Seckler Legal Coaching — About

Stephen E. Seckler

sesI am a seasoned recruiter and marketing coach who has spent the last 20 years advising lawyers and other professionals on how to advance their careers.  I have dedicated my entire professional life to helping other professional find more career satisfaction and marketing success.   While my primary professional focus is on searching for top talent for law firms and companies in the life sciences and hi-tech industries (I am Director of Attorney Recruitment and Career Advancement for Marc Z Legal), I also coach attorneys and other professionals on how to incorporate effective business development and marketing techniques into their practices.

I work with ambitious associates and partners to help them find the right mix of practice development tools.  I also consult with smaller law firms on marketing and management issues (including staffing, succession planning and technology) and counsel a broad cross section of the bar on a range of career issues.

In the past, I have served on the Law Practice Management Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association including serving one year as Vice Chair.  For four years, I served as Managing Director of the Boston office of BCG Attorney Search.

I have a broad network of professional relationships with managing partners, department chairs, in-house counsel and leaders of the bar. Prior to launching the Boston office of BCG Attorney Search in 2005, I spent eight years building my own consulting firm, Seckler Legal Consulting. During this time as a consultant, I recruited partners, associates and in-house counsel. I also coached dozens of lawyers on a variety of career and marketing issues.

My coaching clients came from all segments of the legal community from senior partners at large firms to in-house counsel to sole practitioners.  I enjoy working with a broad range of personalities and my clients tell me that I am very effective in finding ways to communicate with them in a way that is most helpful to their own professional needs.

My blog on career and marketing issues facing the legal community is called  Counsel to Counsel.  Counsel to Counsel has twice been named to the ABA Journal’s Blawg100, the 100 best Web sites by lawyers, for lawyers, as chosen by the editors of the ABA Journal.

Before the explosion of social media, blogging and websites,  I published an electronic newsletter, Seckler’s Legal Digest which provided the bar with links to useful career and marketing resources. I also created and  facilitated a monthly career roundtable for the Career Services Committee of the New England Corporate Counsel Association and sat on the Boston Bar Association’s Committee on Work/Life Balance. I was also an active member of the Steering Committee of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Section of the BBA.

I am a 1988 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and while deciding not to practice law has worked well for me, I get great pleasure in helping other lawyers to be successful.  I understand the challenges they face and I bring that perspective to my work.

From 1989 through 1996, I worked as a program attorney for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, where I was responsible for developing hundreds of professional education programs for a leading CLE provider. I have spoken many times on career and marketing issues. I am also qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator  and interested in law office technology, management, behavioral economics and entrepreneurship.

What gets me excited is finding ways to get smart professionals to embrace the change that will lead them to their career and personal goals.