Friends are obviously people who have your back. Friends root for you to do well. Friends are happy when things are going well for you and your law firm. They want to see you and your firm do well. They offer truthful constructive criticism with the goal of improving your law firm and you as a lawyer.
Friends like this are invaluable. Friends like this can be other lawyers who may have the same or similar experience as a lawyer or law firm owner as you do. Friends are often other attorneys who went to law school with a lawyer. Friends are people who you have developed a good rapport with over time. And, in some instances, a friend like this can be a lawyer who has more experience and is a mentor. The reality is that we all need friends in life. And this is also true in law firm and lawyer land.