It's December, and attorneys everywhere are scurrying to buy presents -- so they don't seem like a louse.
But who's on their list? There are many to flatter -- such as anyone who helped them with their legal matters.
Not just clients, associates, or legal assistants -- there are lots of others to thank, so you'd best be persistent.
Here are five people to add to your holiday list. We suggest finding presents they'll find hard to resist.
1. Court clerks
File-stamping and organizing documents isn't brain surgery, but it's a vital court function that can get quite stressful. Court clerks put up with a lot from us lawyers, and they definitely deserve recognition.
When considering gift-giving, keep in mind your court's local rules. Many courts prohibit gifts to individual clerks. But they usually allow "de minimis" gifts that can be shared with the entire department.
2. Your process server
They seek and deliver, day after day, sometimes risking their personal safety. Being a process server is an unpredictable job -- one that any law office, big or small, just can't do without.
Giving your process server a gift can show that you appreciate the trouble they've gone through to make sure your legal documents got into the right hands. And a nice gift may encourage your server to give your assignments priority.
3. Your paralegal
More than just skilled typists, paralegals are experts in their own right. They know your cases and your clients, perhaps better than you do.
We're sure paralegals are already high on your gift list, so just be sure to make their gifts extra special. Treat them as the professionals they are -- remember, their work often reflects on you.
4. Your IT expert
Whether your IT experts are in-house or outsourced, make sure you recognize the people who keep your office up-to-speed in today's interconnected world. Sure your website may have gone down for a bit, or you may have had some glitches with your email -- but without IT experts, we'd all be stuck in the digital dark ages.
5. Your mail room and kitchen staff
Last but not least, you should recognize the people who deliver the mail -- and those who keep your break room well-stocked. These workers are key to office communication -- not to mention keeping you caffeinated. Their speedy deliveries and efficient food service are surely grounds for a good present.