From 25 plus years experience practicing law, here is my current top ten list of advice for new lawyers:
1. It is the client's case so act accordingly.
2. Don't procrastinate.
3. Make "to do" lists and follow them.
4. Read and apply the rules.
5. Review, prepare, strategize and memorialize.
7. Follow up.
8. Timely return phone calls, emails, letters etc.
9. Keep expenses down.
10. There are no shortcuts.