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.
Thinking about new ways to leverage your legal expertise in 2021? Join us for a webinar on December 16th, Creating Board Options for Lawyers.
If you are a senior lawyer, you might be intrigued by the idea of serving on a non-profit or for-profit board of directors. Board membership offers a high-impact way to leverage your expertise and skills. In the case of a non-profit board, it is a way to give back and find more career satisfaction later in your career. For-profit boards offer a way to grow your income and reward you for the years of knowledge you have developed about an industry.
While I usually sit in the interviewer seat during podcasts, I was very pleased to be a guest on Steve Fretzin’s podcast, Be That Lawyer. Steve and I discus:
*The importance of relationship building in selling professional services
*The challenges and issues that lawyers face in making career transitions or in growing a law practice, and,
*The Next Stage, my new coaching program for senior lawyers who are thinking about What Comes Next.
The legal job market was strong until the start of 2020. And then came COVID. If you are currently a junior associate at a law firm, chances are that your first job search was more reactive than proactive. There were lots of options. Law firms came on campus for OCI and you ended up working as a summer associate (and eventually received an offer of permanent employment). Or maybe you responded to a posting from your career services office or even saw an ad on Indeed or LinkedIn for an entry level job.
The market has shifted and now that you’ve been on the job for a couple of years, what is the next step in your career? Partnership? Perhaps. But the reality for most associates is that they will make at least one move in the first few years of practice. Some associates will make a lateral move to another firm, while others may opt for in-house corporate roles, government agencies or even launching their own firms.
If you are a junior associate in your first job out of law school and you are looking for more career insights about these issues, join Stephen Seckler and Linda Kline for a live webinar at the Boston Bar Association on October 15th.
How do you move to a new city and build a law practice? Do what Dave Dykeman has done over the last 20 years. Dave is Co-Managing Partner of the Boston Office of Greenberg Traurig where he also Co-Chairs the firm’s Global Life Sciences & Medical Technology Group. In the latest episode of the Counsel to Counsel Podcast, Dave and I talk about building a niche IP practice in medical devices and other technologies. He describes how his early marketing efforts yielded great results over time.
Just before the COVID crisis really heated up, I interviewed Lauren Resnick, who is the Chief Practice Partner for the national law firm BakerHostetler. Lauren is someone who not only broke through the glass ceiling at an AmLaw 100 firm, but she did it as a part-time attorney. I spoke with Lauren about her path from the public sector back into private practice, and what it was like being part-time. We also discussed some of the challenges of being in a
The reality of COVID-19 is hitting all of us hard. Our lives and careers are being significantly disrupted. At a time when we most want to come together, we are being told to socially distance. While that seems like the new normal, we still have ways to connect virtually. In this vein, I am writing to offer you the chance to reflect on what you really want from your career. If you have more down time right now or if the coronavirus is just causing you to rethink your priorities, The Juris Doctor is In.
My tips for managing your career during the COVID-19 crisis. A special edition of the Counsel to Counsel Podcast. Click here or listen wherever you get your podcasts. If you are feeling isolated or if you just want a sounding board, I also invite you to set up a time for an informal consult by Zoom. I’m always happy to speak to lawyers about their marketing or their efforts to build a practice.
Women have made significant gains in the legal profession. But even in 2020, women are woefully underrepresented in the partnership ranks of major law firms. In the coming months, I will be interviewing women who have broken through the glass ceiling and have been elevated to partnership.
My latest interview on the Counsel to Counsel Podcast. Larry Stybel of Stybel Peabody shares 40 years of wisdom on how lawyers can increase their career satisfaction.
Available here or wherever you get your podcasts.