Daniel Wiig | How In-House Lawyering Really Differs From Private Practice

Daniel Wiig

Daniel Wiig is a sought-after attorney with demonstrated expertise in the legal, nonprofit, and academic sectors. He is also Host of the Amicus Curiae Podcast, a recently-launched series from the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA).

By day, Daniel is the Associate General Counsel for the City University of New York (CUNY), where he handles various legal affairs affecting the largest urban university system in the US. By night, he is Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section for the New York State Bar Association.

As someone heavily involved in various associations, committees, and in-house legal practices, Daniel has a grasp on the benefits and drawbacks when it comes to deciding if in-house or private practice lawyering is the right choice for you. Whichever path you choose, he offers this advice for young and experienced lawyers alike: be involved and efficient in your professional career, but don’t overextend yourself.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Daniel Wiig shares why he’s in so many organizations, projects, and committees
  • What prompted Daniel to start the Amicus Curiae Podcast?
  • The differences between in-house and private practice
  • Daniel describes his experience working as an in-house lawyer
  • What are the benefits of bar association involvement?
  • How bar associations can become more relevant for young lawyers
  • The importance of being efficient in your practice

In this episode…

With so many career-building options, it can be difficult for lawyers to decide which track to take. Should they go the in-house or private practice route? Are industry associations the right way to build a career? What associations should they join?

Daniel Wiig is here to share how lawyers can figure out their path to improvement. According to Daniel, neither in-house nor private practice are better than the other — it all depends on a lawyer’s preferences. However, joining associations can help all lawyers build their network, gain referrals, and develop a positive reputation.

In this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge Podcast,  Elise Holtzman sits down with Daniel Wiig, Associate General Counsel for the City University of New York and Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section for the New York State Bar Association. Together, they discuss how Daniel’s involvement in the industry has shaped his career, the differences between in-house and private practice, and how bar associations can cater to the new generation of lawyers.

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Sponsor for this episode…

This episode is brought to you by The Lawyer’s Edge, a firm based in the New York metropolitan area founded by Elise Holtzman in 2008 to help lawyers become skilled business developers and leaders so that they can grow their practices, retain top talent, and step confidently into leadership roles.

The firm offers customized coaching, consulting, and training programs such as their signature business development program, Lawyers Making Rain.

Now more than ever, it’s not enough to just do good work and hope your law firm will thrive. And no matter how smart and hard-working you are, it can be time-consuming and overwhelming to figure it all out by yourself.

To learn more about how we help lawyers become rainmakers and leaders, visit thelawyersedge.com or email us at podcast@thelawyersedge.com.


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