What Makes A Good OT Lawyer?

A quick two minute read that equally applies to contracting professionals as mission focused business leaders.

Consider sharing with the attorney(s) in your life.

  1. The ability to unlearn.

It is paramount that a lawyer fully understands the statutes, their history, and how they differ from traditional ways of doing business. It is easy to jump to conclusions about statutory language, as some words seem like those used in the traditional system. The OT statutes have their own legislative history and meaning; they are not defined by analogy to words in the traditional system in statute or regulation. For a lawyer steeped in the traditional system there is an element of unlearning needed to be vitally effective with OTs.

4. A keen understanding of the agreement vision and goals.

The lawyer needs to spend time with the project manager to really understand their vision of the project and help craft the strategy to accomplish it. Agreement design starts with goals that inform its structure, not preconceived notions that limit agreement structure. Attitudes like “just say no” and “I’m not sure” do not meet the challenges our country currently faces. The OT model is freedom of contract, not a highly regulated purchasing system.

Yes! Both of these are true for lawyers and COs turned Agreements Officers.