fell into a pack of sharks? The sharks refused to attack out of professional courtesy. Lawyer jokes abound because of stereotypes that lawyers are ruthless and greedy. Small wonder most people see a lawyer only when they absolutely have to. And by that time, the situation may be so out of hand that a positive outcome is unlikely.

Entrepreneurs should know better. Yet many view lawyers as people to go to when they're in a jam. Successful business owners, however, view lawyers as people who bring valuable skills and perspectives to the team, and who can teach decision makers what they must know to make an informed decision.

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