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Any business development advice for a minority female partner-level transactional lawyer? I have strong resume, incredible deal sheet, worked at the best firms. Existing firm clients say I'm the b… more

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PI female attorney. Lately, I’m so overwhelmed with how rude people have been. I know it’s part of dealing with people, but it seems worse than ever recently 😩😩😩

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