Reidenbach spends a considerable part of his time looking after others, promoting young talents and contributing legal know-how to non-profit organizations. In 2018, he formed his leadership team, a group of five members of his team who have shown leadership interests. Composed of admins, paralegals and attorneys, Scott delegates critical tasks to each member of the executive team based on their particular interests.
The management team meets quarterly and Reidenbach encourages frequent exchanges between these managers and all employees. Then they discuss challenges, successes and proposed solutions.
Who advised you in building your career?
One of my first mentors was the most effective. I first met Jay N. Abramowitch in Stone Harbor around 1995 when I was serving at tables in a restaurant after my junior year of law school. We immediately formed a friendship and bond. Even though we never worked together or in the same company, in the early days of my career we would talk on the phone or meet for dinner every few months. He was a partner in a law firm in Wyomissing, PA. We talked about law, Buddhism, bird watching, family, soccer, and life. The most valuable lesson he taught me was to keep calm. As a young lawyer, I wanted to work 20 hour days, win dozens of new clients, win all of my cases and make it “to the top”. He showed me that the legal profession is an honorable profession and that you can be a passionate and avid advocate for your clients while still being a gentleman and empathetic. He also taught me to be patient and let things happen instead of trying to leave it all behind. We’ve lost touch over the years, but I think of him a lot.
What is the value of solid mentorship?
It’s priceless. Especially during this pandemic, many young lawyers do not get the personal or personalized mentoring and coaching they need. Young lawyers need a hero, someone they are modeled on, someone to show them the right way. Without mentors, there is no one there to pass on the stories, the lessons, the historical background of legal issues and precedents, or local customs and traditions. Every lawyer should have at least one mentor whom they can contact if necessary and, last but not least, serve as a sounding board, voice of reason or guide.
Given the rapidly changing profession, what advice would you give a young lawyer?
However, in addition to one or more mentors, and this may be unpopular advice, it would be to specialize in one area of law. The best advice I ever got was from my father-in-law before I went to law school. He said don’t be a generalist, find a niche area, a specialty and become the best in that area. He believed that the most impact, if not the most money, could be made by specializing in something rather than being an “all-rounder”. The risk is that you will limit your legal opportunities, but the chances are that you will be sought and well rewarded by becoming the best in a particular area of law or legal aspect.