Finding Your Unique Place in Law Practice is a Reflective Journey

Some lawyers know from the start of their careers exactly who they are and what kind of practice they want to build.

Early on, they create a practice that reflects that self-understanding, and thrive. But for others, finding purpose and place within the law is a longer and more complex journey.

Opaque Beginnings

Before they start to practice law, very few would-be lawyers have access to a wide network of attorneys. Most lack visibility to the many practice areas and career paths in the legal industry.

That leaves many new attorneys, especially those without ties to the legal community, vulnerable to making uninformed early decisions about the legal career they want to develop.

To fill that void, it’s easy to default to the most obvious choices. One might believe there are limited options—private practice or government practice, litigation or transactional, partner track or solo practitioner.

Law school and media reinforce these false dichotomies and the limited menu. The traditional law firm model does this, as well, by placing newly minted associates into specified practice groups before new lawyers gain significant experience in a particular area of law.

External forces, like the economy, the business cycle, or a heavy debt load, also may also limit viable career choices for early-career lawyers.

The end result is that some will find themselves in a practice area or industry segment that doesn’t quite fit their skills and goals.

Add the feeling of being misplaced to the pressure of a notoriously stressful profession, and it’s easy to see why some lawyers find themselves unhappy, burnt out, or battling the demons of depression and substance abuse that plague the legal profession.

So, what’s a misplaced lawyer to do?

Go Deep

Finding place and purpose within the law begins with introspection. That requires defining what

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Legal 500 US Recognizes 52 Wiley Lawyers and Seven Practice Areas Nationally: Wiley

Press Release

Washington, DC — In its 2022 edition, The Legal 500 US recognizes 52 Wiley lawyers across seven practices as among the best in the country. The firm’s Government Contracts Practice, and its Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) Practice for Regulatory work, have earned the prestigious top-tier ranking. The TMT Practice is also ranked nationwide for its Transactional work. In addition, the firm’s Insurance, International Trade, Issues and Appeals, and White Collar Defense & Government Investigations practices are ranked nationwide.

Government Contracts Practice co-chair Paul F. Khoury was recognized in the “Hall of Fame” for Government Contracts.

Four Wiley attorneys are named “Leading Lawyers”:

Five Wiley attorneys are named “Next Generation Lawyers”:

The following attorneys are also recognized as “Recommended” in their respective practice areas:

The Legal 500 US directory aims to provide independent, unbiased commentary on the leading law firms and lawyers in the most important legal marketplaces in the world. The research for the editorial sections is based on the combined opinions of the many lawyers interviewed, commentary from corporate clients, and analysis of deals and contentious issues.

To see the complete 2022 rankings, please click here.

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