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So you make $800,000 a year. The walls of your ritzy office are Italian marble and the sand in the ashtrays looks like Beluga. You’ve got a great practice, a great law firm and a great car. Is it enough? Certainly not. As one former King & Spalding partner tells it, even at Atlanta’s richest firm, partners already in the pink have an eye on greener pastures. He says a number of well-stock-optioned general counsels at top corporations attended a King & Spalding firm retreat several years ago to participate in a panel discussion. One of them was Joseph R. Gladden Jr., Coca-Cola Co. executive vice president and general counsel. A former King & Spalding partner, Gladden announced his retirement from Coke Wednesday. Gladden and the other corporate counsel were revered like rock stars because they had the ability to push so much business to the firm, according to the K&S alum. “People are salivating all over the place,” he recalls. “You could barely stand up it was so slippery in that room.” But there was another reason for the envy: “Money,” says the former partner. According to Coke’s most recent proxy (See www.sec.gov), filed in March, Gladden’s salary was $412,916 and he owned or had options on about 806,000 shares of common stock, which at Friday’s close was worth $57.93 per share, or $46.7 million. According to the proxy, Gladden also has other perks and compensation. Neither Gladden nor Coke spokesman Ben Deutsch returned calls about this story. Clearly, success isn’t always an effective inoculation against the little green monster. And even successful lawyers who love their work still have dream jobs out there somewhere. PUTTING GREEN For W. Randy Eaddy, the career grass is greener on the green. Eaddy, a partner in Atlanta firm Kilpatrick Stockton’s securities and franchising section who’s been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America,” says his dream job is to be general counsel to the Tiger Woods Foundation or the PGA Tour. Eaddy says he likes the public service aspect of the Tiger Woods Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families. And he concedes he’d love to hobnob with Woods. With the PGA Tour, he says he’d enjoy traveling to tournaments and being in golf’s inner circle. Representing the PGA Tour is a dream job, says Edward Moorhouse, the golf association’s chief legal officer and one of its two executive vice presidents. Reached at his offices in Ponte Vedra, Fla., Moorhouse says he does get to meet the players: Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, John Cook and Hal Sutton, to name a few. Moorhouse is responsible for television and broadcasting, negotiating rights agreements and business aspects of the PGA Tour, the PGA Senior Tour and the Buy.com Tour. And, he says, “I would suspect that I could go to any golf event in the world that I’d like to.” But generally, he doesn’t. He’s working. Though he’s at tournament sites (he travels 100 to 150 days a year), he’s in meetings with television executives and title sponsors. So, like the rest of us, he watches the tournaments on television. As for money, Moorhouse says he functions as a chief operating officer and gets paid like one, with compensation in the six figures. COUNSEL TO THE CHIEF For Oscar N. Persons, money is only one part of the package that makes up his dream jobs, and it’s not the most important part. Persons is a partner and past chairman of the litigation department at Atlanta’s Alston & Bird. He’s served in a number of political posts, including general counsel to the Georgia Republican Party. He’s got several dream jobs. One is serving as White House counsel. “I think you would have the opportunity not only to practice a profession and deal with legal matters and have the discipline to do that, but you’d also be making policy,” he says. Persons’ White House counsel dream is close to Gregory S. Smith’s reality. In June, Smith left his job at the Federal Defender Program Inc. in Atlanta to become associate counsel to Bill Clinton. Smith says he spent much of his time as a point person with the independent counsel’s office, helping the White House counsel’s office respond to the federal probe of lost government e-mail messages. He met — at least briefly — all three Clintons and Vice President Al Gore. He went jogging with John Podesta, Clinton’s chief of staff. And he had perks such as giving friends private tours of the West Wing. Of course, it wasn’t all tea in the Rose Garden. When George W. Bush was sworn in as president, Smith lost his job. Still, he says it was worth every minute. And no, he didn’t take the “W” key with him when he left. Another of Persons’ career dreams is being a judge. DOING WHAT’S RIGHT In the legal profession, anyway, says Atlanta’s Fulton Superior Court Judge Wendy L. Shoob, “there’s not another job I’d want.” Shoob says she likes being in control and not having to answer to clients or a boss. “You have more freedom in this job to do what you think is right,” she says. A case in point is Dawson v. State, No. Y11554. In a groundbreaking decision, Shoob declared Georgia’s electric chair a cruel and unusual punishment that violates the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions. “People can be mad,” she says of her job, “but at least it was your decision and not something you did to pay the bills.” KEEPING ENTERTAINED Though Atlanta’s Greenberg Traurig counsel Darryl Cohen admits to financial envy of lawyers with millions in stock options, he says he knows he already has what a lot of people might consider a dream legal job. He’s an entertainment lawyer. Cohen says he likes entertainment law “because it doesn’t have you dealing with the same mundane things every day. You’re dealing with people.” Cohen has dealt with musician Jimmy Buffett, talk show host Maury Povich, television anchor Monica Kaufman, and “Temptation Island” couple — Billy and Mandy. He’s done book deals, sold scripts, represented name-brand restaurants and chefs, and worked as a contract adviser to the NFL. It sounds glamorous, he admits. “What’s not glamorous? Telling people, advising people … over and over and over again and they just don’t listen,” he says, explaining that some celebrities believe their unassailability onstage carries over into the legal arena, and it doesn’t. “They think they’re … invincible.” Linda Laufer, a lawyer who’s now a career consultant in New York, says a lot of starry-eyed lawyers long to be in the entertainment biz. But those who actually decide to pursue a dream job first need to dissect the job and their motivation, she says. Define exactly what you want to do and in what environment, she advises. Then look at who’s already in that dream job. Is the person likely to retire or leave? Can you network your way into meeting someone in the office? Can you get your name out in the field by writing about it or getting involved in related organizations? “You have to really position yourself to make a transition,” she says. “I’ve worked with clients for as little as three weeks who’ve made that dream transition because they were in the right place at the right time. Others have taken a year or more.” And there’s nothing wrong with job satisfaction. One King & Spalding senior partner, Joseph R. Bankoff, says he’s got it in spades. Bankoff, who handles litigation and intellectual property issues, says, “I have seen a lot of folks do a lot of things, but the truth of the matter is you have to do what’s right for you.” If what’s right for you is a dream job other than your own, take heart. There are openings. Right now, says the PGA Tour’s Moorhouse, he’s looking to hire an associate-level attorney.

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