A corporate career or private practice? During my 18 years in the search business, this choice always seemed clear to me. Part of that is personal: I became a happy professional only after leaving “Big Law.” Mainly, though, my bias comes from literally thousands of conversations with attorneys. An overwhelming percentage of you want to get in-house or stay there.
Walking into last month’s 12th annual InsideCounsel SuperConference, however, I found myself wondering about whether the proverbial grass is truly greener. The “lifestyle” difference, always code for sheer number of working hours, has evaporated for 80 percent of in-house counsel. That percentage is an accurate, educated guess, by the way. It’s almost impossible now for inside counsel to avoid long days and a 24/7 availability mindset.