Danielle Alyce Burnette, In-house Attorney

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Working as an in-house attorney has both pros and cons, just like any other attorney. Some of the pros include have more control on the projects you work on and having corporate benefits that other types of attorneys don't get. Some of the cons include long hours and often being required to work during weekends in order to help with legal projects in the company.

In-house attorneys enjoy various benefits that private practice attorneys don't have. That being said, there are some downsides to becoming an in-house attorney. While they often have more control over the projects they work on and receive corporate benefits, they also are often required to work long hours which can make it hard to take time off. All in all, you should definitely consider becoming an in-house attorney if it looks like the right fit for you.

  1. Why did you decide to work in a corporate legal department?

    The hours are steady and there is always something new to learn.

  2. What is the best part of working in-house?

    There is job security (a bit more than in a firm since there are no billable hours needed to maintain your job) and the ability to climb the ladder of success more quickly.

  3. What is the worst part of working in-house?

    You never get to see the inside of a courtroom.

  4. What advice would you give to others looking to work in-house?

    Start by working in the corporations legal department; just get your foot in the door. Become a real people person and excel at your job, the upper level management will take you the rest of the way.

  5. What is a typical day like for you as an attorney working in-house?

    I am a manager so it is a little different because I oversee the multiple attorneys handling over 1600 files. I answer a lot of questions and execute many documents for court.

  6. What was your title/is your title in your current position in-house?

    Assistant Vice-President; Operations Team Manager

  7. How does your experience compare with your peers who chose other sorts of legal jobs?

    I am in the corporate world so I have typical 9:00 to 5:00 hours. I don't really have to go home and prepare for a case as most of the issues get settled out of court.

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