Be S.M.A.R.T. in the New Year

I love the New Year.  With the arrival of January, we all have the chance to reinvent ourselves, create new habits, explore new directions and in short, try new things out for size.  In 2021, this has particular resonance as many of us found 2020 to be very challenging.  While we have a ways to go before life returns to “normal”, this is a great time to create goals that are S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound).  And as a reminder, once we have set those goals, it is important to create habits that move us towards those goals. (See “Mindlessness” is the Key to Marketing Success, my prior blog post.)

So what are your goals for the coming year?  Grow you practice by 20% in 2021?  Find an in-house counsel role by the Fall?  Build competency in a new practice area? Begin scaling back your practice and thinking about The Next Stage in your career/life?

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Top Counsel to Counsel Podcasts of 2020

It has been a great year for the Counsel to Counsel Podcast. As we enter 2021, I thought I would highlight some of the most popular episodes of the year.  While these are the most popular episodes of 2020, I pleased to report that C2C has a long tail.  In other words, my listeners continue to go back into the archives to find interviews that are relevant to them long after the recordings have been posted.

I’m very thankful for the great professionals (lawyers and consultants) who have given me the chance to learn from them.  Podcasting has been a great education for me.  I also appreciate the thousands of listeners who have downloaded Counsel to Counsel since I launched in early 2018.

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions!  Stay tuned for more to come!  Here is the list (follow the links or look for the Counsel to Counsel Podcast wherever you get your podcasts):

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Episode 49-Adapting to Change, Pivoting to In-house and DEI in the Legal Profession [on the C2C Podcast]

Bill Gavotch, General Counsel of Primark US, has also worked in-house at Staples and for three major firms in Boston.  In the latest interview on the Counsel to Counsel, Bill talks about how he has had to adapt to change throughout his career, what it was like to leave private practice, and how civic engagement has greatly enhanced his professional and personal life.

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Successes and Failures in Lateral Partner Movement [On the Counsel to Counsel Podcast]

Lateral partner movement is alive and well in the practice of law.  While partners and practice groups were changing firms with increasing frequency in the past decade, the pandemic has not really slowed down the process.

There are many reasons why law firm partners seek out greener pastures. In the latest episode of the Counsel to Counsel Podcast, my guest Susan Mendelsohn, talks about some of those reasons.  But what makes a lateral move a success?  Why do some partners make a lateral move and stay for years while others quickly discover that another lateral move may be in the offing.

Susan Mendelsohn has a lot to say on the subject.

Susan Mendelsohn has been recruiting in the legal space for over 20 years. While she is based in Chicago, she serves clients throughout the United States and not only does recruiting, but like me, Susan also spends a portion of her time on

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Crisis Management and a Legal Career in Education [podcast]

Jonathan Moll is my latest guest in the Counsel to Counsel Podcast. Jonathan spent over twenty years in private practice before becoming the first General Counsel at Babson College.  Babson had been Jonathan’s client almost from the day he started practicing law.  Jonathan talks about how he developed a specialty in representing education clients and a particular niche in crisis management.

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Professional Development in a Crisis [Podcast]

These are challenging times for all of us but there are still great ways to advance your career as a lawyer, even in a time of social distancing. You have to be proactive, take care of yourself, be realistic and accept that it is harder now to juggle work and family, etc. These and other great tips from my co-presenters on a podcast sponsored by the American Health Law Association .

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The Next Stage-A program for senior lawyers thinking about “What Comes Next”?

Eventually, every professional athlete faces the same challenges: when to retire and what to do next.  For the most part, an athlete’s career is limited.  Few players will be able to compete into their 40’s. Lawyers, on the other hand, do not face these constraints. They can practice full-time well into their 70’s or 80’s and even continue to actively participate in firm management.

As the pandemic has caused law firms and partners to rethink their priorities, the issue of what to do with senior partners has never been timelier.  For lawyers who are thinking about the next 10 to 15 years of their lives, they may be asking themselves the same question that King George poses in the musical Hamilton—What Comes Next?

To help lawyers considering these issues, Steve Seckler has put together The Next Stage, an innovative program which combines workshops and one-on-one coaching.  Through this series, participants explore the practical considerations in making a shift after a lengthy legal career.   To read more about the program, click here or contact Steve Seckler at stephen.seckler@counseltocounsel.com.  Steve is also available for one-on-one coaching to help senior attorneys who prefer to discuss these issues privately.

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How About Adding a Podcast to Your Legal Marketing Toolkit?

In the latest episode of Counsel to Counsel, I speak with Jared Correia, one of the pioneers in legal podcasting.  Jared was a huge mentor to me when I was launching the Counsel to Counsel podcast back in 2018 and I’m very pleased to welcome such a seasoned veteran.

As of 2019, over half the US population had listened to at least one podcast. In 2019 over 100 million people listened to at least one podcast every week. There are over 700,000 active podcasts and 29 million podcast episodes available.

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