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.
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Relocating your talents as an attorney is an exciting time as you explore endless possibilities based on your personal goals and experience. With all the practice destinations out there, making the best relocation decision isn’t always easy when your career weighs in the balance. As one of the hottest legal climates in the entire country, Austin, Texas, should be included on any prospecting lawyer’s watch list. Here’s why you should consider the Austin legal market when making a career change in 2022 and beyond.
As a hiring manager, sifting through reams of candidate resumes and conducting countless interviews can seem like a full-time job when you’ve already got a full plate. Finding enough talented candidates with the skills and experience necessary – ones that will stick around for a while – is not only very time consuming, but can be like searching for a needle in the proverbial haystack and take the hiring manager away from other important aspects of his job. There is also a hidden cost for every attorney hire that goes unfilled, such as higher outside counsel fees or risks that are being taken by the business because no lawyer is reviewing the deal or the contract. Working with a legal recruiter is one way to lighten the hiring manager’s load so that they can focus on the other aspects of their job description. A legal recruiter will also lower the company’s indirect costs of having an attorney opening go unfilled by helping the company make a hire more quickly, more efficiently, and more effectively. Here are three signs that it might be the right decision for your company.
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.
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 (AWOX) to be admitted in Texas. This change can have a significant impact on lawyers considering relocation to Texas, especially major cities like Austin, Houston, and Dallas that have become hubs for litigation and landmark cases.
Can you waive in to the Texas Bar?
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 naturally one of the primary topics we discuss. Unless you are lucky enough to be employed by a Big AmLaw firm with a stair-step salary scale, it is essential that you do your homework and have all the facts before accepting an offer – or a counteroffer is made.