Leading a law firm is hard work—long hours, office politics, plus the challenge of keeping both clients and fellow partners happy. For those top firm lawyers tiring of the grind and looking for a second wind in their legal careers, could becoming a general counsel be a good next step?

It’s a transition that a handful of high-profile attorneys have made in recent years, bringing their experience with how outside counsel operate to organizations that prove much more budget-focused and hierarchical than the partnerships they left.

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