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 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.
Shifting Your Litigation Practice to Mediation
Where is mediation today and what are the career opportunities for lawyers who want to shift their careers in that direction? In this episode, Amy Mariani answers that question.
For twenty years, Amy tried cases in the areas of employment, personal injury, and breach of contract. She began, mediating part time in 2014 and since 2016, she has done it full time. Amy Mariani is someone I would trust unequivocally if I were involved in a conflict.
Turning Business Conversations into Business
We have spoken a lot on Counsel to Counsel about the importance of building business relationships. But we have not spent much time discussing how to turn those relationships into actual paying work.
In this episode, Gary Johnson and I discuss a series of common hypothetical situations where there may be opportunities to generate business. Gary walks us through the process for identifying needs and doing so in a way that does not exert pressure
Managing and Advancing Your Law Firm Career
Amy M. Gardner is a certified career and career transitions coach and team development and leadership consultant with Apochromatik. She works with employers to reengage teams and help them thrive. She also works with lawyers one-on-one and in small group masterminds to advance in their roles or transition to a new one.
Amy is a former Big Law associate, partner at a mid-size Chicago firm, and dean of students at a top Law School. In this interview, she shares some great practical career advice.
Selling a Law Practice With the Law Practice Exchange
In this episode, Tom Lenfenstey discusses selling a law practice. Tom is a lawyer and CPA in North Carolina who runs the Law Practice Exchange where he helps senior lawyers get value from the enterprise that they have spent a lifetime building. Tom speaks and writes regularly on the subject and is author of Designing a Succession Plan for Your Law Practice.
The Humble Rising Lawyer, Arivee Vargas
There are a lot of unhappy lawyers in our profession. But when I started this podcast three years ago, it was my firm belief that there are many happy attorneys as well and we can all learn from them.
In this episode, I speak with Arivee Vargas, an attorney who really works at trying to find more fulfillment in her career. She is also someone who inspires others through her own coaching work. Arivee is host of The Humble Rising Podcast. Here is her story.
Doing Well and Being Well in the Law
As summer is coming to a close and the pandemic rages on, I thought this was a good time to revisit the subject of attorney well-being. And if you happen to be Jewish like me, this is generally a great time for self-reflection and thinking about the changes you want to make. So with the start of the New Year, Jewish or not, I was pleased to welcome a law professor who has thought a lot about the subject of attorney well-being. She offers strategies for maintaining focus and dealing with stress.