Is your legal career like a canoe ride across a lake or like a whitewater rafting trip? In my latest podcast, I speak with Jose Sierra a partner at Holland and Knight who has done it all (Clerked in 5th Circuit, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, served as senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer for two pharmaceutical companies, and worked at small, mid-sized and large law firms).
Thinking about leaving private practice and going in-house? In this episode of the Counsel to Counsel Podcast, I interview Walt Pollard, Associate General Counsel of Brown Brothers Harriman. Walt offers some great insights about what it takes to be successful in a corporate law department and how to get there.
Associates 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 … Read more
In the past 18 years, I have spoken to thousands of law firm associates about their career concerns. While there are a number of themes that are common (long and unpredictable hours, difficult clients, concerns about not making partner), one thing I have heard over and over again is the desire to go in-house. Simply … Read more
I’ve written in the past about the pro’s and con’s of leaving private practice for a corporate job. Overall, GC’s seem to have a high level of career satisfaction. Here is more evidence of that. But GC jobs can be less secure than law firm jobs because partners have a more diversified portfolio of clients. … Read more
In my post yesterday, I linked to my colleague Gloria Cannon’s article about in-house careers. In the article, she made the case that it is difficult to go from a law department back to a firm (unless you can bring a significant amount of work from your corporate employer.) I neglected to mention my own … Read more
My colleague Gloria Cannon has written a nice piece about the pro’s and con’s of going in-house. She suggests that a ticket out of a law firm is likely to be a one way ticket–so think long and hard before you attempt the move. Gloria, who works out of the Pasadena office of BCG Attorney … Read more
According to Altman Weil, the answer is yes. Of course, one should be very wary of studies like these. There are a lot of factors that are taken into consideration when corporations set salaries for attorneys. I wrote an article about this a few years ago. My data is a little dated, but the general … Read more
How can you increase your chances of becoming a GC? Competition is fierce for in-house jobs in general. Top law firm credentials are not enough to land one of these coveted positions. Law.com provides 10 tips from recruiters in Atlanta who place candidates in-house. For more on the subject, I wrote an article which answers … Read more
If you regularly speak to lawyers at large firms, you know that many plan to go in-house and become general counsel some day. The general perception is that going in-house offers better hours, more job security, a chance to earn a big pay out, an escape from time keeping and an opportunity to become part … Read more