According to studies cited in a 2019 article in Business Insider,
people develop first impressions of you “even before you open your
mouth,” that your mere appearance “affects how trustworthy, promiscuous,
and powerful people think you are.”
It’s the trustworthy part that attorneys need to pay attention to. Regardless of the strength of their case or whether the law is on their side, an attorney still must be persuasive. And, unless the audience – whether it is a judge, a panel of judges, a regulatory body, or a jury – sees you as credible, the rest will likely not matter. But what makes an attorney, or anyone for that matter, credible? Is this something you’re born with or is it something you can develop over time? Is it true, as some studies suggest, that you can change some first impressions by making some changes in how you present yourself, or are you just stuck with a less than trustworthy vibe?
Listen to my interview with attorney Jack I. Siegal, a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP in Boston, who believes we can all make positive adjustments in the nuanced practice of achieving credibility.
is a seasoned trial lawyer with 20 years of experience in complex
litigation, during which time he has taken cases to trial in several
jurisdictions. He also provides transactional counseling for such things
as executive comp agreements and mergers. Jack’s litigation practice
focuses on complex commercial disputes, government investigations and
white-collar defense, regulatory proceedings, and compliance across a
wide range of industries, including the financial, healthcare,
high-technology, government contracting, and related fields. Education:
Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude; Santa
Clara University, B.A., Greek and Latin, magna cum laude, Phi Beta
Kappa; University of Virginia, Graduate Study, Classics and Classical
Languages, Literature, and Linguistics.
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P.S. Toward the end I could barely manage my ADHD and took the conversation into a chat that ranged from TikTok clips of the attorneys in the Amber Heard / Johnny Depp trial, somewhat on point, to discussion of great drumming, which would take some crafty knots to tie that in. Jack, being good natured and a good sport, went right along with me. Also, that’s me on bongos.