Momentum Search Partners is pleased to congratulate Kevin Trautner and Gravity Oilfield Services for his one-year anniversary as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and for Gravity’s recent hire of Zach Gaver as Commercial Counsel. A graduate of UVA Law School, Kevin has extensive experience providing legal services to the energy industry, both in private practice and in-house. Kevin was a partner at several prestigious AmLaw 100 firms in Houston, and has over 25 years of experience advising public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities filings, board matters, complex high-risk issues and corporate governance matters.
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When Monday morning rolls around, do you dread getting ready for work? Does the idea of going into the office fill you with feelings of stress or indifference? Do you feel undervalued for your contributions to the law firm or company you work for? Do you find yourself consistently complaining to coworkers or friends about your job frustrations?
As the state capital of Texas, Austin is a vibrant, culturally diverse city filled with endless opportunities for talented legal professionals seeking greener career pastures. As an Austin-based attorney, blazing a more rewarding career path takes the right mix of lawyer marketing and networking skills.
Like any other profession, Houston-based lawyers rely on networking. As one example of lawyer marketing, professional networks are all about building rapport and developing mutually beneficial relationships. The more you network, the easier it is to establish and differentiate yourself.
There are thousands of legal recruiters in the US and some are better than others. As a potential client, not knowing what to look for in a legal recruiter can be disastrous. Here’s a recent example of two candidates who mistakenly placed their trust in the same legal recruiting firm:
“My husband and I both submitted our resume to the agency to help in our job search. We submitted our resumes separately, of course and we both received an email back saying they do not have the resources to help us. Both of us have 15 years of experience, so I am not sure who they help.”
New rules have been announced for lawyers seeking Admission Without Examination (waive-in) to be admitted in Texas. Currently in order to be licensed in Texas without taking the Texas Bar Examination, you must demonstrate that you:
- Hold a J.D. from an ABA-approved U.S. law school
- Are licensed to practice law in another state
- Have been actively and substantially engaged in the lawful practice of law as your principal business or occupation for at least 5 of the 7 years immediately preceding your application
- Have never failed the Texas Bar Examination
While working with legal professionals looking for a new job, compensation is of course one of the primary things we discuss. Unless you’re a lawyer working for a big AmLaw firm with stair-step salaries, it’s important to do your homework and have all the facts before you accept an offer, or a counteroffer is made. Maybe they did “hit you with their best shot”, putting significant thought and consideration into your offer. If you’re working with a recruiter, they should be able to offer insight into their client about “wiggle room” in the budget, additional equity or that available corner office. But, before you accept or a potential insult is delivered and a counteroffer ill received, know the facts.
With unemployment at a record low, it’s more challenging than ever for law firms to find and hire lateral attorneys. In this red-hot Texas market, job seekers need to be enticed to leave their current jobs. We’ve found most of the on-point candidates are ones we’ve “headhunted”. Sometimes they are passively in the job market, keeping an eye on job boards or checking-in with us periodically to “test the waters”. Often, we are starting from scratch.
Job seekers, employees and recruiters can get in touch with people of the same or similar background and extend their professional network with an aim to get noticed. Whether it’s Twitter, LinkedIn, or another platform, each one gives an opportunity to interact and grow your network.
A huge new crop of students will be entering their first year of law school at schools across Texas in a couple of weeks. While job opportunities and career paths accessible to Texas lawyers are boundless, learning as much as you can early on about the diverse career paths will make a significant difference in your future. You need to dedicate the time, attention and commitment it deserves to educate yourself about the different areas of the law so that you may equip yourself with the knowledge necessary to make an informed choice as to your area of pursuit. Take advantage of mentoring programs offered at your law school, talk to your professors, especially the adjuncts, who have practical experience in the “real world,” and talk to as many recent law graduates and practicing attorneys as you can to learn about the career paths they have chosen, and why.