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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

  • Why News About Associate Salaries at Am Law 100 Firms Are A Distraction
    News about pay increases for associates at Am Law 100 firms have been dominating headlines since the start of this year. While it sounds like an enticing factor for attorneys looking for new career opportunities, this so-called “salary war” may not be as consequential as many lawyers think.  A recent article that appeared in the American Bar Association Journal compares salaries amongst three New York-based firms: Milbank, Cravath, and Davis Polk.  Milbank started the trend back in January by offering an associate pay scale ranging from $215K to $385K. Cravath had led the market with a scale of $215K to […]
  • Attorney Survey Shows Increased Burnout
    Depression and compromised well-being are commonplace among lawyers. New data shows the situation is only getting worse. A 2021 Bloomberg Law report reveals burnout is becoming an increasing problem for both law firm attorneys and in-house counsel.  Bloomberg’s Attorney Workload and Hours Survey examined job satisfaction, workload, well-being, job status, and work culture every quarter of 2021. An analysis of the 614 in-house and law firm attorneys surveyed in last year’s fourth quarter shows that group feeling burnt out from the job 52 percent of the time.  That number marks the highest level in the survey’s two-year history and is […]
  • What to Make of Headlines About $500k Associate Bonuses Offered by Texas Law Firms
    Legal media has created eye-popping headlines about Texas law firms offering up to $500k signing bonuses for associates. Let’s unpack what is at work. Texas appears to be experiencing a once-in-a-generation shift in demand for certain practice areas, such as M&A and securities law. The influx of businesses moving to Texas has created a sudden surge in demand. Los Angeles law firms went through a similar scenario in the mid-1980s, when New York firms started to open up L.A. offices, driving up associate compensation at certain firms by 50% in a few months. Firms are now rushing to establish a […]

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