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I used to practice corporate law and as such, I saw many friends, classmates, and colleagues who also practiced transactional law go in-house. A good number of these folks tell me that going in-house was the best move they made. A few, though, have reached out to me for assistance in returning to practice at a firm. It's often very surprising - and frustrating - for these attorneys to understand that once you've gone in-house, it is difficult to break back into law firm practice. The truth is, leaving a firm to go work inside the (often smaller) legal department of a company disrupts the growth model law firms have set out for their attorneys, and that their clients have come to rely upon. READ MORE >
I am currently a 7th year attorney practicing with a law firm that I moved to laterally about fifteen months ago. Shortly after I made my move, a former client approached me and attempted to recruit me to come in-house. I declined at the time because I had made a commitment to my new employer and had not given consideration to the possibility of moving in-house. Recently, the same client has again asked me to join their in-house legal team and made me an attractive offer. Given the current instability in law firms and the low odds that many partners will be made in the next few years, I am seriously contemplating it. Would this be a good move at this point? READ MORE >
A large percentage of the people who contact us for recruitment assistance are currently working in-house and are looking to return to the law firm sector or break into it for the first time. What most of these candidates don’t realize is that it is generally much more difficult to transition from an in-house position to a law firm position than it is to lateral from one law firm to another. READ MORE >
Are you overworked? Tired of stressing about your billable requirements? Dissatisfied with the level of responsibility you are given or the quality of your deals? Miss having a life outside of the law firm? Not confident in the ability to make partner at your law firm? Been daydreaming lately about finding the perfect in-house position? READ MORE >
When a company hires its first in-house attorney, an array of business practices are subjected to legal review for the first time. This can have the short-term (and even long-term) effect of increasing the legal expenses of a business. This is particularly true if the first hire is a general counsel rather than a staff attorney. So if legal expenses may actually climb, how should a company decide to add to its overhead? READ MORE >
Several years ago, I was brokering salary negotiations for an in-house position. The general counsel was excited about the candidate, the candidate was very interested in the company and there was good chemistry between the two. READ MORE >
(The following is based on an actual letter. Some of the facts have been changed, however, to preserve the identity of the original author.) READ MORE >
On Friday Sept. 22nd, Linda Kline, of New England Legal Search, and Bob Licht, Vice President and General Counsel of Homeruns.com, launched the 2000/2001 Sandwich Hub series with a terrific overview of the pros and cons of in-house legal careers. Linda Kline began her discussion by articulating the reasons why lawyers at large firms are finding in-house jobs so appealing. READ MORE >
Bob Wade, a healthcare partner at Baker & Daniels in Indiana, discusses with BCG his move from an in-house position back to private practice. READ MORE >
QuestionI would like to transition back to law firm life after working in house for the last six years - what kind of hurdles should I expect? READ MORE >
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