The recent salary survey conducted by Major, Lindsey & Africa and ALM Legal Intelligence of compensation paid to 2100 large law firm partners has been summarized by publications such as the New York Times and The American Lawyer.
We were recently asked to make a presentation to managing partners of small law firms in Texas on best hiring practices. In preparation for this seminar talk, we were reminded of the importance of RETAINING existing talent.
Hiring is just the start of building a team, once someone is found and trained, the law firm or legal department needs to know how to KEEP them! The costs of turnover are mostly hidden, but affect the bottom line of small law firms significantly.
Interview preparation is critical to any attorney or paralegal who is seeking a new position.
In addition to reviewing the employer’s website and any recent press releases about the company, lawyers should be prepared for a wide range of subjective questions that are geared towards learning about your personal style, your experience, and whether you would be a cultural fit on the legal team for which you’re interviewing.
Last week, we highlighted the positions we are working on in Austin. This week, we highlight our new Dallas openings.
The following law firms are both local or regional firms based in Dallas. As such, their associates have a better shot at making partner than at the mega-firms. Each of these firms has a storied past and significant presence in the Dallas market, as well as a long roster of Dallas-based clients.
Momentum legal recruiters Jane Pollard, Mary Alice Naiser, and Jennifer Nelson spent a meaningful day last week spreading holiday cheer to LifeWork's youth and young adults.
Interested in tax law, family law, or litigation? There are jobs waiting for you in Dallas and Austin.
The 4th quarter is typically the slowest time of year for attorney and other new legal hires, but Momentum has seen demand for attorneys in Austin and Dallas continue to be steady (Not so much the case in Houston, where low oil prices continue to suppress new hiring for law jobs there).
Momentum is currently seeking attorneys for the following positions:
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or pass on these openings to anyone you know who might be interested!
Competition in and among private law firms has never been greater, and the pressure on lawyers at all levels to develop new business is intense. Many law firms compete for the same business clients and being a talented lawyer with excellent legal skills is no longer enough. Today’s lawyers must have the ability to attract, retain and expand relationships with their clients, which is often easier said than done. Very few graduate from law school with business development training. Frequently, the pressure to bill sufficient hours during associates’ early years leaves little time and energy for client development efforts, especially when you’re not sure where or how to start.
In our work as legal recruiters, we talk to candidates every day about job opportunities and what they seek in a new position. Many times we actively solicit attorneys with niche practice areas for specific client needs and there are some firms we call first – because we know that job satisfaction at certain firms is low and highly qualified associates are eager for a new opportunity. But there are some firms where the job satisfaction is so high that associates rarely want to leave and won’t even consider a new opportunity, no matter how great it is.