Ryan McKeen Named A New Leader In The Law

Writing my own headlines….about me…..in the third person…it doesn’t get any lamer. Not for a second.

The Connecticut Law Tribune has named me a 2016 New Leader In The Law.

Ryan McKeen getting an award.
Ryan McKeen getting an award.

I am among 37 winners, who were judged by a panel of four judges for development of the law, advocacy/community contributions, service to the bar, and peer/public recognition.

When I googled “ct law tribune new leaders in the law 2016” I came across a number of press releases from large firms. There’s a story here. I promise.

When the Hartford Business Journal named me “40 Under 40” for 2014, I was seriously asked at a pre-event dinner, “who is your PR person?” I chuckled. I said I do all of my own press.

I was then asked “who nominated you?”. I smiled and said “I nominated myself”.

Many of these awards are bestowed upon folks by their employers. Big firms submit X number of associate names to the Law Tribune. Presumably it is a good sign your firm is submitting your name.

There was a point in my life, probably most of it, that I would have been embarrassed about this. But somewhere in my journey of self employment – I stopped caring about such things.

When you are a solo – awards are nice. At a big firm you’ll get recognition from your colleagues. When you’re a solo, such recognition has a different value. They help boost your Avvo rating. They may legitimize you in the eyes of clients. Having your name in the paper in front of other lawyers may result in referrals.

So if you are solo, have no PR person, no partner to nominate you – consider nominating yourself.

Other meta posts from my PR person:

ABA Blawg 100!!!!!!!!

McKeen Selected For Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Class

Ryan McKeen Honored By CT Personal Injury Hall of Fame