Like many of you, I’ve resolved this year to use every tool available to keep my contacts up to date on my professional life. Blogs are simple, inexpensive (free!) and timely. The focus of this blog will be legal search, the market for attorney talent and current client engagements (and the occasional wandering rant). Your feedback will drive the quality of the posts and I look forward to hearing from you.

As we wade a little deeper into 2009, the messages are growing gloomier. But now is not the time to despair. Hand ringing is counter productive and nobody wants to hear a sob story. There are too many. So, take heart. Sure, all organizations become a little more selective as the pool of available lawyers grows larger. Still, opportunities exist for those able to open their minds to the possibilities that emerge from a change – in title, in geography, in industry. We’re seeing activity in some unusual places. Companies in most industries are hiring senior attorneys as they endeavor to internalize legal services and wrest control of their commercial fate from external service providers.

What am I working on? I’m happy to say I have a handful of very interesting opportunities at the moment. Here are just a few:

The University of California system, a long-standing Major, Lindsey & Africa client, has retained us in their search for the Deputy General Counsel for Education Policy and Campus Services. This is a 2nd in command position and a member of the General Counsel’s cabinet. Higher education law and policy is the focus and this person will come with significant management experience in addition to the subject matter expertise noted. These positions rarely come available and we’re meeting some very interesting lawyers in the recruitment process.

I currently represent Mattel in the company’s search for a Director of Patents. This senior counsel will be responsible for managing the company’s prestigious and growing patent portfolio as well as a number of other intellectual property matters. As the owner of the world’s premier toy brands, Mattel takes seriously the role of IP counsel. This is a true growth opportunity with a world class organization that recently saw its rank among the 100 best companies to work for rise to #48!

Now, if you’re a patent prosecution attorney with a few years of experience under your belt, I have a great opportunity to join a small but profitable company in the digital rights management space. Intertrust Technologies has a terrific spot for someone interested in joining a smart, friendly team.

If you’d like to explore these, or any of MLA’s current opportunities, please visit us. We’re happy to explore the possibilities.


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