Good communication is essential for successful advocacy. Listening is one of the most important aspects of communication. It's not just what we say, how we say it, and when we say it that matters, but also being able to listen first. Lawyers must be able to listen to their opponents, colleagues, and judges.
They must be able to take in a lot of information, analyze it, synthesize it, and make good decisions for their clients. One of the most important skills lawyers need is knowledge of current developments in local, national, and global businesses, particularly those that affect a law firm and its clients. Law firms are businesses, so lawyers must understand the importance of meeting deadlines, keeping costs low, and managing information securely.