Humor in the Salt Mines: A Master Lawyer's Guide to Associate Success collects Asa Rountree's well-honed views on how to practice law. His advice is not just timeless and true, but funny and practical. It also hints at the great pleasure that can be had in aiming for excellence as a lawyer. Asa's memos shaped generations of lawyers who had the good fortune to work with him. This book collects these memos, making them available to a wider audience.
Asa Rountree practiced law as corporate litigator and trial lawyer. He spent most of his career in New York City as a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, before retiring from the firm and returning to Birmingham, Alabama as a shareholder at Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. Asa was a prolific writer, penning titles such as The Roman Republic: An Historical Parallel?; Human Nature, Morality, and the State; and Words: Essays and Other Words. He was, as he liked to say, a consummate collector of rejection slips.