The Ability to Organize
Great trial lawyers spin plates. Lots of plates. (Those of you who do not remember "The Ed Sullivan Show" may not appreciate this metaphor. Learn about it here.) Law firm management requires time. Training of associates and others requires time. Bar associations require time. Families require time. And then those pesky clients ….
Thus, a great trial lawyer uses his or her best efforts to be efficient. This is particularly true in a contingent fee practice (other things being equal the efficient lawyer receives more money for less work) but is also true in a hourly billing practice (great trial lawyers work to maximize efficiency to lower client costs). Part of being an efficient lawyer is the ability to organize or, at a minimum, recognize the lack of strength in this area and thus possess the willingness to allow another to organize for you.