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Do You Have Portable Business? There’s an Opportunity for You on Craigslist

Craigslist small.jpgI don’t think there are a lot of people who have been working in Biglaw for only four years and are sitting on a portable book of business. But, if you are, this Craigslist posting may be for you:

ATTORNEYS WITH BOOK OF BUSINESS ONLY! NYC (Midtown)

I am starting my own law firm, and will be soon opening my law firm based in downtown NY, I am currently the head of a corporate group at a large fim and I seek entrepreneurial attorneys (attorneys ONLY) to join as either potential partners or for Of Counsel positions to help establish presence in New York, and other major markets. Only attorneys already admitted in NY may apply.

The law firm is seeking lawyers with experience in a range of different practice areas, principally in Securities, Capital Markets, FINRA Arbitration and Securities litigation, also including, but not limited to, general corporate, real estate, tax, energy, tort , intellectual property (including patent, trademark, copyright and technology licensing), white collar criminal defense, litigation, commercial litigation, international and/or labor & employment law.

Successful candidates will have self-sustaining practices as well as a strong desire to work in a collegial, collaborative, flexible and entrepreneurial environment law firm or become part of building their own firm as Of Counsels or join our starting firm benefiting from large marketing, the ability to show prospective clients that they are with a large firm rather than sole practitioneers and cross refer business clients and retain their relations with their clients and increase their portofolio.

Don’t you usually look for a professional headhunter to fill a position like this? I just can’t imagine a person with a self-sustaining practice looking to lateral over Craigslist.
Then again, check out the minimum qualifications. The candidate this firm is looking for might not exist.


Looking at the minimum qualifications the firm wants, this seems to be an exercise in wishful thinking:

Your Requirements: If you do not qualify under those criteria DO NOT RESPOND.
* 4+ years experience of practicing law
* 2+ years experience at a large law firm or in-house counsel at a Fortune 1000 company
* JD from a top 50 law school
* Current portable business of at least $150, 000, or strong potential to quickly generate at least that amount.
* Entrepreneurial nature and strong business/client development skills
* Desire to work in a collaborative/collegial law firm environment

If you are four years out of law school, have spent at least two of those years in Biglaw or in-house at a major company, and are sitting on $150,000 of business that will follow you to Manhattan — you are a winner. You are a winner and you know it, and I can’t imagine a universe where you are scouring Craigslist for a job.
If, on the other hand, you are like 99 percent of the people who are looking for a job on Craigslist, isn’t this advertisement a little bit insulting? It’s a little bit like walking into a McDonald’s and demanding a porterhouse.
In any event, I’d love to get a look at the résumés — if any — that this ad generates.
ATTORNEYS WITH BOOK OF BUSINESS ONLY! [Craigslist]
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