There Is Always Another Client: An Interview with Brian Tannebaum
Dave Lorenzo interviews Brian Tannebaum, a Miami-based ethics and criminal defense attorney. Brian is a mentor and teacher to young lawyers. His advice is applicable for professionals in all industries and particularly valuable for attorneys who own their law firm. Season 2 Show 42 Episode 164
Brian began his career as a criminal defense lawyer and now also represents law students & lawyers in Bar admission, discipline and ethics matters, as well as lawyers and law firms in partnership disputes, fee disputes, & other issues facing legal professionals.
In 2014, the ABA published his book, "The Practice - Brutal Truths About Lawyers And Lawyering."
Brian is President of the Florida Association of Bar Defense Lawyers, and Past President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & its Miami Chapter. He was Chair of the Florida Bar Traffic Court Rules Committee, is a member of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee & former member of the Criminal Law Section Executive Council.
In November 2018 he began a two-year term as Chair of the Board of the Innocence Project of Florida.
Brian’s Not Guilty verdict in the case of United States vs. Dow was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “Top 10 Defense Verdicts,” civil or criminal, in the United States.
A native Miamian, Brian is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell & listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America©. Brian was voted “Best of the Bar” by the South Florida Business Journal, one of Florida's Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine, in every edition of Super Lawyers Magazine and voted one of the Top Lawyers in South Florida by the South Florida Legal Guide. He has provided live trial commentary on Court TV, appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, & National Public Radio, & has been quoted in publications throughout the world including The New York Times, People Magazine, and Modern Healthcare.
Brian is Past Chairman of the 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society and a former member of the Board of the Miami Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.
Brian is admitted to practice in Florida, the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a Certified Sommelier.
1SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 1400,
The Practice: Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering – Amazon Link
Buy the book from the ABA: ABA Link
03:58 Why Brian has chosen to work with and represent attorneys.
05:15 Great advice Brian received about how cases (and often careers) sometimes choose you.
05:58 How hard is it to represent people who think they can do it themselves?
07:51 When do you walk away from a client who you know is going to be difficult?
09:32 There’s always another case – Why you need to remind yourself of that.
12:09 How do I spot a bad lawyer?
14:50 Why do we need to admit mistakes and be completely honest when we go to an attorney for help?
17:05 Good lawyers sometimes get in trouble. How much should someone hiring a lawyer care about a past bar infraction when they are seeking representation?
20:30 Attorneys are under constant scrutiny. They have to be more careful than the average businessperson. Brian explains why.
24:10 Why clients rationalize their behavior and how it hurts them.
26:23 How do you break bad news to a client?
28:07 When a bad situation is over, how do you help clients move on with their life?
32:45 What is the innocence project? https://www.innocenceproject.org
35:40 The question every criminal defense lawyer is asked…
37:50 How does Brian handle the income fluctuation of the practice of law?
45:19 How does a young lawyer get involved in the community and become a resource for people?
48:28 Why is a hobby good for business?