Career Coaching for Lawyers
Since 2004, Successful Career Strategies has helped lawyers make career transitions. We are practicing and former lawyers and are experienced in collaborating with law firm attorneys ranging from solos to Am Law 100 partners, as well as in-house counsel, non-profit lawyers, and government lawyers. Contact us if you want to identify a new a career path or land a new job in or outside the law.
Through one-on-one coaching, we guide lawyers to change law firms, switch practice areas, and move to in-house positions, government roles, and a range of opportunities outside of the law, including at non-profits, with legal tech companies, and in academia. We have also helped attorneys start their own businesses.
We assist law firm attorneys seeking to lateral to equity and non-equity partner positions. We usually work behind the scenes at every stage of the hiring process, advising clients on how to complete Lateral Partner Questionnaires, prepare for interviews, negotiate compensation, and integrate smoothly to new firms.
Law firms often retain us to help find new jobs for associates, of counsel, or partners who are leaving. This service is usually provided in conjunction with a separation or severance agreement between the firm and the exiting attorney. Working with us allows the firm to maintain confidentiality as we help that lawyer move forward.
- Should Law Firms Reduce Their Weekly Hours?Attorney Jonathan Wolf, writing for Above the Law, recounts a nonprofit board’s decision to reduce employees’ hours to 33.75 per week without any drop in salary or benefits. Last year, the board saw a small increase in productivity, but members were still hesitant to make the change permanent, opting instead to extend the policy for a few months. Citing positive results from similar trials like that done by Microsoft Japan in the summer of 2019, Wolf argues that a shorter workweek could be a meaningful benefit for legal nonprofits to offer as a way to offset lower pay. When similarly […]
- Lawyers Should Consider Jobs in Academic ManagementThe ABA Journal wrote last month about the rise of former lawyers amongst the ranks of university presidents. Noting increasing regulations on colleges and the frequent crises facing these institutions, the article describes via several examples why professionals with legal backgrounds are particularly appealing to the boards that hire school presidents. Having experience in resolving disputes, along with expertise in legal obligations and liabilities, lawyers are well suited to these kinds of leadership roles. The problem is there are very few openings for college presidencies. But beyond the few dozen president gigs that might become available in a given year, […]
- More Attorneys With Mid-Sized Books of Business Eyeing ExitsAfter a year of low replenishment for partners and senior counsel, we will soon begin to see how much lateral movement may be ahead for lawyers with books of business in the range of their annual compensation. Attorneys who bring in revenues in excess of $1 million will continue to be in high demand by recruiters, but it’s less clear what will happen to lawyers with books of business in the range of $300k to $500k. At these levels, recruiters are less likely to be involved, so these lawyers tend to get what they can negotiate. Historically, boutiques and mid-sized […]
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