Virtual Office NYC Attorney, Vivian Sobers, Doesn’t Let Angry She-Devils Drag Her Down Into Their Miserable World

By Law Firm Suites - November 21, 2014
Virtual Office NYC Attorney, Vivian Sobers, Doesn’t Let Angry She-Devils Drag Her Down Into Their Miserable World

This week in Young, Hungry & Committed, Virtual Office NYC attorney, Vivian Sobers, is challenged by two angry legal professionals, but doesn’t take the bait.

Last week I made an appearance in Bronx County to help out another firm. When I got there at 9:00 A.M., for some reason, it was about 100 degrees inside the courthouse.

I went to the clerk to check in and she tells me the case is on for 2:00 P.M. not 9:30 A.M. like I had been told.


I was there to get an adjournment, so I ask the clerk if I can get it. She advises me that she cannot do anything without opposing counsel’s consent.

I call opposing counsel in a huff because the temperature is unbearable, and ask for the attorney. The secretary is the only one there. Obviously, she cannot give me consent.

Virtual Office NYCMind you, she has a raging attitude with me.

I try, as politely as possible, to ask her if she has any attorneys in the courthouse that can give me consent. I would have chased them down if it meant not having to come back!

The secretary tells me “sure his name is X and he’s in 319C.” I go to 319 and it is the accounting office for the Surrogates Court.

So I am thinking, maybe I heard her wrong. I call the bitchy secretary back and she semi yells in my ear: “It’s 390C!!”

I promptly go back down to the third floor (my courtroom was on the fifth), but as I am making my way there I am thinking, 390?!?! That does not sound right.

I go down anyway and do a quick lap around the steamy 3rd floor hallway. The room numbers end at 336.

The she-devil secretary had just sent me chasing my tail for her own amusement.

Normally I would have ripped someone’s head off, but I am going to the gym now and I am much less ragey.

I laugh and I leave. Score one for the bitchy secretary.

Virtual Office NYCI end up leaving and coming back to the courthouse at 2:00 P.M. When I get there and meet the attorney. Surprise, she also has an attitude. It must be a prerequisite for getting hired by this firm.

I am requesting something that, if I ask the judge I am 99% likely to get what I want. But she knows that I am working per diem, and she wants to spread a little misery around. She insists that I wait.

Then she starts asking me about the case, mostly because a lot of per diems do not bother figuring out what the case is about especially if you are just getting an adjournment.

But I had prepared. She starts rattling off facts about the case that are totally wrong. I proceed to correct her.

She asks me if I want to settle.

I tell her no.

She asks me why I need an adjournment.

I answer.

Then she tells me she has to call her client.

In all, I am there an extra hour longer than necessary for no other reason than she wants me to be.

But I was proud. I did not have any outbursts. I am learning to laugh.

She wanted to get me wound up, and I did not take the bait. I did the exact opposite: I just sat there like I had nothing but time.

In the end I got what I wanted, both from the court and for myself: I did not let these angry she-devils drag me down into their miserable world.

Score one for me.

 Getting mired down into opposing counsel’s drama is just one mistake attorneys make in their practice.

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Vivian Sobers is a commercial litigator pursuing a solo law practice right out of law school. She is a client in Law Firm Suites’ Virtual Office Program. Vivian’s weekly blog series “Young, Hungry and Committed” documents the trials and tribulations of a young attorney navigating her way through the challenging world of self-employed legal practice.

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One thought on “Virtual Office NYC Attorney, Vivian Sobers, Doesn’t Let Angry She-Devils Drag Her Down Into Their Miserable World

  1. The Manager
    on said:

    Great article. This is one of the biggest problems of the profession. There are many good, kind and humble attorneys and secretaries who are filled with pride with regard to their work and their ethics. But it seems like the bad, attitudinal idiots out weigh the 3 to 1. Starting with Snotty Secretaries who believe the world will fall apart without them (they don’t understand that the world will be a better place without them) to Stupid Attorney who believe that now that they have been admitted everyone will officially bow down to their greatness when they have no common sense or street smarts.

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