Making Partner with Andrew Verriere

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In this episode, Alay and Andrew discuss: 

  • Leading as a new partner through COVID. 
  • Hiring an executive director to help run the business of the law firm. 
  • How different types of partners can help a law firm thrive. 
  • Three pieces of advice for a lawyer seeking to become a partner. 


Key Takeaways: 

  • Running the business of law may affect the way that you serve your clients if you do not choose which side to focus on or find the right balance.  
  • Hiring an executive, managing director could help your law firm drive revenue, develop where needs developed, and attract and retain talent while you practice the law side of your business. 
  • There is more to being partner in a law firm than just being really good at practicing law. Your day doesn’t end when the lawyering work is done. 
  • Everyone has different things that they are comfortable with when it comes to building their book of business. You will find the most success in doing those things that are the most comfortable. Find something, commit to it, and develop a reputation in that.


Tweetable Moments:

  • “Part of the importance of collaboration is finding people who complement each others’ abilities. There needs to be a clear understanding of what folks’ roles are, and what their strengths and weaknesses are.” —  Andrew Verriere
  • “Even if you don’t feel comfortable being a rainmaker now, you might be able to do it in five years or less IF you focus on it.” —  Alay Yajnik
  • “Not everyone needs to become a shareholder. It’s okay to be an attorney, a really good one and to be comfortable in your role in your position in the firm.” —  Alay Yajnik
  • “Each and every day I try to learn something new and improve my practice.” —  Andrew Verriere


About Andrew Verriere: 

Andrew Verriere is a Principal at Hartog, Baer, Zabronsky & Verriere APC. Mr. Verriere’s practice focuses on trust and estate litigation, conservatorship litigation, financial elder abuse, related litigation, and appeals. Mr. Verriere has significant experience in all stages of disputes, including counseling clients before litigation, representing clients at alternative dispute resolution negotiations, conducting trials, and pursuing appeals. Mr. Verriere has tried numerous matters in both California and federal courts, including a six-week jury trial in Santa Clara Superior Court resulting in a judgment in favor of his client of over $3 billion. Mr. Verriere also serves as a court-appointed referee in cases with significant or complex discovery or accounting disputes and court-appointed counsel for proposed conservatees.

Mr. Verriere graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and obtained his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego. He previously worked as an extern to Judge Richard Clifton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Honolulu and as Senior Counsel at a multi-national law firm in San Francisco. Mr. Verriere served as an editor of the Contra Costa Lawyer (the Contra Costa County Bar Association Magazine), and published numerous articles on topics related to estates and trusts, financial elder abuse, and discovery dispute resolution. Mr. Verriere has presented to professional groups, including the Contra Costa County Bar Association, East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers, Marin County Bar Association, and the Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court, on topics related to estate and trust litigation, financial elder abuse, and conservatorships. Mr. Verriere volunteers as a Planning Commissioner for the Town of Danville, where he lives with his wife and two sons.


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