For Attys Moving In-House, The Soft Skills Are Key

By Sam Reisman (August 10, 2017, 7:03 PM EDT) -- Attorneys considering a move in-house need to hone their soft skills and should cultivate a familiarity with finance, business and office politics if they are going to succeed and thrive in their new roles, according to panel of experts speaking at a continuing legal education session in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon.

The panelists, all current or former general counsels, reflected on the qualities and abilities that define attorneys who successfully transition in-house and touched on the occasional friction that occurs between an unseasoned corporate counsel and his or her new colleagues.

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