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.

  • Raising Your Profile Makes It Easier to Change Careers Within the Law
    Lori Mihalich-Levin’s career provides a great example of how attorneys can pursue other passions, even in a professional capacity, without leaving the practice of law. Currently a partner in Dentons’ health care practice, she is also the founder of Mindful Return, an organization which hosts groups for working parents in order to provide support and help them in navigating transitions back to the workplace after parental leave. Having authored a book on the subject and been featured in publications including The New York Times, Forbes, and The Washington Post, Lori has built a personal brand as a working mother dedicated […]
  • What This New Compensation Survey Means for Lateral Partners
    Responses to Law360’s survey on partner compensation revealed that 43% of the 584 attorneys included (all from firms with 25+ lawyers) had taken pay cuts directly resulting from COVID-19. With an average of 12 years at the partnership level, these respondents are describing circumstances that may lead to an unprecedented spike in lateral partner moves. This time of year historically is peak season for lawyers to change firms. Once partners have received their draws from the previous year’s performance, they generally want to move on as quickly as possible to give themselves the time necessary to generate solid origination and […]
  • What 2020’s Legal Employment Data Tells Us
    End-of-year figures showed legal employment returning to the numbers it saw at the start of 2019. While this means that 2019’s gains were essentially undone by pandemic losses, a 2.3% unemployment rate in this sector suggests the industry is doing well relative to the overall economy, which finished the year with unemployment at 6.7%. This data is not limited to attorneys; it includes all jobs within the legal services industry. This helps explain why, over the course of a year, women lost approximately 155,000 jobs (over 13%) to men’s 15,000 (1.65%). Although not discussed much at the time, when law […]

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