A Late Career Shift to Public Service [on the Counsel to Counsel Podcast]

What makes a legal career satisfying? Representing the most sophisticated clients?  Making a great living? Getting the brass ring at a large law firm? Or is it giving back?  If you ask Rich Johnston, Chief Legal Counsel for Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, it’s the latter.  Rich spent almost four decades as a partner at WilmerHale (originally Hale and Dorr).  While he did get to work on great cases as a commercial litigator, it was his public service and pro bono work that brought him the highest levels of satisfaction.In the latest episode of the Counsel to Counsel podcast, Rich talks about his late career move into public service and why lawyers should look for ways to serve the public good while they are in private practice.  I’m  big fan of our attorney general and it was great to hear Rich’s story.  It ties in well with The Next Stage, my coaching program for senior lawyers trying to figure out what to do for the next 10-15 years of their lives.