I get the impression that Dyer may be understating his ability to strike that balance and his impact as a leader on his clients in civilian life and his military colleagues in Iraq. I spoke with Roger Taylor, managing partner of Finnegan, Henderson's Atlanta office, and his remarks seem to confirm my suspicion. “Bill is respected and well liked within our firm,” Taylor said. “Intellectual property work is complex and time pressured. We depend on Bill to direct and review the work of the younger attorneys. He also serves as a chief interface with clients, and we can't send just anyone to work directly with them. His style and expertise establish credibility with the clients.”

Dyer remains philosophical about his approach to leadership, ...

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