The Legal Life is Not for the Weak


Whether you’re fresh off the bar exam or hitting your stride after hanging a shingle a few years ago, one thing’s for certain: independent attorneys who start a solo or small-law practice live with a certain amount of stress.

Non-attorneys would think the stress comes from preparing for a big trial, deposing a hostile witness, or crafting the perfect contract for a picky client.

But that’s nothing compared to the constant, nagging, real-life kind, the kind you get from the day-to-day grind of being a law-abiding attorney.

Specifically, stress from:

  • Not answering client calls because you don’t have time right now to research their case and give them updates.
  • Failing to back up your hard drive that has everything (literally everything) on it, just after you see the “blue screen of death.”
  • Uncertainty over whether or not your new client is really, for sure, unconnected to any of your other clients.
  • The potential that your court date was moved and you forgot to record it.
  • Lagging on invoicing clients because you’re not 100% sure you’ve logged their billables properly.

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  • Easier invoicing
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  • 25 Jun 2014 at 12:00 AM
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We have several openings for experienced corporate associates in Chicago ranging from highly-regarded Am Law 100 law firms to prestigious commercial law boutiques.

• Class years 2008 – 2013
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Ed. note: The Asia Chronicles column is authored by Kinney Recruiting. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates, counsels and partners in Asia than any other recruiting firm in each of the past seven years. You can reach them by email:

The head of our Asia recruiting, Evan Jowers will be in Seoul all next week and available for meetings. Evan was in Hong Kong all last week and was unable to meet with everyone who reached out, due to a completely booked schedule. Apologies for that. He is in Hong Kong monthly and Robert Kinney and Yuliya Vinokurova are often in Hong Kong as well, so feel free to reach out to us at to schedule a Hong Kong meeting for later this month or next month, or just a phone call if you prefer.

Kinney has had the privilege of representing and placing a number of Korean background US associates and counsels and one partner in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore over the years. We are now getting more involved in the expanding Seoul market. We are helping two of our law firm clients open up offices in Korea at present and that will be taking up some of Evan’s time, but he will have time also to meet with US, UK and Australia trained associates at international firms and Korean firms who would like to meet Evan or re-establish a connection with him. By all means any of the attorneys in Korea who we have worked with and placed in the past should also feel free to reach out to Evan as well at Having any reason to look for a move in the foreseeable future is never a pre-requisite to setting up a meeting with any of our Kinney Asia team. Most of the folks we meet and establish relations with over the years in Asia are not interested in considering a move at our first meeting (or the next several meetings). We always enjoy a good discussion on the market and an individual’s career plans. Ultimately, over 50% of those attorneys we place in Asia have had such discussions with us for 2 or more years prior. Some of our closest relationships in Asia we may never place because they are doing so well at their firm for years and have no reason to move, and that’s fine by us.

We do have a limited amount of Korean background US associate openings in Seoul in project finance, asset finance, M&A and cap markets. It is not a very hot market for lateral hiring at present, but things are picking up when compared to the past two years. We think that the lateral hiring market in Korea will be stronger in ’15 and ’16, conditioned upon market conditions of course, as the dust settles on all these new offices having opened in Korea recently. Most of the US firms in Korea are small offices of perhaps one partner and one associate and will stay small, as they are there to connect their firm’s litigation or other practices back in the US with important potential or actual large Korean clients. The smartphone wars have become extremely lucrative for some US firm’s litigation practices. There are other firms though, some that were among the first US or UK firms to open in Korea, and some which more recently opened or are still working out plans to open, that are true Korean corporate, cap markets, project finance and / or finance practices. In the coming years these larger Korea transactional practice groups (and now or soon to be Seoul offices) will hire from time to time, just as some of the well established Korea practices hired in Hong Kong over the years (before they moved to Seoul).

As always, feel free to reach out to Kinney Recruiting at if you have any questions regarding the Asia markets.

Ed. note: The Asia Chronicles column is authored by Kinney Recruiting. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates, counsels and partners in Asia than any other recruiting firm in each of the past six years. You can reach them by email:

Our advice to any Mandarin speaking 2L summer associate who is interested in a future transfer or lateral US associate move to Hong Kong / China: It’s not just about corporate and other transactional practices any more. If you are more interested in litigation than transactional, don’t hesitate to choose litigation or a litigation-related practice area. There is a sharply growing need at top US firms in Hong Kong / China for laterals and transfers in US litigation (mostly FCPA / White Collar work), Anti-Trust, and Disputes / Arbitration. This is not just a trend, it’s a permanent change on the landscape. We find it exciting that Mandarin speaking JDs now have more options to choose from in positioning themselves for a future Hong Kong / China move. Feel free to contact us at if you are a summer associate interested in Asia and have any questions about choosing a practice. It can be one of the biggest decisions you make in your career and yet one usually made without much analysis. Also, feel free to contact us if you are an associate interested in joining an FCPA / White Collar practice or Disputes practice in Asia. We have made numerous such placements in the past few years and a number of our candidates are interviewing for FCPA / White Collar positions at present in Asia.

Check out this relevant recent Legal Week article by Elizabeth Broomhall, where Kinney Recruiting’s Evan Jowers is quoted several times: Courting Eastern promise – the drive by international firms to recruit more disputes lawyers in Asia.

Please note that Evan Jowers and Robert Kinney will be working out of our Hong Kong offices the week of June 16, if you would like to set up a meeting with them, to discuss your career and the Asia markets. Evan is in Hong Kong monthly and Robert is there very frequently as well. It is not possible to find a recruiter who has placed half as many US associates and counsels in Hong Kong / China as Evan Jowers and you are not going to find recruiters with more experience in US partner movements in Hong Kong / China as Robert Kinney and Evan Jowers, but Robert and Evan have also advised a lot of US attorneys in Asia over the years, including senior partners, who have not had reason to move from their firms. It is ultimately a relationship business more than a placement business, although placements can be a bi-product of a lot of good relationships. Feel free to reach out to Robert and Evan at and to set up a meeting.

During any type of lateral hiring market in Asia, hot or cold, we will have the usual M&A, Cap Markets, FCPA / White Collar and Project Finance openings for Mandarin speaking junior to mid-level US associates in HK / China, as well as Korean fluent corporate openings in Seoul and Japanese fluent corporate openings in Tokyo. We have a bunch of those now, as always, in what is currently average and spotty lateral hiring market conditions (Asia lateral market report coming next week). Here though are two of our more unique openings in Asia:

Korean fluent, Project Finance / Asset Finance, mid-level to senior associate (Hong Kong / Seoul)

-This spot is for a 4th to 8th year US associate and will be initially based at a top US firm’s Hong Kong office. However, the hire will likely need to move to the firm’s Seoul office within a year or so. There is a realistic partnership track for this role, especially because of the new hire’s important role in building the Seoul office. Already based in Asia is preferred, but candidates will also be considered from US and Europe. This position is unique for two reasons: Firstly, it is not common to have project finance or asset finance openings for Korean fluent US associates. We have filed a number of such spots over the years, but its not a common opening. Secondly, this new hire will have the special circumstance of arriving into a position where there already exists a business case for promotion to partnership in the future.

PE Fund Formation, mid-level to senior associate, English only ok (Hong Kong)

-This spot is for a 3rd to 7th year associate at one of the top PE fund formation practices in Hong Kong, at a top US firm. What makes this opening uncommon is that English Only is ok for this spot and the expectation is that the new hire with come from New York, London or another major western market where there are very strong PE fund formation practices. The vast majority of the time we have a PE fund formation opening in HK / China, Mandarin is required or at least preferred. There is a business case for this funds group to add a partner in some years so this is a realistic partner track position if the new hire is on the senior end of the 3rd to 7th year range. The range is big because the hiring partner is more focused on finding the highest quality hire with the best PE fund formation experience, who can lead deals, rather than focusing on an exact class year. Of course, the expectations for the new hire will vary depending on their seniority.

Both of the above spots have very competitive pay packages, including NYC top market base and bonus, and very competitive expat / cola / housing allowances for Hong Kong. The hiring partners for both spots have great reputations in the market, not only for their practice, but also for being great mentors and treating their associates well.

As always, feel free to reach out to us at if you are interested in one of these openings, one of our many other US associate openings in Asia, or if you just want to talk about your career plans and how to make yourself more marketable in any of the Asia big law markets.

Talk to any law student and most will admit that where a law school placed in the rankings was a key reason he or she enrolled in a particular program – maybe even the biggest factor. At Kaplan, we’ve long told pre-law students that while they shouldn’t get hung up on whether a law school is ranked #15 or #21, as this won’t matter five years down the road.  On that note…April’s special edition of “The 180 – Live”, Kaplan’s live, online talk show about legal issues, featured ATL’s Elie Mystal, Brian Dalton and myself announcing and discussing Above The Law’s 2014 Rankings of the Top 50 Law Schools.

We all agree the rankings can serve a purpose — they are good aggregate sources of data around job placement stats, academic life and other considerations and can be one of many factors students look at. As you’re considering where to enroll, the more relevant, transparent and helpful information, the better. By focusing on the outcomes law school students (should) care about (like jobs in the legal sector and clerkships) and less on inputs (like LSAT scores and GPA), ATL’s rankings give us a different perspective on how law schools stack up against each other — useful insights as students consider where to spend the next three years of their lives.

In fact, findings from Kaplan Test Prep’s latest survey of pre-law students reinforce the notion that students should place more emphasis on outcomes such as job placement rates and bar passage rates – in keeping with ATL’s rankings methodology. (Remember you can’t do much in law without passing the bar! And if bar passage isn’t required for your desired career path, we’d ask you “why law school” in the first place.) Specific survey highlights include:

  • 84% of pre-law students say that where a law school places in the rankings is important in determining where they will enroll. Understandable. Studies by show that in general the higher a law school ranks, the higher its graduates’ starting salaries are.

  • Pre-law students surveyed were nearly unanimous in saying a law school’s academic quality (99%), bar exam passage rate (95%), and job placement statistics (94%) should have a lot of weight in determining where a law school places in the rankings.

  • Previous Kaplan research of graduating law school students found that what they said the biggest factors future law students should focus on were 1) a school’s job placement rate and 2) affordability/tuition. Make sure you can reasonably afford your law school…try to get scholarships. And how do you get’ em? A stellar LSAT score. That’s what we’re here for.

Final piece of advice: Ultimately each law school applicant should enroll in a JD program that is the best overall ‘fit’ for the individual’s professional, financial, and lifestyle goals and needs.  This will be one the biggest decisions of your professional lives (no pressure!), so be judicious – it’s a skill you’ll need for the long haul anyway, so start now.

Between 2008 and 2012, the median debt burden for newly minted JDs increased by 54 percent, from $83,000 to $128,000. (That compares with a 22 percent increase in medical student debt.) It is the responsibility of every aspiring law student to understand the implications of taking on such a financial commitment. For law grads who have already accumulated the debt, there may be options for you to better manage repayment. Thanks to our friends at DRB, today’s infographic takes a look at law student debt, including the possible benefits of refinance or consolidation.

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Remember Buzz Lightyear’s slogan – To infinity and beyond!  Well that goal is now within reach of law firm CMO’s thanks to a new social media marketing tool from Post Beyond.  It’s easy to use and gives a law firm’s marketing team centralized control over the content that is published on social media.  At the same time it also enables the firm to seamlessly leverage the personal social networks of the firm’s entire professional staff.  With this incredibly powerful and affordable solution, Post Beyond will take your firm’s message to LinkedIn, Twitter and beyond, extending it seamlessly across the entire social media landscape.

Post Beyond can be deployed by a department or a practice group or on a firm-wide basis, depending on an organization’s readiness to embrace a social media marketing program.   “Many of our corporate customers begin using Post Beyond in a limited way and discover it is also a great tool to promote internal social media awareness,” explains Ivan Tsarynny, co-founder of Post Beyond.  “Usage may start in a single department but quickly spreads across the firm.  The organization becomes more engaged simply by using the tool; the firm’s social media effort quickly picks up momentum.”

Post Beyond is composed of two distinct modules – the management module is used to select and curate the content that the firm wants to promote across social media channels.  In most cases, the marketing department or the communications group will be set up as system manager in order to maintain consistency and quality control over the firm’s branding and messaging as communicated through the approved items.  At the same time, anyone in the firm can easily suggest content to the manager for inclusion as an item to be promoted.  Once items have been selected, Post Beyond’s distribution module enables the manager to distribute approved posts to the rest of the firm, either by email or on an intranet page, providing each end-user with an easy one-click ability to promote these items to across their personal networks.

“Law firms have been looking for a way to harness the marketing opportunity presented by social media but at the same time they are afraid of losing control over branding and messaging and compliance,” explains Guy Alvarez, the CEO of Good2BSocial, and Post Beyond’s marketing partner in the legal market.  “That’s why we see Post Beyond as a best-in-class tool for law firms.  There is simply nothing else like it on the market today if you are looking to jump start your firm’s social media marketing efforts.”

Post Beyond and Good2bSocial are hosting two webinars on June 24th and July 8th to demonstrate the benefits and ease of use of the product. To register for the webinars please register at:

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