#28: Path to Partnership

Today we’re exploring the path to partnership, and I’m sharing what associates need to consider to make sure all the work they are putting in will actually pay off. Although this episode is presented with large law firms in mind, the principles I discuss are general in nature and can be applied to associates in smaller firms as well. If you’re already a partner, this episode can also help you understand that the associates in your firm may not have access to all of the information that you think they do.

Things you will learn in this episode:

  • How every firm is different when it comes to partnerships – and why learning the written and unwritten rules will be necessary
  • Why you should know what the financial health of your firm looks like when beginning this process
  • If you wait until you are up for partner to take action, you’re too late (but you’ll now have the tools for the future)!
  • Why you need to be working on your Partnership Resume, and not just hitting minimum numbers when it comes to your billables
  • The types of matters you worked on, as well as how lucrative your clients are to the firm, will be taken into consideration
  • You may not like politics, but campaigning for support in the partnership process is key
In addition to providing very specific details and questions for each step in this episode, I’ve created a short worksheet to help you track what’s required. Be sure to download your free copy by clicking the button below.

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Heather Joy Hubbard is an attorney, speaker, author, and strategic coach. Through her personal and professional development company, she helps attorneys reduce stress, manage priorities, and build a book of business. Prior to her work helping professionals find more balance and success, Heather was a partner and practice group leader at an AmLaw 200 firm. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Copyright, Trademark, Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation, Mid-South SuperLawyers, Benchmark Litigation and Managing IP Stars. She was also named one of Nashville's Top 40 under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal. Heather graduated  summa cum laude   from the University of Louisville and received her  juris doctorate  from Vanderbilt University Law School.

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