83: Sage Knauft | Navigating Law Career Choices

On today’s episode of The Edge of Excellence, Matt chats with Sage Knauft, Partner at Walsworth. Sage Knauft practices in a variety of fields, including business litigation, employment law, environmental law, construction law, general liability, product liability, premises liability, and public entity litigation.


Sage will discuss his three concepts of professional excellence: Preparation, Effort, and Reliability. If you adhere to these three principles regardless of your profession, your success will be guaranteed, Sage says. He will also talk about what it means to be successful, such as having a good life-work balance and giving back to the community.

He will share his path to becoming a lawyer while delving into the various types of law. You will learn about the types of cases he deals with on a daily basis. He will disclose the percentage of the cases that are resolved before they go to trial. He will explain why avoiding litigation is his first conversation with every client. You will discover how long it took him to become a partner. He will explain how he started as a profit-sharing partner before becoming a full-equity partner. You will also learn how to develop a specialty. Sage will also go into his decision to join the Orange County Bar Association’s Employment Law Section and his efforts to mentor young attorneys.

Join Matt and Sage as they dive into a fascinating conversation about law and the legal profession.


What You Will Learn In This Show:

  • Sage’s definition of excellence.
  • The different paths you can take in a legal career
  • The importance of communication and sales skills in the legal profession.
  • How you can become a partner in a law firm.
  • How to become aware of your potential strengths.
  • The importance of having a mentor early in your career.
  • And so much more…

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