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Counsel to Counsel is a podcast for attorneys who are looking for insights to help increase their overall career satisfaction.  In each episode, I introduce you to consultants who have been shaping the legal industry and attorneys who have done interesting and sometimes unconventional things with their careers.  My guests will share with you tips on how to achieve greater career and marketing success. Some will talk about the ways they have built fulfilling careers outside of the practice. Through this series, I hope to identify ways that you can find more happiness as a lawyer.  If you'd like to learn more about me, I invite you to visit my website at www.seckler.com.  There you will find links to my blog and to many career and marketing resources.  If you like this show, please review it on iTunes. Your comments are always welcome.  Feel free to reach out to me at legal@seckler.com if you'd like to discuss your own career or marketing concerns.  I'm always happy to speak with lawyers about their careers and I enjoy talking about marketing.

May 20, 2019

For most of us, once we are in the working world, travel is something to do on vacation.  Academics have the opportunity to take a sabbatical and live and work in another country with their families.

As the world economy continues to become more integrated, many lawyers and other business professionals end up finding themselves on international business trips.  Some in-house lawyers have the chance to spend time in other countries when they are temporarily transferred to international offices.

Lawyers who work for large international law firms, also have this chance.  But for most lawyers in private practice, international travel is limited to vacations and the occasional business trip. 

Robert Finkel, is a lawyer who figured out a different path.

For many years, Bob had been in private practice at a mid-sized firm; but he and his wife had a strong desire to spend time living in Israel with their three children.  They had visited the country many times, but they knew living there would be different.

Since they were not independently wealthy, they knew that at least one of them needed to continue to work. One option was for Bob to leave his role partner of a law firm in the Boston area, Morse, Barnes-Brown and Pendleton and find a legal job in Israel.  This presented some challenges.

So Bob came up with a creative solution. He would continue to work for his firm but work remotely from Israel.  In this episode, I speak with Bob about how he made living abroad a reality and what were some of the challenges and benefits to him professionally and personally.

Bob is a partner at the New York firm Moritt, Hock and Hamroff. Bob has over 30 years of experience as a tax and business lawyer. His practice focuses on the areas of individual and business taxation including tax controversy and tax litigation.