What does an Of Counsel do?

Of counsels are lawyers who have an affiliation and working relationship with a law firm, but do not hold a staff title such as partner or associate. They provide legal advice and guidance, often focused in their particular area of legal specialization. They are often enlisted to provide legal expertise to a certain business division or department, or to advise executives and other stakeholders. They sometimes work as an independent contractor, often maintaining a part-time schedule or serving as an occasional consultant as needed. Payment structures vary by firm and may include equity or profit-based compensation.

Of counsels are attorneys who have a J.D. degree and must have a valid license to practice law in their state. They have extensive legal experience and often have specialized expertise. These roles require strong communication and client relations skills.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Of Counsel Salaries

Average Base Pay

€92,861 /yr
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Median: €93K
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Of Counsel Career Path

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Associate Counsel
30 Apr 2021

“Extremely slow career growth and the remuneration is not sufficient to sustain someone hungry for growth.”

In-House Counsel
30 Oct 2020

“It is an amazing opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest in all of e”

Legal Associate
29 Dec 2020

“You get a lot of responsibility and the internship is a great place to start your career.”

RedZone RoboticsRedZone Robotics
15 Jun 2020

“I thrive on the challenges and my manager is giving me good opportunities to learn.”

Authentic Brands GroupAuthentic Brands Group
Legal Counsel
25 Jun 2021

“This is growth opportunity and I recommend you make your own judgement if you have the opportunity to work here.”

Legal Counsel
29 Oct 2020

“The company is rapidly growing which invites a lot of potential to grow in your career.”

Cracker BarrelCracker Barrel
6 Aug 2020

“Good starter position right out of college to get feet wet but not good if you are looking to continue growth and advancement.”

Cognizant Technology SolutionsCognizant Technology Solutions
Legal Counsel
24 Aug 2021

“Stable and good work life balance”

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