Things I Am Grateful For This Year


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Fortunately for Thompson Burton, the end of 2016 was hectic. Many of our attorneys were working on year-end deals and cases with our clients.

Now that I’ve had a little time to reflect, I wanted to share a few thoughts about the firm and why I’m grateful for where the firm is at this time.

Client Trust

Client trust is the lifeblood of any law firm. Every day, we help our clients make important – and sometimes difficult — decisions that affect their companies’ bottom lines.

Clients have to trust that Thompson Burton attorneys have their interests at heart.

Likewise, they have to trust us with sensitive information so that we can make the best possible recommendations.

Finally, they have to trust that we will provide the right legal advice given the situation and not just what the client wants to hear.

Service to Our Community

Kevin Thompson recently wrote about service in a previous blog post.

I am always proud of how we are making a difference not just professionally but also personally.  We want to be able to do this for our attorneys and in the community.

Identity

All good organizations have an identity. Creating the right culture is one of my top priorities.

Thompson Burton’s identity starts with our values. It’s gratifying to see attorneys and staff embrace and apply these values professionally and personally.

We think we have the right cultural mix to foster creativity and productivity.

Middle Tennessee

Four years ago when Kevin and I founded the firm, we didn’t necessarily know that Nashville and Middle Tennessee would boom economically the way it has the last few years.

It’s a great time for Middle Tennessee, and we’re seeing that in the firm’s book of business.

Risk

The legal profession is generally conservative. That said, one has to take risks to grow and achieve one’s potential.

I’m grateful when new attorneys take a risk to join our firm, especially those who leave larger, more established firms.

Similarly, I love to see our attorneys and staff embrace new ways of doing business that benefit everyone. We want to be the firm that breaks the mold when it makes sense — whether it’s technology or a business practice — and never settles to be like everyone else.

Work/Life Balance

The legal business can be demanding. It’s not a 9-to-5 business. That’s why they call it a “profession” and not a “job”.

I’m grateful that Thompson Burton decided from the beginning to embrace technology to foster work-life balance so that we serve our clients and while not missing out on important moments with our loved ones.

Passion

Kevin and I have believed from the beginning that “passion drives excellence.”

It’s wonderful to be surrounded by people who share our passion for providing the best possible legal advice to clients while building a firm in which we all take pride.

What’s Next

2016 was a banner year for Thompson Burton which brought record revenues and growth for the firm. I’m excited to see what 2017 brings and to come to work every day with such a great team.