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Current Legal Hiring Trends

September 28, 2010

It has not happened as quickly as many attorneys would have liked.  However, legal hiring has picked up.  Firms have been seeking attorneys with substantial portable business in almost every practice area all through the recession.  Until recently, many attorneys with large books of business have been reluctant to make moves.  However, more recently, those attorneys have felt confident enough in the economy to pick up their clients and move to other law firms.  Many of these rainmakers have chosen to make the move from large firms to mid-size and even smaller boutique firms.  They have felt that they will be able to avoid the office politics attendant with mega firms and receive the marketing support and more reasonable billable hour rates to enable them to keep and cultivate clients.  Still another group of rainmakers have found other large firms to meet their needs for marketing support and cross marketing opportunities and allow them to still enjoy practicing law.

Now firms are getting busy enough to seek attorneys who are not fully self sustaining especially in regulatory areas such as healthcare regulatory and energy and oil and gas regulation.  Intellectual Property attorneys remain in demand, especially those with degrees in Biochemistry or Electrical Engineering and those with ANDA Litigation experience.

Labor and Employment attorneys  are being sought, especially those with management side restrictive covenant and wrongful termination litigation experience.

M & A is back and more firms are seeking corporate attorneys.  While it is true that deals are taking much longer to come to fruition than in the past, in part due to a tightening of the purse strings of lenders, firms still need attorneys to draft the documents and put those deals together.  Deals involving middle equity markets seem to be coming together the quickest.

Class Action litigation remains busy in many areas including securities, antitrust, and mass torts.  More Asbestos Litigation cases seem to be going to trial these days and experienced attorneys are needed to try them.

The good news is that positions have been slowly opening for stellar litigation associates.  However, many of these positions are for litigation associates with 2 to 4 years of large firm experience.  This is very bad news for the many stellar 6th and 7th year litigation associates who were laid off from large firms during the height of the recession.  A number of these talented attorneys are having trouble finding positions.

Corporations are increasing their hiring of in house attorneys, once again, especially in regulatory areas such as Healthcare Regulatory, FCC Regulatory, and Energy Regulatory as well as Intellectual Property.  These companies are finding that they are busy enough for it to make financial sense to have an extra attorney in house as opposed to paying more outside attorney fees.

Things look very hopeful for a much better 2011 for attorney hiring and the financials of law firms and corporations.  We wish all of the attorneys and paralegals reading this article  much success in their careers and practices.  We are available to help in any way that we can.

Susan Rubinovitz, Esq. is a former practicing litigation attorney and President of SMR Legal Search, a legal recruiting firm based in Philadelphia that focuses on placing attorneys and paralegals in permanent positions with law firms and corporations in the Northeast and Nationally.  SMR Legal Search provides complimentary resume writing assistance, business plan development and writing as well as interview skills training to the attorneys with whom they are actively working.  They also work with law firms and corporations on assessing and filling their hiring needs and helping to implement diversity and other hiring initiatives.

PHILADELPHIA LEGAL RECRUITER, SUSAN RUBINOVITZ, ESQ. OF SMR LEGAL SEARCH JUDGES LAWYERS ON THE FAST TRACK AWARDS

August 27, 2010

Philadelphia Legal Recruiter, Susan Rubinovitz.of SMR Legal Search was chosen to judge The Pennsylvania Lawyers On The Fast Track Awards sponsored by The Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer.  Susan is president of SMR Legal Search, a legal recruiting firm based in Philadelphia that places attorneys and paralegals at permanent positions with corporations and law firms in the Northeast.  SMR Legal Search focuses mostly on placing attorneys and paralegals in Philadelphia and all of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Prior to becoming a legal recruiter in Philadelphia, Susan Rubinovitz was a practicing litigation attorney for 18 years.

The Lawyers On The Fast Track Awards take place each year to honor those attorneys in Pennsylvania under age 40 who excelled in law practice, pro bono work, community service and service to the bar.  This year The Legal Intelligencer received 106 worthy nominees and this year’s Lawyers On The Fast Track Awards rated the nominees in the areas of advancing the law, community/pro bono service, service to the bar, and other awards won.  It was particularly tough this year to narrow the list down to just 30 winners with so many worthy nominees.

In addition to Susan Rubinovitz, Esq, the other distinguished judges were:

James DeAngelo of McNees Wallace & Nurick – President of the Dauphin County Bar Association and 2005 Fast Track honoree

Dean Roger J. Dennis of The Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law;

John Hanof The Department of Justice – Executive Committee member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania

Lorraine Koc, Esq. of Deb Shops Inc. – Vice President and General Counsel;

Amber Racine of Anapol Schwartz – Executive Board member, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia.

The 30 very deserving winners of the 2010 Lawyers On The Fast Track Awards were announced by The Legal Intelligencer on August 3, 2010.

The winners are:

Catherine T. Barbieri, Fox Rothschild
Liam Y. Braber, Jacoby Donner
Morgen Cheshire, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
Theodore F. Claypoole, Unruh Turner Burke & Frees
Michael P. Daly, Drinker Biddle & Reath
John V. Donnelly III, Cozen O’Connor
John Encarnacion, White & Williams
Leigh Ann Fiero, Blank Rome
Cassandra J. Georges, Above & Beyond Dispute Resolution
Kevin M. Greenberg, Flaster Greenberg
Deborah Hong, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young

Kathryn M. Kenyon, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti
Jason A. Leckerman, Ballard Spahr k
Emily T. Lewis, Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir
John Lucian, Blank Rome
Jeffrey J. Malak, Chariton Schwager & Malak
Inez M. Markovich, Deeb Petrakis Blum & Murphy
Steven D. Maslowski, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Mehrin Masud-Elias, Duane Morris
Jed D. Melnick, The Weinstein Group
Michael A. Morse, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti
Alka A. Patel, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti
Douglas K. Rosenblum, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti
Brad M. Rostolsky, Reed Smith
Nilam A. Sanghvi, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
Amanda J. Sundquist, Unruh Turner Burke & Frees
Joseph J. Tuso, Reed Smith
Lyle D. Washowich, Burns White & Hickton
Denise C. Werkley, Unruh Turner Burke & Frees
Su Ming Yeh, Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project

A dinner reception honoring Pennsylvania’s 2010 Lawyers On The Fast Track will take place on October 28, 2010 at The Union League in Philadelphia.