Counsel to Counsel - Career Advice for Lawyers
About This Show
Counsel to Counsel is a monthly podcast that addresses important career and marketing issues facing attorneys. The target audience is associates, counsel and partners at law firms of all sizes; but the podcast also addresses issues that are relevant to in-house counsel, law students or any lawyer who is looking for career insights inside or outside of the law.
Counsel to Counsel is aimed at individual lawyers who are looking to increase their own career satisfaction. The podcast features interviews with leading consultants, career professionals and marketing experts who advise attorneys on careers, marketing, law firm management and related issues. The guests are also a roster of successful attorneys who have found career satisfaction inside and outside the law.
Counsel to Counsel is a direct outgrowth of the blog Counsel to Counsel which Stephen Seckler has been publishing since 2005.
Since graduating from law school in the late 1980s, Stephen Seckler has been recruiting top legal talent, advising lawyers on career and marketing issues and working with major law firms, life sciences and technology companies to recruit top talent. He began blogging when legal blogging was in its infancy and his blog Counsel to Counsel was named to the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 in 2007 and 2008 (the first two years that list was in existence).
Steve has written extensively on career and marketing issues and he has spoken at many law school, law firm and bar association events. He served on the Boston Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Work Life Balance and was Vice Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He is a part of the Law.Com Legal Blog Watch and over the years, he has been quoted frequently in the legal and business press.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
Episode 12-The Lateral Partner
Thirty years ago, lateral partner movement was far less common in the legal profession. But today, it is not unusual to read about partners moving several times during their careers. There are many factors which are fueling this trend. First and foremost, law is a much more competitive business than it once was. Firms looking to establish offices in new markets will often look to existing local talent to staff a new branch office. In addition, pressure on bill rates have made it difficult for certain practice areas to be profitable in a large firm. This has made smaller firms more attractive to lawyers with certain practice expertise. At the same time, law firms of all sizes have gotten more aggressive about trying to build their rosters of talent and clients. If you are a partner at a major law firm, the chances are you are being approached by recruiters or by colleagues from other firms. How should you evaluate these inquiries? What are good reasons to consider a move and what are some of the practical considerations? In this episode, I speak with Dan Binstock, a partner at the DC search firm, Garrison & Sisson. He has an extensive track record of placing partners/practice groups and associates. He has brokered some of the most significant lateral partner placements in the Washington, DC market. Currently, he serves at the President of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. Dan was named by LawDragon as one of the Top 100 Legal Consultants and Strategists in 2017. Prior to becoming a legal recruiter in 2004, Dan practiced intellectual property law with Finnegan Henderson, a national intellectual property boutique based in Washington, DC. Additional Resources The Attorney's Guide to Using (or Not Using) Legal Recruiters: Answers to Important Questions Most Attorneys Don't Know to Ask ... But Should (2015).- contact Dan Binstock to receive a free PDF of the book A Career Audit for Partners-Contact Stephen Seckler to received your free copyRead more »