Michael Morrissey on Running Your Own Firm, Encouraging Empathy in Business and the Uncertain Future of Law
Our latest guest on Beyond Billables originally came from a profession that is a bit left-field: sports journalism. Now, Michael Morrissey is managing director at Morrissey Law and Advisory, a law firm that specialises in the construction and infrastructure industries. Michael’s main goals in his firm is to both be accountable (hence why he named the firm after himself) and to make his clients feel valuable. “If I’m not helping people sleep easier at night...then I’m not doing the job I should be doing,” he says.
This latest episode is a great listen for anyone interested in starting their own law firm. Give it a listen to gain access to an insider’s views on some of the tougher issues facing entrepreneurial lawyers today.
We also discuss:
How the shifting media landscape in Australia led Michael to become an attorney
Why Michael doesn’t worry too much about failure
What it means to be a “client-centric” firm
How to deal with startups and other clients that might not understand the law process
The challenging parts of setting up your own firm
How to effectively hire junior lawyers
Why Michael regularly asks his clients to criticise his firm
The importance of emotional intelligence in employees