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Connecting With Your Tribe

Date November 30, 2017 Comment Comments Off on Connecting With Your Tribe

Connecting With  Your Tribe

thetribeLaw is a profession that attracts individuals who enjoy solitude (according to the ABA, as many as 60% of attorneys are introverts.) If you ask most lawyers how they feel about networking, you are likely to get a  lukewarm response.  Getting out and making small talk is simply not a high priority activity for a lot of attorneys.  But as I’ve written on many occasions, leaving your office and meeting other professionals is the best way to advance your career, position yourself for future job opportunities and build your law practice. Read more…

What I’ve Learned as In-House Counsel

Date November 19, 2017 Comment Comments Off on What I’ve Learned as In-House Counsel

What I’ve Learned as In-House Counsel

holygrailSuccessAssociates ask me almost daily to let them know if I hear of any in-house opportunities.  Given the fact that corporate law jobs remain in high demand, I thought it would be useful to put together some of the pros and cons of going in-house. Rather than giving my own two cents on what it takes to be successful on the inside, I wanted to share the voices of lawyers who are actually in the trenches. So, I wrote to about 150 in-house lawyers to ask them the question “What have you learned as in-house counsel?”

I received a lot of thoughtful responses and many were very nuanced.  While career satisfaction remains high amongst the in-house counsel I surveyed (at least the ones who responded!) there are definitely some trade-offs from private practice.  Click here to read the whole article on JD Supra.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Date November 11, 2017 Comment Comments Off on Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Should I Stay? Should I Go? signpost drawn on a blackboard

I make my living by convincing lawyers to consider new career opportunities.  Join Smith & Jones and increase your partnership potential.  Make a lateral move and get the chance to work with cutting edge biotechnology clients.  Change firms and become a bigger fish in a smaller pond.  Get away from unpredictable hours.

While making a lateral move can certainly address core career concerns and help increase career satisfaction, a lateral move is not always the best option.  At the very least, if you are thinking that the grass may be greener somewhere else, it is worth taking the time to look critically at your current job. Are there things you can change about your present situation that will help you increase your career happiness? Read more…