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What kind of culture is considered as toxic? I just started in a big firm but observed some partners tend to like incompetent “gunners” who brag about experiences and kiss ass. I am introvert and already don’t feel motivated to participate in conversations. Any tips to navigate this?

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You need to find the right partners who understand and appreciate your working style. You don’t need to be an extrovert to succeed as a lawyer. There’s a lot of other things you might be great at - precise drafting, attention to detail, keeping track of and following up on open items etc. You do need to be able to perform some amount of extroversion, e.g., you have to force yourself to get comfortable talking/negotiating over the phone - it just takes practice and excessive preparation for every call and eventually you get more comfortable winging it a bit as you gain more experience. But at any firm there’s going to be some partners whose style you don’t mesh with. No need to throw out the whole firm just yet though.

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Your confusing optics with toxic. Work on your optics, it’s all that counts. Play or leave. (Stinks but there it is).

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Competent partners see through that fluff. Introverted associates who tend to keep their head down but produce consistent good work are valued, but it may take longer to be noticed.

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Feel the same way.

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That’s what I am struggling with.

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