In-House: A Lawyer’s Guide to Getting a Corporate Legal Position
About In-House: A Lawyer’s Guide to Getting a Corporate Legal Position
In-House: A Lawyer’s Guide to Getting a Corporate Legal Position is the “must-have” career book on finding, securing, and thriving in the fiercely competitive in-house legal market. Author David J. Parnell takes the in-house-bound attorney by the hand, leading him or her through the maze of potential job-hunting strategies, dispelling the myths about corporate life, and offering the reader an arsenal of tips, skills and methods for creating a successful corporate career. Sometimes irreverent, always poignant, Parnell’s In-House is the first step on your way to corporate legal glory.
One of the more surprising attributes of the book is Parnell’s candor. For the first time, a legal recruiter is giving you an unfettered view of how things are done – or at least how they should be done. No hype, no silver bullets, no BS. For the practicing attorney who is frustrated by their current job search, this offers them a pragmatic, systematic approach that affords them more control over their professional destiny. For the recent graduate or those considering law school, this book offers a neck-breakingly raw explanation of what it takes, point by point, to land one of these positions.
In addition, the book includes numerous appendixes, containing sample resumes, sample questions, a deal sheet and even a resignation letter. If you’re looking for an insider’s guide to getting a corporate legal job, this book is a must-have for your job-search library.
In-House Table of Contents
Chapter 1: MythBusters: Separating In-House Fact from Fiction
Appendix A: Personal & Professional Skills Questionnaire
I am a published author (ABA Publishing), a cited source for the likes of Inc.com, Forbes, Fox News and Monster, and I co-founded, own and run the Executive Recruiting and Coaching firm Edward Anthony & Steele, LLC. Here, we coach the careers and communication of literally the most prolific, head-of-industry attorneys in the world. I have 16 years of recruiting and coaching experience. Along with cofounding and running two Executive Recruiting and Coaching firms of my own, I’ve also worked within publicly traded companies such as CIBER and Intel, and with the privately held media company DreamWorks SKG.
In complement to my Executive Recruiting expertise, as a Communication Coach, I offer comprehensive communication skills training from both a personal and professional standpoint. This includes fostering the development of a strong knowledge base and an even stronger skill set in the fields of strategic verbal and nonverbal communication. Along with my Political Science degree from the University of Rochester (one of the nation’s leading programs) and more than 17 years of relationship management and negotiation experience, I maintain certification in, and extensive experience with, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) & Hypnotic communication; all of which places me in an elite class of Executive Recruiters, Executive Coaches and Strategic Communicators.
After spending my first 5 years as an Executive Recruiter in Corporate America, my competitive and entrepreneurial spirit drove me to found my first Executive Recruiting firm, David John Partners, which worked directly with technology executives at Fortune 100 companies such as Intel and IBM, and with Fortune 500 companies such as AMD, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and Sun Microsystems. In 2003, I founded the Executive Recruiting and Coaching firm EAS (Edward Anthony & Stone – later changing the name to Edward Anthony & Steele, LLC in 2005), which is in charge of the most elite legal careers on Wall Street. My coaching responsibilities include the development of strategic verbal and nonverbal communication skills, along with overall business training for some of the top executives in the world. My search and placement responsibilities include the representation of Wall Street attorneys in their strategic career progression.
The law firms we work with, and the attorneys that run them, are among the largest and most influential in the world. They do the biggest deals, represent the biggest banks, handle the biggest bankruptcies and work on the largest litigation cases. A small sample of our client list includes Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Clifford Chance, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
The level of communication and strategy required to compete in this environment is literally at the top of the food chain. Over the past 16 years, I have sought out, acquired and assimilated the most effective knowledge base and methods in the areas of human motivational psychology, coaching, and communication strategies and theories. A number of the areas in which I have a comprehensive knowledge base include, but are not limited to: The Meta-Model, The Milton model, Quantum Linguistics, Presuppositions, Sleight of Mouth patterns, Directional Questioning and Questioning Strategy, Priming & Framing, Evolutionary Psychology, Cognitive Belief Systems, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Verbal and Nonverbal Anchors, Nonverbal Communication (Body Language & Facial Displays), The Psychology of First Impressions, Rapport Systems, Logic and Fallacies, Formal Listening Strategies, Strategic Questioning Models, Proxemics, Goal Systems Psychology, Value Systems and Belief Patterns.
I’ve literally made it my mission to gain the most thorough understanding of the way the human mind works in a real world setting. In fact, I’ve written a 1350 page text – endearingly labeled the Communication Genome Project by my clients – that is the single largest integrated text regarding the psychology of human motivation and its interplay with interpersonal communication. (Available upon request for my clients) As a part of my search and placement and coaching programs, I also run a communication blog (www.davidjparnell.com), which maintains the #1 ranking on Google for the search term “communication expert,” and last but not least, I am a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), the most advance formalized system of strategic communication on the market today. To contact me, please see below:
David J. Parnell
In-House: A Lawyer’s Guide to Getting a Corporate Legal Position (ABA Publishing – June, 2012)
BigLaw DNA: Diagnosing The Symptoms of a Failing Firm (ABA Publishing – July, 2013)
Co-Founder & Principal:
Edward Anthony & Steele, LLC
260 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10016