Mike pens a monthly career advice column in Corporate Counsel magazine.
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Where once offices used to be a take-it-or-leave it given, now it is front and center as more of a give and take.
Many of our search assignments are subject matter specific. Please get us a great securities, or IP, or employment attorney, etc. Subject-matter experts do hit ceilings, however. In many of the larger legal departments, the top of the ladder for specialists is a senior role reporting to the general counsel.
Staff level postings (counsel and senior counsel) remain at record levels. I know most of you are not finding the candidate quality you seek at the salary point your HR department has authorized. Because wage inflation within the legal profession has outpaced internal equity considerations.