The Reliable Associate

Level: Beginner
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: September 18, 2019
Click here to share this program
Download PDF


  • Time Management Tips
  • Working with Partners, Senior Associates and Staff
  • Producing High-Quality Work Products
  • Prioritization
  • Taking Copious Notes
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: September 18, 2019


Are you a new attorney? Don’t we all wish that we had today’s knowledge about life and people when we were in high school? We would have navigated our way through those years in a very different manner. If you just graduated law school and are starting your new career as an associate, what are the things that would be obvious to you in two or three years that you would like to know now to become a reliable associate your first year of practicing law?

This program was recorded on September 18th, 2019.

Provided By

American Bar Association


Kerry M. Lavelle

Lavelle Law, Ltd.

As the founding partner of a law firm that bears my name, I take an especially focused view of serving clients. While certain areas of law can be complex, what matters most in dealing with any legal case is hard work and meeting the needs of our clients. Before we begin any work, whether in the office, in a meeting, a hearing, or the courtroom, it is imperative that we understand your needs, concerns, and all aspects of your case. I take time to meet with you, listen to your concerns, and review the options available to you. Once we have a course of action, I assure you that you cannot find another attorney who will work harder and be more thorough on your behalf.

I also believe that as a business owner, I have a responsibility to commit to my local community and participate fully in the events that are important to the residents who live and work here. Lavelle Law always has, and always will be, a willing and active contributor to the overall needs of our local community and the people and organizations that make it so vibrant and successful.

Finally, as I have progressed through my career, I have gained valuable insights from many mentors and peers. I believe that it is incumbent on successful attorneys to share our knowledge with the next generation of attorneys to assist in their career development and to maintain the highest standards in serving clients.

Richard D. Rivera

Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP

Mr. Rivera works both in the Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. His litigation practice is focused on commercial litigation, with a special emphasis in defending actions brought under consumer protection statutes, such as the FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, and their state-level counterparts. Mr. Rivera is available to assist in most business disputes.

Mr. Rivera’s intellectual property practice is concentrated in advising clients in matters involving intellectual property (trademark and copyright), compliance with state and federal laws governing sweepstakes and other promotional activities, software and internet technology, marketing, and licensing issues. Mr. Rivera also prosecutes trademark and copyright registrations before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States Copyright Office.

Mr. Rivera received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Florida in 2009. He earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Florida State University College of Law in 2013, where he was a member of the Florida State University Law Review, an Article and Notes Editor of the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, and an Article Selection Editor on the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Florida.

Similar Courses

Card image cap
92 minutes
#MeToo: Empowering Employees and Employers to Address Workplace Sexual Harassment & Violence
Join our expert attorneys as they discuss how employers can work to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment and violence in their workplace, and create an environment in which employees are able to respond to and report incidents without fear of retaliation. Not only is there a deep moral imperative to rectify sexual harassment in the workplace and promote an equitable work environment, but also there is significant monetary liability as a potential consequence for employers who fail to address harassment in the workplace.

American Bar Association


Add to Cart
Card image cap
77 minutes
§ 363 Sale Issues
Dive into Section 363 sales issues, including whether there are limits to “free and clear”; the GM conflict between Sections 365(h) and 363(f) (“lease-stripping”); sales free and clear of leasehold interests, restrictive covenants and override royalties; being free and clear of successorships in CBAs; selling free and clear of environmental liabilities (La Paloma, Exide); and loan-to-own strategies.

American Bankruptcy Institute


Add to Cart
Card image cap
63 minutes
2018 CA Consumer Privacy Act: The Big Tail Wagging the U.S.
In this session, two leading information governance attorneys will share why you need to and how you can be ready.



Add to Cart
Card image cap
50 minutes
2019 Regulatory Outlook: Ensuring Compliance Across SEC, DOL and NAIC Regulations
Most insurers are moving ahead with their risk and compliance initiatives, even as regulatory uncertainty poses significant and ongoing challenges. Lawmakers and regulators are striving to make necessary changes and updates to applicable laws and regulations, which insurers are expected to comply with going forward, however in some areas, the requirements aren’t yet so clear. This session will highlight some of the biggest risks within the industry and how insurers can implement strategies to stay on top of these new and at times, confusing, changes.

General Counsel Conference


Add to Cart
Previous Next