Managing your legal career
Lawyers routinely spend a lot of time planning complex matters or cases, but very few devote much time to intentionally planning their own careers. This is a big mistake.
Roy Ginsburg acts as your legal career counselor and helps you make the right choices throughout the course of your career - whether these choices involve re-energizing your current practice area, refocusing on a new practice area or a new environment, rebalancing your work/life/community obligations or strategically positioning yourself for retirement.
As a lawyer who has practiced more than 30 years in law-firm, solo and corporate legal department settings, Roy can provide the pragmatic, realistic advice you need to keep your edge and stay on top of your career.
Roy will help you consider four important issues:
Your reason for change (re-energizing, refocusing, rebalancing, planning ahead);
Your goal for change (assessment of aspirations and skills);
Your realistic choice (due diligence, networking and "sampling"); and
The costs of change (time, effort, money and emotion).
A junior partner felt discouraged about his ability to build a practice and succeed within a large firm environment -- and wondered whether an in-house counsel role might be a better fit. Roy has worked in both environments, and was able to provide this lawyer with useful insight into how each option - improving his private practice book of business or securing an in-house position - might meet his professional and personal needs. With Roy as his sounding board, the lawyer was able to make an informed choice.
A lawyer enjoyed the practice of law, but was at a firm that was not a good fit in terms of career advancement and personal satisfaction. Roy helped him understand his professional and personal priorities and develop the confidence to strike out on his own. Roy guided him through the process of leaving the firm and developing a roadmap for his own solo practice - which has been very successful.
An attorney who practiced employment law at a law firm weighed her options and wanted to move into a human resources position at a local company. Roy helped her understand the consequences of leaving private practice, so that she could make an informed decision - and then helped her make the change. Part of this process involved helping the lawyer create and rehearse a credible "story" to support her change in direction. Another part was a successful networking plan.
Roy's article on career choices:
For additional information, see sections on this website that specifically address:
"Networking Professionally and Ethically"
"Build Your Practice"
"Law Practice for Sale"
Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co.
"Business Case for Diversity"
"Client Service: Effective and Ethical"
"Networking Your Way to a Successful Career"