JD Profiles: A Recap

Law BooksWe’ve heard some feedback that our readers love the JD Profiles but they almost wish the profiles came out less frequently so each profile would get more attention. They mentioned that this isn’t the type of stuff you hear about in law school and there’s only so much time to read in a given day.

So, dear Readers, thank you! We’re listening. Every so often, we’ll return to our archives and remind you what you missed along the way.

JD Profiles: Matt Emmer, Writer, Editor, and Former Communications Attorney

Our first profile is about Matthew Emmer, J.D. turned writer and editor. Matt’s experience in media dates back more than 25 years, including stints at CNN and the Federal Communications Commission. After law school, he worked as a communications lawyer/lobbyist in DC, mainly representing cable companies. He stayed at the same firm throughout his legal career, first as an associate, then as a partner.

JD Profiles: Gyi Tsakalakis, Executive Director, AttorneySync

Today, we are profiling Gyi Tsakalakis, a former Michigan attorney who is taking a break from legal practice to help attorneys build their professional reputations online.  After practicing at a small firm in the suburbs of Detroit, Gyi decided to follow his entrepreneurial instinct and started AttorneySync with a friend from undergrad.  AttorneySync helps law firms build their online presence.

JD Profiles: Kevin Noonan, PhD, Patent Attorney, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Kevin Noonan, Ph.D., is a partner at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, an intellectual property boutique with offices in Chicago and Washington State. With a PhD in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, Kevin specializes on biotechnology clients, including hot topics such as gene cloning and gene patenting. Kevin also co-founded the blog Patent Docs, which he manages with Donald Zuhn, Jr. Ph.D., his colleague at MBHB. Kevin talks to us about how a cab driver in New York City decides to become a patent attorney and how teaching and blogging about biotechnology patent law keeps him updated with the current issues affecting his clients.

JD Profiles: Nicole Gesher, Mediator and Owner, Gesher Mediation

Nicole Gesher is a San Francisco based mediator and attorney. She founded Gesher Mediation in February of 2010, where she happily helps resolve conflicts for her clients throughout the Bay Area. While relatively new to the ADR scene (she’s not even 30 years old!), Gesher tied for 2nd place in the Individual Mediator/Arbitrator category in the Recorder’s Best Poll (San Francisco based Legal newspaper – results published 12/6) (PDF). She is currently a panelist for the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Contra Costa County Superior Court. She is also a volunteer mediator for Community Boards, a local non-profit.

JD Profiles: Megan M. McKeon, Marketing Director, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Megan M. McKeon worked her way through the evening J.D. program at The John Marshall School of Law and graduated in 2004. By day, she worked as a Marketing Magician for Schiff Hardin, an Am Law 200 firm, where she assisted with the firms marketing and recruiting efforts, including handling media relations, drafting external and internal communications, and promoting firm-hosted events. Rather than use her law degree to practice law on a daily basis, Megan continued to work in the marketing department of law firms. Eventually, Megan returned to school and achieved her M.B.A. in Marketing Management and Leadership and Change Management from DePaul University’s Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Today, she applies her legal and business background as Marketing Director for McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff.

JD Profiles: Richard Russeth, Vice President + General Counsel, Leprino Foods Company

Richard Russeth has worked in-house at various multi-national companies in the food industry since his graduation from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1982. In his roles as Assistant General Counsel and General Counsel, his clients may ask him questions relating to employment, intellectual property, or international tax law on any given day. Rather than focusing on one area of the law, Richard has become a rare entity – a self-proclaimed generalist. The Last Generalist talks with us once again about his career path, networking philosophies, technology, and the implications of the Food Safety Modernization Act for FDA lawyers.

JD Profiles: Philip Guzman, Director of Public Service Programs, North Carolina Central University School of Law

Philip Guzman worked in government and private practice before he became the Director of Public Service Programs at North Carolina Central University School of Law. He talks to us about his day-to-day responsibilities in the career services office as well as his career path to his ideal job or, as he calls it, “The Persistent Dream.” (Published in NALP Bulletin, Vol.22, September 2010.)

JD Profiles: Matt Podolnick, Litigation Associate, Aaronson, Rappaport, Feinstein, + Deutsch, LLP

Matt Podolnick graduated from an Ivy League law school. Like many of his classmates, he summered at a high-end litigation boutique in New York and accepted a job there post-graduation. After two years, he decided to head to a medical malpractice firm where he’d get more hands-on experience. He tells us why he never doubts taking a 40% salary cut and why he’s hesitant to want to be Superman.

JD Profiles: Susan Cartier Liebel, Owner, Solo Practice University

Susan Cartier Liebel worked in advertising then sales for ten (10) years before she decided to go to law school. As a law student, she realized there were hardly any resources for anyone who wanted to start their own law practice or learn the business side of running a law practice. She took the initiative, sought out mentors from her clinics and network of contacts, and opened her own law firm with friends from law school shortly after she graduated.  Since then, Susan has successfully practiced as a solo/small firm founder. Based on her own experiences, she started to teach others how to do the same. She served as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University’s School of Law and then opened her own consulting firm. About two years ago, Susan brought the idea to a larger scale and started Solo Practice University, the ‘practice of law’ school. Susan talks about her journey and the void SPU fills in legal education.

[Jobs NJ, CA] Law Firm Lateral Listings

Ahhh, we’re on a roll… Two job listing posts in two days.  Let’s see if we can keep this up.

LeClair Ryan

Litigation Associate – Newark, NJ:  LeClairRyan is seeking an associate with 2-4 years litigation experience for its Newark, NJ office. Candidates must be licensed in New Jersey. Strong writing and communications skills required.

Bankruptcy Associate – Newark, NJ: LeClairRyan is seeking an associate with 4-7 years bankruptcy and commercial/bank litigation experience for its Newark, NJ office. Candidates must be licensed in both New Jersey and New York. Strong writing and communications skills required.

Procopio

Business/Corporate Litigation Partner – California: Partner and senior counsel level positions available for business / corporate litigation attorney with portable business. Litigation clients include publicly held corporations, privately owned companies and high net worth individuals in the general business, real estate and development, and intellectual property fields. Positions requires California bar admission, excellent academic credentials.

Employment Attorney – California:  Procopio is seeking a seasoned attorney to aid in the leadership and further development of its thriving employment practice. Proven leadership skills and the ability to shape and direct a practice group is essential. Proven marketing and business development skills are also a must. The ideal candidate should have experience handling all aspects of employment counseling, litigation and administrative hearings, including wage and hour issues, leave issues, FEHA claims and class actions, at both the state and federal levels. Experience in labor union negotiation and /or ERISA/benefits is a plus. Candidate must have portable book of business and 15 or more years of experience in the employment law arena.

ERISA Attorney – California: Position available for an attorney with at least 10 years of law firm experience. Candidate should have working knowledge of ERISA and related fiduciary rules, knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and its impact on qualified retirement plans, experience in the areas of executive compensation planning and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. Portable book of business required, and must be admitted to State Bar of California.

Intellectual Property – Patent Litigator – California: Partner level or senior counsel position available for IP litigation attorney with patent trial experience. Candidate must possess portable business. California bar admission and excellent academic credentials are required.

Tax/Bond Attorney – California:  Position available for tax attorney with seven to eight or more years experience with nonprofit and/or governmental finance and employee benefits. The ideal candidate would have experience with: (i) advising lenders/issuers on tax aspects of tax exempt bonds, leases and notes, including conduit, general obligation and revenue bonds; (ii) advising charitable organizations on corporate structure, obtaining and maintaining tax exempt status under state and federal laws. California bar admission and excellent academic credentials required; and (iii) establishing and administering public and nonprofit employee benefit and deferred compensation plans, including 403(b), 457 and PERS.

We have some big plans for 2010 including the launch of our new job board. The goal is to move our job listings series¹ over there.

Right now, we’re reaching out to legal employers and asking them to join our Beta team. (In less nerdy terms, a team of brave trailblazers who are willing to post their legal positions on our job board. Basically, they post for free during our launch, receive discounts for all eternity, and are pampered with praise and adulation.)

Until we’re ready to fully transition over to the job board, we’ll continue to post jobs that we find here. Hey, we may as well get the firm’s attention, right? Show ‘em the awesome caliber of our readers. :-)

Also, to help keep you updated, we’ll push all job notifications to @RecruiterEsq (a newish account that’s now reserved for site announcements) as well as my personal account @mjsq.

¹ About the (old) job listings series: This series features job posts from around the web.

In this series, RecruiterEsq posts directly to the link where the job was found. In addition, RecruiterEsq posts pertinent information here for readers to assess interest.

Please do not apply to jobs directly through RecruiterEsq.

Please e-mail melissa@recruiteresq.com if you would like to post a relevant job in the legal industry and/or would like a job that is posted here to be removed. Thank you.

[Jobs DE, DC, GA, CA] Law Firm Associate and Partner Listings

There’s nothing quite like getting sick when you’re working for yourself. When you can’t get out of bed, well, that’s it. Nothing gets out of bed.

For the lack of recent posts, here are quite a few jobs from around the web.

Morris James

Patent Litigation Attorney – Wilmington, DE – Morris James LLP is seeking lateral partners to grow its Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Corporate Litigation Attorney – Wilmington, DE – Morris James LLP is seeking lateral partners to grow its Corporate/Commercial Practice Group.

Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman

Patent Prosecution Attorney or Patent Agent - Silicon Valley (Sunnyvale)An experienced mid-level associate or agent with at least 3.5 years, but no more than 5 years of experience in patent prosecution.  A degree in computer science and industry experience as a software engineer is preferred.  Qualified candidates must have excellent academic credentials, superb communication and writing skills, and be admitted to the USPTO

Eckert Seamans

Litigation Associate – Washington, DC – Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC is a national full-service law firm, with multiple offices located throughout the Eastern United States.  The Washington, D.C. office of the firm is seeking an associate with 1 to 3 years of litigation experience.  D.C., VA and/or MD bar admission is required.

Christie Parker & Hale

Electrical Patent Prosecution Associate or Patent Agent – California — Degree in Electrical Engineering, registered to practice with the PTO, and two to five years patent prosecution experience is required. Experience with telecommunications, signal processing, video, television, digital electronics, database technology, and user interfaces. Will prepare and prosecute patent applications, draft opinions, and conduct due diligence investigations.

Biotech Partner – California Degree in Biology, Chemistry or similar field. Experience in biotech patent prosecution and counseling, and portable business required. An advanced degree is preferred for this position.

Keller Heckman

FDA Associate – Washington, DC -  Qualified associate needed to assist on food, food additive, drug and device matters. Experience with FDA rulemaking and regulatory proceedings, or those of other federal agencies (such as EPA, CPSC and FTC) strongly preferred. Strong academic credentials, excellent analytical, writing and interpersonal skills, and the ability to assume immediate responsibility are required. Ability to relate well with a variety of people is important.

Dennis, Corry, Porter, & Smith

Mid-Level Associate – Atlanta, GA – We have an opening for mid-level associate with 4-6 years litigation experience.  Insurance defense experience is required.  Personal injury defense experience is preferred.

We have some big plans for 2010 including the launch of our new job board. The goal is to move our job listings series¹ over there.

Right now, we’re reaching out to legal employers and asking them to join our Beta team. (In less nerdy terms, a team of brave trailblazers who are willing to post their legal positions on our job board. Basically, they post for free during our launch, receive discounts for all eternity, and are pampered with praise and adulation.)

Until we’re ready to fully transition over to the job board, we’ll continue to post jobs that we find here. Hey, we may as well get the firm’s attention, right? Show ‘em the awesome caliber of our readers. :-)

Also, to help keep you updated, we’ll push all job notifications to @RecruiterEsq (a newish account that’s now reserved for site announcements) as well as my personal account @mjsq.

¹ About the (old) job listings series: This series features job posts from around the web.

In this series, RecruiterEsq posts directly to the link where the job was found. In addition, RecruiterEsq posts pertinent information here for readers to assess interest.

Please do not apply to jobs directly through RecruiterEsq.

Please e-mail melissa@recruiteresq.com if you would like to post a relevant job in the legal industry and/or would like a job that is posted here to be removed. Thank you.