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"Senior Attorney" v. "Attorney" v. "Of Counsel"...?

Kirk Lazarus

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Re: "Senior Attorney" v. "Attorney" v. "Of Counsel"...?
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2007, 06:41:11 PM »
Can someone please explain the distinction between these firm positions? I understand Associate and Partner, but what exactly is the role for those with titles like Senior Attorney, Attorney, and Of Counsel? I assume an "Attorney" would be someone who has senior status to an Associate but isn't technically a shareholder of the firm...am I on the right track? Also, (probably a dumb question) but what is a lateral hire?

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Senior Associates = Senior Attorneys. These are lawyers with 6-8 years experience.

Of Counsel = superstars who don't contribute enough to the bottom line to become partner. Still, the firm would rather have them stay than see them go.

both are attorneys

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Re: "Senior Attorney" v. "Attorney" v. "Of Counsel"...?
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2007, 06:42:55 PM »
Thanks, galt and whoever revived this thread from the dead. That answer really clarified it for me.