While I was in private practice as a corporate partner with a large law firm, I often thought about what life would be like in house. I envisioned shorter workdays, fewer (if any) weekends at the office, and a much lower stress level.

I also assumed that once I was ready to make the leap, the in-house opportunities would be plentiful. Ultimately, I decided to eschew the practice of law altogether to open the Washington, D.C., office of a large legal-search firm. From my new vantage point, I look back on my previous perception of the in-house market with a wry smile.

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