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Best Lawyers’ article “Advice from Canada’s ‘Lawyer of the Year’ Honorees” showcases Erin O’Brien Edmonds’ answer to the question: “If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self at the start of your career, what would it be?”

Practicing law is daunting in the beginning. When you’re starting out, you’ll think everyone knows more than you do—and they probably will. My advice is to take your time, be thorough, and don’t give up. It takes dedication and engagement to be a good lawyer. It is a never-ending battle to stay on top of things. When you feel you have finally arrived, don’t forget where it all started; that’s when it’s your turn to mentor the next generation of lawyers to help them through those difficult early days.

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