I’m Just Getting Started: Lateral Partner Moves After Sixty

Partners are opting to continue working well into their 60’s and beyond – act decisively and quickly. There will never be a better time to make the lateral partner move.

I’m Just Getting Started- Lateral Partner Moves After Sixty

Crazy right? Millennials outnumber Boomers 2-1. Why take the risk on a senior partner?

Senior partners sense they are being sidelined, for reasons unclear. There is a stigma that persists that after 60, you have very little currency in the workplace.

Not so. No reason why top attorneys should be forced to retire. In the Metro NY regions there is renewed interest in senior partners.

“As many partners approach sixty, they begin to consider retirement. Surprisingly, a good number have no strategic exit plan in place.

One thing is for sure, no one feels safe right now. The pandemic has given all of us pause to thing about our health and wellbeing. It is absolutely critical to put in place a plan that accounts for unexpected health problems or uncontrollable market events.

Partners should protect and monetize their book of business that they have worked so hard to build over the years.” Shari Davidson, President, On Balance Search Consultants.

Not all partners are equal, and most have nurtured powerful relationships over the years. The best candidates bring three critical assets to the table:

  • Their practice is portable and profitable and will contribute to the firm’s bottom line.
  • The candidate must a good fit. They must be able to transition and integrate seamlessly into the firm’s culture.
  • Prospects must provide a detailed long-range plan on how they be able to contribute to the firm’s growth strategies three-to-five years out.

To ensure candidates can bring business with them, law firms need to double down on due diligence. At the same time, the acquiring firm must provide a support team to give the new venture the best opportunity to succeed.

The pandemic has accelerated many succession plans and senior partners who would have never considered making the lateral move to another firm. The business world has embraced technology opening up new opportunities for those who find working remotely advantageous.

In the midst of the upheaval of pay cuts, and layoffs, some firms are seeing defections. As we come out of this COVID Crisis, firms should keep an open eye on taking on senior partners.

Now is the time to consider retirement, relocation or making the move to another firm. Remote work is now the new normal. Think about negotiating more flexible terms for a better work, life balance.

 

 

 

About On Balance Search

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

Navigating the COVID Chaos: Emerging Trends, Options and Opportunities

Navigating the COVID Chaos

Many of us are planning for 2021, and not knowing what the future holds during these uncertain times makes it difficult to assess how to proceed.

Partners have real concerns about their future. Many law firms are weathering the challenges associated with the pandemic offering cuts in compensation, furloughs and layoffs.

During this pandemic, the legal industry has embraced technology working straight through this crisis. Several new trends in the legal industry have emerged.

Succession plans, and retirement have all been accelerated as COVID as impacted every aspect of our lives. The demand for legal services will continue to grow.

Time is indeed precious. Making a move now, may be the best option. For others, it may be prudent to let the market even out and look to the next chapter in your career in 2021.

Question is, do you have the luxury of waiting this crisis out?

The following provides insights into emerging trends that will guide you to assess what options and opportunities lie in the coming months.

TRENDS

Law firms are focused on deepening trust with clients and staffing up specialized areas of the law. As a consequence of COVID, businesses have an increased need for counsel for labor and employment, bankruptcy, matrimonial, tax, and litigation. Another area that has seen an uptick in movement is health care.

Attorneys who specialize in these areas are well-positioned to negotiate better terms or secure a post with a new firm.

Moves by Practice Area, 2020 Legal TrendsAttorney Moves by Practice Area.001

 

Markets with Partners Making Lateral Moves

The number of moves by the market has declined during the pandemic. There are markets with the most movement per capita is notable. Texas, Florida, and California have experienced more activity compared to the other states. Overall, the movements are consistent over the past few years.

Industry experts project many attorneys are looking to make a move in 2021. The need for due diligence has never been more important. Experts predict that only half of the lawyers onboarded will be able to bring along their book of business.
Work with a legal recruiter who can advise you of the top candidates who can make it rain in this new normal.

Trends 2020, Moves by Market Intra City

Trends 2020, Moves by Market Percentage

Most Active Markets with Partners Making Lateral Moves

Notably, Philadelphia has seen a jump in lawyers relocating from other markets. Given the need for many firms to work remotely, relocations may continue to rise in many markets.

Insiders report that several AM law firms are considering having their attorneys share office space. The lawyer will alternate each week working in the office while the other works remotely. This will be a permanent arrangement to offset the fixed operating expense of running an office while giving lawyers more flexibility in their work, life balance.

Trends 2020 On Balance, Locations, Relocations

Trends 2020 On Balance, Locations Moved From

PREPARE

The coming months are certainly going to be volatile and uncertain. Be prepared. Talk with a legal advisor to map out your plans for 2021 and beyond. Those who will thrive in a chaotic environment must be able to act quickly. Be careful not to burn bridges. Transparency is necessary.

What has worked in the past may no longer make sense. Be open and consider being proactive, not reactive to the challenges ahead.

Several significant changes are occurring right now. Capitalize on these opportunities. Consider that staying put may be the best course of action. And for some, while making a move now may be your best option.

Make 2021 your best year yet.

 

 

 

About On Balance Search

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

 

Virtual Law Firms: More Control Over Your Work-Life Balance

The technology is not new, but the move to the virtual world is. Remote, virtual law offices have been around for some time, but during this COVID Crisis many lawyers have been working remotely and that trend may be the way forward for those who are looking for more flexibility for more work-life balance. 

Virtual Law Firms: More Control Over Your Work-Life Balance

Virtual Law Firms: More Control Over Your Work-Life Balance

 

The Pros and Cons of Practicing Virtual Law 

As it stands now, many law firms are staggering their workforce to limit in-house staff to half to a third for safe social distancing during the pandemic. A virtual firm doesn’t have to be completely online, some only go into the office for in person client meetings or when face to face interaction is necessary to get deals done.  

No one scenario works best for attorneys nor law firms, here are the pros and cons worth considering. 

PROs of a Virtual Law Office 

  • Lower monthly overhead by eliminating or moving to a smaller office space resulting increased profits.  
  • Flexibility with the hours you work to reduce stress and have more control over your time including eliminating commuting.   
  • Better work/life balance improving productivity, health and well-being.  
  • Eliminate geographic barriers to penetrate new markets while attracting a larger talent pool of attorneys.  
  • Eco-friendly and possibly paper-free by bundling technology services and outsourcing services such as payment processing, marketing, and legal research. 
  • Collaborate more freely with clients as well as deepen the connections with attorneys, paralegals, and other staff.  

“Many Attorneys I speak with are hesitant to go to a true virtual law firm.  While many of the CONs maybe be a concern, however there are several virtual law firms that have overcome these challenges.” – Shari Davidson, President, On Balance Search Consultants.  

CONs of a Virtual Law Office 

  • Working remotely may negatively impact traditional office-life and personal life, as the line between the two become blurred. Many find remote work ideal. The only real Con is you. 
  • There is no substitute for face-to-face interaction.  Many virtual law firms plan retreats to meet face to face as it is the best way to develop relationships nationally and internationally. That said, collaboration can be achieved in the virtual space. 
  • Join a virtual law firm that has the software platforms in place to mitigate the risk of compromising client’s privacy and data security 
  • Find a virtual law firm that invests in tech that foments collaboration with your legal team. 
  • Join a firm that has software programs that improve client communications by eliminating unnecessary emails while at the same time improving productivity. 
  • State regulations vary regarding attorneys being able to practice law in other jurisdictions. Find a virtual law firm that has resources in states where it can service your clients.  This way you can collaborate with other attorneys that are licensed in other states and still service your clients. You want to stay in control of all the legal matters, that way the firm and client view you as a trusted advisor and asset to the firm. 
  • Virtual firms tend to have a strong retention rate due to the flexibility of being to work remotely.   

Virtual law offices are luring talented attorneys, mostly working mothers, from big firms offering work-life balance and flexibility to work in the evenings and on weekends. Younger attorneys may want the flexibility that remote work affords.  

Senior partners may opt for a virtual firm giving them a way to monetize their book of business, while still being able to bring in new business working remotely part time.  

“Don’t just close your doors and leave all that money out there. Create a steady stream of retirement income from your book of business. Make sure you get paid at the end of the rainbow.” — Shari Davidson. 

There are top-rated virtual law firms that do everything remotely, including estate planning, business law, and real estate.  It’s all done online, from virtual video depositions and many other important services.  

Remote work will continue to evolve, and it isn’t going away any time soon. Virtual law firms can help you create the life you want to live.   

Deciding whether a virtual law office is right for you depends on if it aligns with your strategy, goals, and what you’re trying to accomplish. By working with a legal consultant, you can align your goals to the right firm. 

 

About On Balance Search Consultants
On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. 

Contact us today. Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com. 

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your unique circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law. 

 

Workplace Diversity In Law: Where Are We? Where Are We Headed?

Diversity in adversity.

Americans with disabilities represents about 20% of the population. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, much has changed.

Workplace Diversity In Law- Where Are We? Where Are We Headed?

Every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.

People with disabilities are by law, no longer denied access to jobs, schools or transportation. The COVID crisis has put millions of people out of work.

We’re all hurting right now.

After months into this pandemic, law firms are beginning to re-think the how business gets done. Although not ideal, many attorneys who can will continue to work from home. And that’s not likely to change any time soon.

No one wants to work in an environment that is unsafe.

“Every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth. The coronavirus pandemic has created a cultural paradigm shift that has fully embraced technology. I’m always looking for the good in a bad situation. There are real opportunities for candidates with disabilities that firms simply have not considered.” – Shari Davidson, President of On Balance Search Consultants.

We are social beings. Working remotely has its challenges. It’s just not the same, we’re less connected.

There is no substitute for face-to-face interactions. From the boardroom to the courtroom, we are all impacted by the spontaneous interactions created from our body language. We all feed off of the buzz from the energy created in the office. You may not see it, but you feel it.

That said, many tasks and routine functions can be done more efficiently, remotely. Flex-jobs offer part-time-schedules with the benefit of working remotely.

Working remotely removes many barriers and obstacles for those with disabilities. Law firms can tap the best applicants who need to tele-commute.

The remote work experience has real benefits for both the employees and employers. For starters it improves work-life balance, it improves the bottom line and for many results in higher levels of productivity and job satisfaction.

Firms are no longer focusing on time spent in the office, but rather outcomes. The guiding principals have not changed, it’s always been about results.

“When placing a candidate, On Balance looks for opportunities regardless of physical or societal obstacles. There are real benefits to sourcing work remotely. Firms experience increased productivity, with less absenteeism and higher employee retention. Less office space is needed, which is a big savings.” – Shari Davidson.

Final Thoughts
Now more than ever, firms need to empower their attorneys by creating a work environment that works for everyone. Communication is critical.


About On Balance Search Consultants

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com.

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your unique circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

 

 

COVID Crisis Law Jobs: Don’t Just Put Yourself Out There

Why did you put yourself on the market in the first place? Were you were passed over for a promotion or you just don’t fit in? Does the money change things? Will the issues of the past continue to be a problem?

Law Jobs

During this pandemic . . .
Don’t just put your toe in the water. Law school doesn’t prepare you for how to manage your career. They don’t teach you how to strategically position yourself in an ever-changing marketplace.

“Do your research. Dig into the company’s financial health to assess job security. Look at where its funding comes from, and make sure the projects you’ll be working on seem stable.  Don’t lose sight of the long-term. Remember your career goals. Will this help you get there? Is the opportunity likely to come up again in the months to come?”

— Rachel Feintzeig, Work Life Balance writer for the Wall Street Journal, Do You Dare Switch Jobs in the Coronavirus Economy.

Should I stay or should I go?

Layoffs were commonplace in the legal industry during the Great Recession. For now, large firms are opting to cut pay, reduce hours and furlough lawyers. Law firms specializing in family, housing and criminal law have been hardest hit due to local government offices being closed. Many firms are asking for more lateral associates and staff.

Counteroffers are up. 

Interviewing and getting offers is not the way to negotiate a better compensation package. It’s a career killer. What you don’t want to do is create an environment of mistrust. You don’t want to put your career in jeopardy.

Your reputation at the firm will never be the same.  There will always be a question of your loyalty. They simply will not trust you anymore.

Accepting a counteroffer is likely to damage your relationship with your current firm. Think about it, you just told your firm you are leaving and are now only staying because they threw some money at you.

“In my over twenty years as a legal recruiter, accepting the counteroffer results in being pushed out the door 85 to 90% of the time. The candidate is either let go for someone less expensive, or the promises made did not pan out. About 3- 6 months after the counteroffer is accepted, I get a call.”  – Shari Davidson, President of On Balance Search Consultants.

Shari Davidson – “On Balance Search focuses on Law Firm – M&A, Lateral Partner & Associates and Succession Planning. It’s all about monetizing your book of business and planning so you and your firm can be prepared for the future.”

Ready to start you search? Visit OnBalanceSearch.com to schedule a consultation.

 

 

About On Balance Search Consultants
On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.3400 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com.

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

Diversity & Inclusion: Law Firm’s Stand In A Post Pandemic World


As the world pivots from this coronavirus pandemic, the legal community will be challenged to determine to what extent a diverse workplace will define itself.

Diversity & Inclusion

Attracting and retaining diverse talent foments successful outcomes.

The disruption of the business world has created opportunity to reset the table. A new world of possibilities is possible.

Representation
Since the great recession of 2008, there has been a decline in the percentage of women and African Americans represented in law.  And yet, the number of women enrolled in law school surpassed men since 2016, American Bar Association (ABA).

Women attorneys represent about 23% of the firm’s partners and 45% of associates. There are twice as many men who represent corporations’ general council, 69% compared to 31% women.

Women and lawyers of color face the constant threat of being minimized. Representation of minority women continues to be under-represented in law. Latina and African American women account for about 2.45% and 2.55% of law firm associates and 0.77% and 0.68% of law firm partners, respectively (ABA).

African Americans are also poorly represented in law. The most recent data from a diversity survey (Minority Corporate Council (MCC) reports that blacks account for just 2.1% of the firm and less are equity partners. Consider that 13.4% of the U.S. population is black. These numbers have not changed over the last decade.

Retention
Law firms are making a commitment to diversity and inclusion and that will continue. Caucasian women are making consistent advances in the law partner ranks, increasing from 17% to 20%.

Insights from the (MCC) diversity report, indicate that departures of lawyers of color from law firms has escalated. This disturbing truth underscores the inherent problem with how firms are furthering diversity. Lawyers of color find themselves in a culture that does not make them feel equal among colleagues.

“My job is and has always been about matching each candidate’s unique skill set with a firm that mutually benefits all parties.” – Shari Davidson, President of On Balance Search Consultants.

Diversity & Inclusion
There is a growing recognition for the need for diversity, but we still have not figured out how to address it. The problem persists due to due practices that further diminish those from diverse backgrounds.

It’s common place for firms to assign a diverse lawyer to a trial team solely for optics. No one wants to be on the team unless they are making real contributions.

“Our society is guilty of seeing only what they want to see, blind to what they don’t see, or will not defend what is unseen. Recently, the New York Bar has required attorney’s continuing legal education to include credits in ethics, diversity, inclusion and the elimination of bias.” Shari Davidson.

Inside and outside of the firm, women and lawyers of color are all too often acknowledged as the last person during the introductions for a meeting. Subtly demeaning individuals based on color or gender or race in the workplace is unacceptable. It’s offensive and disgusting.

Diversity and inclusion must be intentional and focused.
Will the legal community seize this moment to advance inclusion of diverse talent? Law firms need to be thoughtful about bringing on rising talent that adds to the overall vision and values of the practice.

Clearly communicating the firm’s commitment to diversity must prove by example that the path to success within the firm is on an equal footing for persons of color and women.

Leadership
The importance of diversity and inclusion must be a priority at every level of the firm. Be known as a firm that champions diversity and compensates their talent equitably.

 

About On Balance Search Consultants
On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.3400 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com.

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

 

 

Ken Landau: Law You Should Know, Talks with Shari Davidson About Finding & Changing Jobs

Ken Landau is the host of the “Law You Should Know”. He talks with Shari Davidson, CPC, the President of On Balance Search Consultants, who offers advice on finding and changing jobs.

 

About Law You Should Know
Ken Landau’s show, “Law You Should Know” is broadcast by WHPC 90.3 FM from the Nassau Community College Radio Station.

Ken Landau is one of “Long Island’s Top Legal Eagles” (Personal Injury Law) designated by Long Island Pulse Magazine (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). He is a two-time recipient of President’s Award, Nassau County Bar Association. Past Dean, Nassau Academy of Law.

About On Balance Search
On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.3400 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com.

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

 

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter: This Is Not Business as Usual

This is not business as usual.

Now is the time to take a hard look at your circumstances and plan your way forward out of this pandemic.

The world-wide lockdown has triggered a financial crisis the likes of which never seen. Everything depends on how long the crisis lasts. The recession will be painful, but short-lived, giving way to a robust recovery.

During this crisis, social distancing necessitates and accelerates our adopting technology to get back to doing business.

During this crisis, social distancing necessitates and accelerates our adopting technology to get back to doing business.

“I lived through 911. We got right back to it and started to rebuild. It’s not going to be business as usual. New Yorkers get that, they are resilient, innovative and smart.” — Shari Davidson, President of On Balance Search.

During this crisis, social distancing necessitates and accelerates our adopting technology, to get us back to doing business.

Telecommuting
Teleconferencing is now the new way to get things done. That’s not going to change. Congress and our Courts are going to rely on video for court appearances, closings, and other meetings.

“Tragic and scary as the Coronavirus is, like most Black Swan events, it revealed weaknesses and opportunities.  We will continue to feel the pain of the weaknesses for some time to come.

One of the great opportunities to arise is the recognition and forced implementation of virtual meetings; this is a game-changer in a million ways! Adapting to how to best use it as a tool is going to determine the success or failure of many companies.” — Joe Chatham, Managing Partner and Founder of USA 500 Clubs, LLC.

What We Do Know
We have a good idea of what areas of law are going to be in high demand. The downturn will necessitate a need for bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers, divorce attorneys, there will be liability class action lawsuits and price gauging cases. And as we emerge from this crippled global economy there will be illegal discrimination cases for lay-offs and litigation to get out of commercial contracts and real estate lease agreements.

Some industries have not been as hard hit as others. Notably, Government related positions are on the uptick as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take Advantage of Downtime

  • Refine your soft skills (communication styles, marketing plan etc.).
  • Clean up your social media pages.
  • Keep networking during this time of social distancing.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile.
  • Ask for recommendations.
  • Join relevant groups (check out USA 500 Clubs).
  • Reach out to new and existing contacts.
  • Comment on people’s posts.

Work With A Legal Recruiter
Even if you haven’t been laid off or furloughed your firm may be cutting back.

That raise or promotion you were in line for is most likely not happening.

Look for a legal recruiter who is known for their integrity. Sit down with a trusted advisor who has a track record of success. When this thing starts to normalize, you’ll be well poised to get back on track.

“This is a good time to get your ducks in order. Updating your CV, getting writing samples ready, updating marketing plans etc.  Create a strategic plan that is ready to execute when the time is right.” — Shari Davidson.

Your ability to rise up during this crisis will make or break your career. Research what firms and areas of the law are well suited for your unique skill set.

Work with a recruiter to help you strategize and navigate the next step in your career. You going to need to create a compelling story about your successes and the number of clients you have brought in house and the billable hours you have earned. Your legal recruiter will help you pull it all together.

During this time of uncertainty know that this is not going to be easy, there are jobs out there. Stay strong, be patient, persistent and persevere.

 

About On Balance Search
On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.3400 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com.

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

 

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter: Come Out Of The COVID-19 Crisis With New Opportunities

Our lives have been turned inside out by this deadly coronavirus. Losing your head in a crisis is a good way to become the crisis.

Come Out Of The COVID-19 Crisis With New Opportunities

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter is an ongoing series of articles to advise experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Don’t let COVID-19 derail your career goals. There’s always an opportunity with crisis.

“It’s crazy out there right now and the near future looks pretty scary. Let’s take this time to come out of this crisis with new opportunities and options for your career. Put yourself in a position to take advantage of this situation as we kick start this new wild ride into the next decade.” — Shari Davidson, President On Balance Search Consultants.

Sometimes we all need a crisis in our lives to kickstart our goals in life:

Anticipate. Think ahead. What obstacles do you foresee in the near future?

Relationships. Relationships change over time, consider severing ties or at least distancing yourself from those who aren’t making a positive difference in your career.

What is your emotional investment? Is the work you are doing challenging? Are you content or complacent? Are you happy? Don’t become disengaged and disillusioned.

Take Action. Find a legal recruiter who has a track record of success but more importantly has a solid reputation for integrity.

  • Assess your firm’s workplace culture, policies, practices, benefits, etc.
  • Are your career needs and wants defined according to your goals?
  • Evaluate your worth at the firm and assess if the best options are putting your skills out there to secure a better position at a new law firm.

This is a crippling time of uncertainty. Fear and paranoia are pervasive right now. Change your mindset, don’t view this crisis as a paralyzing event. Spend this time wisely and focus on where you can move into a new opportunity that is perfect for you.

 

About On Balance Search

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

Contact us today. Call 516.731.3400 or visit our website at https://www.onbalancesearch.com

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader. Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter: New Trends Create New Demands For Legal Services

New Trends Create New Demands For Legal Services

One thing for sure is that the demand for legal services will continue to grow. Several new trends in the legal industry have emerged. Are you ready for these changes?

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter: New Trends Create New Demands For Legal Services

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter: New Trends Create New Demands For Legal Services

A number of important changes are occurring in the legal marketplace today. Those who can adapt and capitalize on these opportunities will continue to profit into the new decade. How will these trends impact the way you practice law?

Mergers and Acquisitions
Business law remains driven by many factors. One such factor companies are engaged in is mergers and acquisitions. This area of law will continue to experience continued growth for the foreseeable future.

Social Networking
Social networking is shaping how law firms recruit attorneys as well as support their cases and interact with clients. Social channels such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are helping lawyers: brand, advertise, and further career goals.

Gone are the days of attending endless events every week. Now let’s be clear, nothing beats nor will ever replace face-to-face networking. Social media extends your message to your prime prospects, amplifies what the firm specializes in, making the process of business development more efficient and effective. Learn how to leverage social media.

Bitcoin
No one knows for sure if the recent wave of initial coin offerings (ICOs) of Bitcoin cryptocurrency is just a flash in the pan or the new way forward. But what we do know is that the Security Exchange Commission (SEC) is an increasing number of cryptocurrency-related securities lawsuits are being filed.

Cybersecurity: Compliance, Privacy and Security
As data breaches continue to proliferate, state legislatures across the country have strengthened their existing privacy statutes with an increased focus on consumer protection.

Breaches are the new normal, consequently there will be more data breach class action lawsuits. This will also result in legal counsel to best advise clients in this area of compliance, privacy and data security.

Cannabis: New Rules, Risks and Opportunities
The state-by-state legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use has created a complicated legal landscape. And with it, new demands for legal counsel to advise cannabis clients and ancillary businesses that are impacted by the cannabis industry.

Changing state laws, risks and uncertainty regarding cannabis will continue. The long-term need for expert legal counsel is certain.

Trusts & Estates: New Rules Affecting Health Care
New Medicare rules will impact preventative care. As a result, some families will drop insurance making healthcare more expensive for everyone. The cost of healthcare shapes how families plan trusts and estates. This further complicates and creates the need for expert legal counsel to best plan for the future.

How will these new areas of law affect your practice? Where do you see opportunity? What are your concerns?


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