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1. A know-it-all vibe. Lawyers are in the business of selling services of being smart and knowledgeable about the law. While confidence is key in “selling” yourself as a lawyer, that confidence can very easily slip toward into an arrogant, smarmy “know-it-all”-ness that most people despise.
2. Pessimism. Going along with the above, most lawyers make excellent lawyers because they are so gosh-darn pessimistic. They think of everything that could possibly go wrong and paper it. Rose-colored glasses are replaced with a “everything will fall apart” mentality.
3. Anal-retentive. What brings value to a law firm is having attention to detail (business people don’t have the time, patience, or attention span for this type of detail), and thus, many lawyers I know are anal-retentive and never met a document they didn’t like to mark up.