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Counsel to Counsel is a periodic podcast produced by Stephen Seckler of Seckler Legal Recruiting and Coaching (www.counseltocounsel.com). It 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 indivi ...
 
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There are many efforts underway around the country to help lawyers address stress in the practice of law. Several years ago, the Report of the Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being was issued by the American Bar Association, Conference of Chief Judges, and other legal organizations. It called well-being an essential element of a lawyer’s duty of competen…
 
There are many paths to success in a law firm. I’ve emphasized on this podcast that growing your practice is a good place to start. Having your own clients gives you a sense of ownership that is hard to achieve when you are just servicing firm clients. If you have your own book of business, there is more opportunity to focus on the work you enjoy a…
 
There are many ways to build a law practice. Legal marketing is not a one size fits all. Lawyers have different personalities and interests. Different practice areas lend themselves to different marketing techniques. Beyond this, there can be some gender differences in the way men and women approach marketing. In this episode, I speak with Lana Man…
 
Aging baby boomers now fill the senior ranks of many law firms across the United States. Because of this, hundreds of partnerships will be facing succession planning issues in the next decade. How can firms make successful transitions and ensure the long-term viability of their practices? How will senior partners transition their clients to younger…
 
For many lawyers, going in-house continues to be an attractive career option. But the lawyers I speak to have a lot of questions about making a transition to in-house. They ask me about the timing, how to find good in-house jobs, how practicing in a corporate law department differs from private practice and how in-house jobs differ from each other.…
 
On Counsel to Counsel, I speak with attorneys and consultants who share their advice about advancing your legal career. We discuss practical issues to help you build the career that you want. In recent episodes we have talked about how to build relationships in a virtual environment, how to leverage the LinkedIn platform, how to go in house, how to…
 
Being a great communicator is essential to your success as a lawyer. Whether you are counseling a client, managing paralegals or associates, giving a presentation, or just trying to cultivate relationships that might lead to business, effective communication is everything to your success. If you are like me, in law school, you learned to think like…
 
LinkedIn is a critical marketing tool for lawyers. This has been underscored this year as the world of in-person networking has remained largely shut down. But as the world opens up and we find ourselves at conferences, networking functions, meeting for lunch or coffee, LinkedIn will continue to be an important tool in the marketing tool bag. In th…
 
This past year has been one of great reflection for many attorneys. The lawyers I speak to are thinking more about what they want from their careers and how they can find meaning in their professionals and personal lives. One group I'm particularly enjoying working with are senior lawyers who have 30 or more years of experience in practice. The pan…
 
As we’ve discussed several times on this show, there are 100s of law firms throughout the country that are facing succession planning issues. Baby boomers are aging quickly and firms that want to be in business in 10 years need to have a plan that makes room for the next generation. How can firms make a successful transition and ensure the long-ter…
 
In this episode, we return to a coaching session with Beth Masterman. If you haven’t heard Part I, you should go back and listen to that first. In today’s episode, several months have now past and Beth and I are continuing to explore my next career move. To recap, Steve, is a 9th year real estate associate at Smith Johnson, an AmLaw 100 firm. Steve…
 
Counsel to Counsel is now in it’s third year and with this episode, we decided to try something a little different. Many people ask me to explain what coaching is. While I’ve written about the subject and had on today’s guest in an earlier episode to talk about coaching, I thought that doing a mock coaching session would be a great way to demonstra…
 
With aging baby boomer in their senior ranks, 100s of law firms throughout the country are facing succession planning issues. How can the firm make a successful transition and ensure the long-term viability of their practice? How will the younger partners step into the role of managing client relationships so the clients are well served in the futu…
 
Paul Morton has a lot to say about the term “non-billable hours”. Paul is the COO of the law firm Burns and Levinson in Boston. He has been a figure in law firm administration for well over 30 years and he has seen a lot of changes during that time including increased billing pressure on lawyers. But according to Paul, billable hours should not tak…
 
In many ways, practicing law and being an entrepreneur are completely opposite activities. Entrepreneurs are all about possibilities: What might be? What problems can we solve? Where are the gaps in the marketplace? Lawyers, on the other hand, spend their days identifying risks, thinking about what can go wrong, and managing those risks. There are …
 
If you are an attorney, what does it mean to be a professional? What is the borderline between zealous advocacy and uncivil and obstructionist behavior? My guest in this episode, Don Frederico, has a lot to say about that subject. Don is a lawyer I met over 30 years ago when I began my own legal career at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. A…
 
On this podcast, we talk a lot about relationship building. Doing great work should always be your number one priority as a lawyer. But successful careers are not built on merit alone. The people in your network are critical. Whether you are thinking about an in-house move or growing your law practice, relationships matter….a lot. In this episode, …
 
The New Year is finally here and without getting into it, let’s just say that many of us are happy to welcome 2021. A new year brings hope, a chance for a new beginning, and if you are in private practice, a great opportunity to ramp up your marketing and business development. So today, that is what we will be focusing on: how to grow your practice…
 
For the last 10 months, most interviewing has gone on-line. Zoom interviews are the norm right now and new hires are even being on-boarded virtually. While the world will eventually shift back to in-person interviews, Zoom, WebEx and other virtual platforms are likely to continue to play a significant role in the hiring process. The convenience of …
 
Many lawyers choose public service early in their careers. In a public agency, attorneys may find that they are getting more responsibility than they might get at the same stage in private practice. Assistant district attorneys, for example, find themselves trying cases almost from day one. Lawyers working for agencies that regulate industry may be…
 
Many lawyers who start out in private practice don’t expect to stay in a law firm setting. Sometimes the move in-house is planned. At other times, moving in-house becomes a more realistic option when partnership doesn’t seem likely. And after moving in-house, things can also change quickly. My guest in this episode, Bill Gabovitch, has a lot to say…
 
Lateral partner movement is alive and well in the practice of law. While partners and practice groups were changing firms with increasing frequency in the past decade, the pandemic has not really slowed down the process. There are many reasons why law firm partners seek out greener pastures. In this episode, my guest Susan Mendelsohn, talks about s…
 
Many attorneys I speak with think about transitioning to an in-house role at some point in their career. For some lawyers, the path to in-house is planned and deliberate. But for many lawyers, in-house opportunities arise through serendipity. That is what happened to my guest in this episode. Jonathan Moll, had a long and successful career in priva…
 
In this episode of the Counsel to Counsel podcast, I am joined by a talented communications expert, Charlotte Dietz, Founder of Speak Well Partners. Charlotte is a communications and public speaking coach and business story strategist. She shares some great insights into how we can all do a better job communicating in a virtual environment. Since M…
 
In this episode I speak with Dave Dykeman, a Co-Managing Partner of the Boston office of Greenberg Traurig. Dave and I met almost 20 years ago, not long after he moved to Boston and since that time I’ve watched his career take off as he has successfully built an IP practice in the life sciences. Whenever I coach lawyers on marketing and business de…
 
In this episode, I speak with Steve Fretzin, a premier business coach, trainer, and speaker on business development. Steve focuses on the legal industry but comes with experience in other industries as well. Steve and I discuss the importance of networking in building a professional services practice, how you can get more out of your networking mee…
 
In this episode, I speak with Lisa Cukier, a partner at the law firm Burns and Levinson in Boston. Lisa practices in a number of related areas. We talk about how she has built what she calls a concierge practice. We also discuss what it has been like to serve on the executive committee of her firm, and how she has modified her own marketing and bus…
 
Law is a conservative profession. In law school we read the great appellate decisions and learned about the tremendous importance of precedent in our legal system. In truth, the law is always evolving and adapting to changing societal attitudes and new developments in business, the sciences and technology. New statutes and regulations are always be…
 
The need for pro bono legal services for the poor has never been greater. Prior to the pandemic, legal services agencies were only able to meet a portion of the need. For example, due to lack of funding, legal aid programs in Massachusetts were forced to turn away 57 percent of residents who sought help last year. With the coming recession and mill…
 
All professional athletes eventually face the same challenge: when to retire and what to do after retirement. For the most part, an athlete’s career is limited in time because of the physical demands of job. Lawyers on the other hand do not face these constraints. There are many lawyers who practice well into their 70’s or 80’s and some who never c…
 
For some associates, partnership is the ultimate career goal. But for many lawyers, a plum in-house job is the real brass ring. In this episode, I welcome Mark Levine who has won the brass ring several times in his career. Mark is General Counsel and Secretary at Flexion Therapeutics, a commercial stage biotech company. Mark and I speak about his p…
 
In this episode, I continue my Glass Ceiling Series with my guest Lauren Resnick, who is the Chief Practice Partner for the national law firm BakerHostetler. Lauren is someone who not only broke through the glass ceiling at an AmLaw 100 firm, but she did it as a part-time attorney. I speak with Lauren about her path from the public sector back into…
 
In this episode, I return to a conversation I started with Dr. Inna Khazan, a clinical psychologist on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. I spoke to Dr. Khazan back in February about the ways she uses mindfulness-based biofeedback to help lawyers and other professionals to achieve optimal performance in stressful situations. In our latest inter…
 
In this special episode, I provide you with 7 Career Management Tips for dealing with the current COVID crisis. I’d also like to make you the following offer: If you are feeling isolated or just want someone to help you reflect on your career or on your efforts to build a practice, I would like to offer you the chance to connect with me by Zoom. I’…
 
Electoral politics has always been a career option for attorneys. The halls of Congress and state houses across the country are filled with elected officials who have earned their law degrees. Legal training helps legislators understand how the bills they want to pass fit into a broader legal context. Having a JD gives you credibility to run for of…
 
In this episode, I speak with Jared Correia, one of the pioneers in legal podcasting. Jared was a huge mentor to me when I was launching the Counsel to Counsel podcast back in 2018 and I’m very pleased to welcome such a seasoned veteran. As of 2019, over half the US population had listened to at least one podcast. In 2019 over 100 million people li…
 
In this episode, I welcome Dr. Inna Khazan, a clinical psychologist who is a nationally recognized expert in mindfulness and biofeedback. Dr. Khazan talks about how she helps lawyers and other professionals in stressful jobs to achieve higher levels of performance through biofeedback and mindfulness meditation. Episode 33-Intro Law is a stressful b…
 
In this episode, I speak with Heidi Alexander, Deputy Director of the non-profit organization Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. Heidi helps manage LCLs operations and leads the organization’s law practice management program known as Mass LOMAP (the Law Office Management Assistance Program). Episode 32 Introduction In 2020, it has never been easier to …
 
In this episode, I speak with Hether Cahill. Hether is a partner at the Boston law firm Burns & Levinson where she handles probate litigation. Hether and I discuss the path to partnership for women and why she likes family conflict. Introduction The majority of law school graduates are now women. Despite this demographic change, the growth of women…
 
For over two decades, I have been reading articles in the popular and legal press about unhappy lawyers. The unpleasant issues and people that lawyers have to deal with, the lack of control over outcomes, the isolation and the long hours all add up to a population of professionals who are questioning their career choice or looking for an exit. Whil…
 
Thirty years ago, legal marketing was in its infancy and the focus in the practice of law was on doing great work for your clients. Provide high quality legal services and more would come (and so would referrals). In the 1980s, as marketing became more acceptable in the legal profession (both culturally and ethically), lawyers began to spend more t…
 
In this episode of Counsel to Counsel, I take a break from the ordinary discussion of legal careers to speak with my father-in-law William Gamson. In our interview, Bill talks about his career, his love of baseball and how he combined the two. Bill Gamson is a sociologist who is well known for his work involving social movements and media framing. …
 
I’ve been working with lawyers for over two decades to help them hone their networking skills. At the same time, I’m always looking for ways to improve my own effectiveness in business relationship building. And so I was intrigued when a number of lawyers mentioned to me that they had joined a great business networking group called Provisors. Group…
 
In this episode, I welcome Josh Rissmiller, a corporate partner at the Boston law firm Feinberg Hanson. Josh began his career at two large and very prominent firms in New York and in Boston. In this show, he talks about his transition, what it was like to leave a large firm and lessons he has learned along the way. Episode 27-Intro There are many a…
 
In this episode, I speak with Beth Masterman of Masterman Executive Coaching. Beth is a talented professional with degrees in law, psychology and certifications in coaching. I met Beth many years ago but reconnected with her more recently through Provisors, a terrific business networking group that she has been active in since 2012 (I just joined i…
 
Back in the early 1990s when I was at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, I worked with some great volunteers who were very generous with their time. These were leaders of the bar who were committed to training the next generation of lawyers. While there were many lawyers who were ready willing and able to share their advice, there were a few…
 
Law is a conservative business. Prior to the emergence of the internet, lawyers primarily worked for traditional law firms or in-house. There really weren’t any other models for the delivery of legal services. You either showed up every day at your firm job or at your corporate job. Starting in the late 1990s, new models of practice began to emerge…
 
Health law is a dynamic field that continues to offer law students and attorneys a growing number of traditional and nontraditional practice opportunities. In this episode, I am pleased to welcome Jennifer Huer, Managing Director of the Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University School of Law. Jennifer talks about the Center and th…
 
In this episode, I welcome former U.S. Senator William “Mo” Cowan. Mo currently serves as President, Global Government Affairs and Policy for General Electric. Mo talks about his journey from the practice of law to public service and into government affairs. Law School as a Path to Public Service and Government Relations Law school has always been …
 
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