I am a seasoned recruiter and marketing coach who has spent the last 20+ years advising lawyers on how to advance their careers. I have dedicated my entire professional life to helping attorneys find more career satisfaction and marketing success. 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.
I spend a significant portion of my time searching for top talent for law firms and companies in the life sciences and hi-tech industries. I also spend a significant about of time coaching attorneys on how to incorporate effective business development and marketing techniques into their practices.
As President of SLRC, I work with ambitious associates and partners to help them find the right environment to grow as a professional. For some partners and associates, this means making a lateral move to a firm that offers a better platform to grow a particular type of practice. For others, it means helping them to find ways to make the platform work more effectively.
I also work with lawyers looking to move to an in-house role where they can be part of the business, move away from the billable hour, and have the chance to take on some business functions as well.
As a marketing coach, I help lawyers find the right mix of practice development tools to grow their practice. 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 and for six years, I served as Director of Attorney Recruitment and Career Advancement for Marc Z Legal Staffing.
I have a broad network of professional relationships with managing partners, department chairs, in-house counsel and leaders of the bar and I am very active in the business networking group Provisors where I have met a wonderful mix of talented professionals.
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 communicating 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. In 2018, I launched the podcast Counsel to Counsel where I interview lawyers who have done interesting things with their careers and achieved high levels of career satisfaction. I also interview consultants who have interesting things to say about legal marketing and the practice of law.
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.