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Counsel to Counsel is a podcast for attorneys who are looking for insights to help increase their overall career satisfaction.  You can find it on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.  You can also listen to episodes from this home page.  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.

Oct 14, 2019

Back in the early 1990s when I was at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, I worked with some great volunteers who were very generous with their time.  These were leaders of the bar who were committed to training the next generation of lawyers. 

While there were many lawyers who were ready willing and able to share their advice, there were a few volunteers who really stood out for their deep commitment to professional development.  John Hession was one of those lawyers. At the time, John was a corporate partner at the law firm Testa Hurwitz and Thibeault.  

John was always game to plan and deliver the next CLE program or sit and discuss our corporate curriculum.   He was also integrally involved in the internal training program at his own firm, Testa all while maintaining a busy corporate practice representing VCs and other entities.

Since that time, John has traveled through a number of major law firms. He helped open the Boston office of Cooley.  In 2015, he joined Morse, a mid-sized firm with offices in Boston, Cambridge and Waltham. John is an acknowledged authority in the emerging company and venture capital fields, has served as a business strategist and as a legal adviser to more than 400 emerging growth companies.  John has advised these companies on all phases of the enterprise life cycle, from cradle to culmination. He is also the consummate mentor and writes the best out of office messages I’ve ever read.

John is now at a stage in his career where he is focusing a significant amount of his time helping up-and-coming talent at his firm to advance their careers.

I recently had coffee with John and asked him what junior associates should be thinking about in deciding where to practice.  John had some great advice and when I asked him to join me on Counsel to Counsel, it was no surprise that he said yes.

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