Seven Lessons I Learned as a Young Lawyer

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Seven Lessons I Learned as a Young Lawyer

I recently came across this blog written by John Miller, a Florida attorney, titled, “Seven Lessons I Learned as a Young Lawyer,” (, and believe it includes points I should share as I have found it very helpful in beginning my career in law as a young attorney here with Crary Buchanan, P.A.

The article points to seven lessons that all young lawyers should know. These include: Learning the Basics, Finding a Mentor/Be a Mentor, Doing Something for Yourself Every day, Getting Involved with the Community, Developing a Niche, Getting Involved with the Florida Bar, and Being Professional.

The lessons I found most important are highlighted below:

Learn the Basics

Learning the basics is vital in the successful practice of law. I have been afforded the opportunity to learn from some of the best lawyers on the Treasure Coast here at Crary Buchanan. Not only is Crary Buchanan the oldest law firm on the Treasure Coast, with roots well founded over eighty years ago, it employs many of the top attorneys in our area, who practice all areas of law. I am fortunate to have such an esteemed group of attorneys from whom to learn every day.

Find a Mentor/Be a Mentor

The article places number one importance on finding a knowledgeable attorney to be a mentor and encourages those who are seasoned attorneys to be mentors for young attorneys who are just beginning their practice of law. Here at Crary Buchanan, I have had the pleasure of being mentored by Mr. Jeffrey Saunders. Mr. Saunders has vast experience working in civil litigation focusing on bankruptcy, commercial and residential mortgage foreclosure, real property and title insurance litigation, landlord tenant disputes, and much more.

For more information on Mr. Saunders click the link:

Some of Crary Buchanan’s other talented attorneys I have had the opportunity to learn from include:

W. Scott Turnbull, Esq.,

Linda L. Weiksnar, Esq.,

Amy Moniz, Esq.

Get Involved In Your Community

One of the other lessons pointed out the importance of getting involved in the community. Crary Buchanan’s attorneys collectively give back to the community in a big way, participating in a number of community based charitable organizations. Some of these organizations include: Martin Health Foundation, YMCA, Stuart Rotary, the local Chamber of Commerce, Florida Oceanographic Society, Friends of the Volunteers of Medicine, Stuart Kiwanis, United Way of Martin County, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Habitat House, Red Cross, Historical Society of Martin County, Hibiscus Children’s Center, and many more.

Be Professional

Finally, the article points out the importance of being professional. Professionalism is paramount to the practice of law, as reputation is everything. Part of Crary Buchanan’s long success has been its untarnished reputation due to the high level of professionalism that each attorney exudes when practicing their specific area of law. The firm is devoted to preserving the heritage of providing quality legal counsel in keeping with the highest standards of the profession.

I am proud to be given the opportunity to work with such an elite group of attorneys who can service all of your legal needs. If you have questions about your need for an attorney, contact Crary Buchanan and get a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. For more information on Crary Buchanan visit our webpage at


Adam Christopher Chappel, Esq.