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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.

Apr 27, 2018

Many lawyers are interested in transitioning to an in-house legal role. Right or wrong, the perception is that working in-house means  more control over your hours.  It also means you are not responsible for generating your own work. At the same time, in-house lawyers get to be part of the “team” and sit at the table with clients before critical business decisions are made.

In contrast, being in private practice gives you the chance to be more entrepreneurial and build your own business, even though it removes you from day to day contact with your clients.

But there is actually another model for practicing law. It is a hybrid role called outsourced counsel. As outsourced counsel, lawyers can work onsite with several clients at once. While outsourced counsel technically have their own law practices, they also have the benefit of “living with the clients they are serving.”

In this episode, I speak with Paul Cohen, who is currently Senior Counsel at Dassault Systemes. But for many years, Paul maintained a private practice where he worked as outsourced counsel to several technology companies. Paul has spent his entire legal career working for technology companies in Massachusetts. He has great insights into what it takes to be successful in this hybrid role.

Paul is happy to speak with you directly if you have questions about being an outsourced counsel.  He can be reached at .

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