I’ll tell you: it’s when another lawyer who was on the other side of a case calls you up and sends you a good case. Not a bad case or a bad client, but a good case with a good client. This has happened to me a few times and I always treasure the compliment. Once the lead litigation partner at one of the biggest firms in Virginia sent me a good case with a good client. His reason: he knew I would give the client great service at a fair price. Another time, one of the most famous lawyers in the United States, who has appeared several times in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and taken the hardest cases, sent me a client. Why? Because his firm was too busy and he, too, knew I would do right by his client.
Now that is the ultimate compliment.