You’ve seen it. I know you have. It’s as a common as doing a talking head ad standing in front of a shelf of book. And it’s a bit of a joke in legal circles. Yet, it pops up all the time!
It’s “combined years of legal experience.”
Even a quick check of Google reveals a number of law firms using this language.
18 years of combined legal experience
40 years of combined legal experience
90 [!] years of combined legal experience
Well, I’m here to tell you – don’t buy into it!
Why “combined years of legal experience is a joke”
The main problem with this is there is no such thing as “combined legal experience.”
As much you may feel that lawyers are pod people, we really cannot connect our brains together!
Another problem is that if a lawyer advertises “18 years of combined legal experience” you may rightfully expect that you are getting 18 years of experience on your problem. But, are you really?
Consider what “18 years of combined years of experience” may actually mean:
- 18 lawyers with 1 year of experience.
- 1 lawyer with 17 years of experience and 1 junior associate with 1 year of experience. Psst: you are assigned to the junior associate.
- 1 lawyer with 18 years of experience (in a completely different practice area) who just started practicing law in your area this year.
So, don’t be taken in by law firms advertising “combined years of experience.” More often than not it’s just a way of making a law firm sound more experienced that it really is.
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