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.
Individualized Career Coaching
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.
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.
- Bechtel Partners With Legal Innovators to Pay Less for Junior AttorneysEngineering/construction behemoth Bechtel will be adding junior lawyers to its team via alternative legal services provider (ALSP) Legal Innovators. The press release announcing the deal highlighted Legal Innovators’ focus on creating opportunities for attorneys from diverse backgrounds and demographics. Beneath that emphasis, however, is a statement from the ALSP’s CEO that Legal Innovators typically saves firms 30-40% in costs for junior lawyers. This is an understandable reaction by Bechtel to what it sees as the “unsustainable costs [of] training and integrating” junior associates in-house. Diversity may grab the headlines, but the real news is that this is about cost cutting. […]
- Paint Supplier Benjamin Moore Cuts Its In-House Legal TeamEven in-house roles are not immune to elimination, as paint supply company Benjamin Moore showed in November when it got rid of its entire legal department. Unlikely to become a pattern, outsourcing to employment law firm Littler Mendelson may work for the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, but most in-house departments cover a range of issues from regulatory compliance to various types of litigation. When that’s the case, it’s not so easy to cut costs via an outside firm. It would be unsurprising if, a few years down the road, we were to see Benjamin Moore rebuilding its own legal department to […]
- Career Transition Lessons for the New YearAlex Pareene, writing for The New Republic, has published a rare takedown in a national publication of a specific large law firm partner. The subject of the article’s criticism is Neal Katyal, who served as Acting Solicitor General under the Obama administration. On December 1, Kaytal, now a partner at Hogan Lovells, appeared in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Cargill and Nestle. Kaytal argued that the Alien Tort Act should be interpreted to shield his clients from being sued for allegedly aiding and abetting child slavery. The plaintiffs in the case, according to the SCOTUSblog summary, are “six […]
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