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13 Good Movies For Lawyer-Entrepreneurs

If you run a law practice, you’re an entrepreneur, whether you consider yourself one or not.

So what better way to spend the holidays than watching a film that offers valuable tips and insights for entrepreneurs?

Like Office Space, which features cutting-edge commentary on cubicle culture, not to mention life-saving advice on coping with copy machines (“Throw it out the window!”).

Here are a dozen other cinematic delights, courtesy of Entrepreneur:

  1. Wall Street. What do you get when you combine an ambitious young stockbroker (who could just as easily be an ambitious young law associate), a ruthless investor (aka managing partner) and a single-minded pursuit of wealth and power? A feast of back-stabbing, betrayals and unethical behavior, that’s what. Takeaway: how not to treat your friends – or enemies.
  1. Erin Brockovich. A paralegal and struggling single mother leverages street-smarts, empathy and persistence into the largest settlement ever paid in a class-action lawsuit. Takeaway: female empowerment.
  1. The Godfather. A small family business becomes the biggest crime organization in New York, Takeaway: beware of offers you can’t refuse.
  1. Joy. The creator of the Miracle Mop parlays hard work, resilience and belief in herself into a multi-million dollar career. Takeaway: there are ways to mop up both literally and metaphorically.
  1. Glengarry Gary Ross. Lying and cheating are the blueprint for success in the competitive Chicago real estate market. Takeaway: they are also a prescription for misery.
  1. The Pursuit of Happyness. A homeless single father with an indomitable work ethic realizes his business and financial dreams. Takeaway: internships can indeed pay off.
  1. Steve Jobs. The co-founder of Apple rose from utter failure to unprecedented success, losing friends and making lots of mistakes along the way. Takeaway: have a vision and don’t waver.
  1. The Social Network. The story of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg shows that what’s important is not always who has an idea but who can execute it. Takeaway: “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.”
  1. Catch Me If You Can. A con man impersonates an airline pilot, doctor and lawyer. Takeaway: slick thinking and a charming personality work wonders – until you get caught.
  1. Jerry Maguire. A disillusioned sports agent swaps his soul-sapping corporate gig for a risky solo venture and finds love in the process. Takeaway: show me the money.
  1. The Aviator. Howard Hughes descends from the loftiest of business heights to a sad landing in the Nevada desert. Takeaway: balance and moderation can make all the difference.
  1. The Big Short. A group of fund managers and investors profit from the 2008 financial crisis. Takeaway: buy low, sell high.


What movies would add to this list?


Source: Entrepreneur





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Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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