Building a Concierge Law Practice to Address Family Conflict and Mental Health Issues

In the latest episode of the Counsel to Counsel podcast, I speak with Lisa Cukier, a partner at the law firm Burns and Levinson in Boston.  Lisa practices in a number of related areas including: all aspects of estate and trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, probate law, child custody, parentage issues and divorce.  She also works on guardianship and conservatorship matters,  elder financial exploitation, matters and serves as concierge trustee for many clients who feel protected by her approach to problem resolution.  Her work includes representation of blended families.

We talk about how she has built what she calls a concierge practice.  We also discuss what it has been like to serve on the executive committee of her firm, and how she has modified her own marketing and business development in a time of social distancing.

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Succession Planning for Law Firms Meets Chapter 3 for Lawyers

All professional athletes eventually face the same challenge: when to retire and what to do after retirement. For the most part, an athlete’s career is limited in time because of the physical demands of job. Lawyers on the other hand do not face these constraints. There are many lawyers who practice well into their 70’s or 80’s and some who never choose to retire. But for many law firms and for many law firm partners, this is not an optimal strategy. Healthy businesses need a healthy succession plan and after 40 years in practice, many lawyers are ready for some sort of change.

As the pandemic has caused many law firms and partners to rethink their priorities, the issue of what to do with senior partners has become more timely. Firms are already under a lot of under a lot of financial stress. A lack of succession planning only adds to this.

In the latest episode of the Counsel to Counsel Podcast, I  welcome back Larry Stybel of Stybel Peabody. At the beginning of

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An In-house Career in the Life Sciences

For some associates, partnership is the ultimate career goal. But for many lawyers, a plum in-house job is the real brass ring. In the latest episode of the

, I welcome Mark Levine who has won the brass ring several times in his career. Mark is General Counsel and Secretary at Flexion Therapeutics, a commercial stage biotech company.

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Building Business Relationships in a Time of Social Distancing-Webinar

UPDATE:  This webinar has already taken place.  For a rough transcript, click here.

Please join me for a webinar on building business relationships on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.  Free for members of the Boston Bar Association.  We will be discussing the importance of building your network and how networks are crucial for career advancement and business generation.  I will be offering some tips on how to do this effectively at a time when getting together in person is not possible.

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling on a Part-time Schedule

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

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A time for Career Reflection? [an offer to be a sounding board]

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.

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7 Career Management Tips-Special COVID Edition of the C2C Podcast

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.

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Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

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.

In the latest episode of the Counsel to Counsel podcast, I am joined by Hether Cahill, a partner at the Boston law firm Burns and Levinson. 

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From Biglaw to Boutique Law-How to Downsize Your Career and Increase your Career Satisfaction

Josh Rissmiller, is now a partner at a corporate boutique in Boston.  But he started his legal career at one of the top firms in New York and lateraled to an international firm in Boston.  What was it like to leave a large firm, what did he gain by starting out as an associate at a big New York firm and how is his life different (and better) at a boutique.

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Thirty Years of Biglaw Wisdom from a Biglaw Expat

Anyone who has ever met John Hession knows that he is not your typical attorney.  He is someone who really tries to connect with everyone whether they are partners, associates, support staff or clients.  John is also someone who has tremendous wisdom about what it takes to succeed in a big law firm.

I’ve known John for over 25 years and recently sat down with him over breakfast to catch up.  We talked about practicing at a big firm and his transition into more of a professional

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