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).
What does it take to advance your career as an associate in a law firm? What should you be thinking about as you move up the ranks from new associate to mid-level associate? In my latest podcast, Carlynn Sweeney offers some great advice for ambitious lawyers who want to plan the next steps in their … Read more
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?
My latest LPM tip for the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Lawyers eJournal.
Does all the change in the legal profession have you wondering whether you are at the “right” firm? My latest submission to JDSupra http://bit.ly/aFWkQ2 .
Okay. I know what you are thinking: this guy is nuts and law firm politics really stink. Au contraire!!!! I firmly believe now, after plenty of my own well-earned battle scars, that avoiding politics is just another way of playing politics–only in a really ineffectual and doomed-to-failure way. There is no getting around “playing the … Read more
I mentioned in an earlier blog the huge opportunities and challenges facing law firms with the impending baby boomer exodus from the leadership ranks. I thought I would expand on that theme here. That’s right, you heard me–the long-standing complaint among senior associates and junior partners that they have no role in leading firms is … Read more
My colleague Pete Smith, from BCG’s San Francisco office, warns of the perils of trying to moonlight when you work for a law firm. The key takeaway is that no matter what you do, make sure your firm is aware of your activities. I can’t imagine that any law firm would care that you played … Read more
My colleague Danice Kowalczyk in BCG’s New York office offers some interesting thoughts about when it makes sense to take a job as a legal temp. Temping has been around for a while now in the legal profession. Temping arrangements can be a win/win for firms who need to quickly build an army or fill … Read more
Immediately following the declaration of war against Hitler’s Germany in 1939, the uneasy populations of the allied nations went about their daily business; their lives as yet unchanged. In a gallows-humor attempt to explain this sudden onset, of, well, nothing particularly unusual, some cheeky Brit came up with the term â€œsitzkriegâ€â€”the â€œsitting warâ€ in contrast … Read more