Steve Hirschfeld | Loving the Law and Building a Global Referral Network of Friends

Steve-HirschfeldSteve Hirschfeld is a founding and co-managing partner of Hirschfeld Kraemer, LLP, an employment law boutique based in San Francisco. He is also the founder and CEO of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), the world’s largest provider of employment law solutions. The ELA has over 3,000 attorneys from six continents and over 100 countries. On top of all of that, Steve is an avid vacationer, adventurer, and, more recently, winemaker.


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

  • Steve Hirschfeld chats about one of his favorite pastimes, wine
  • How food and wine helped Steve create the Employment Law Alliance (ELA)
  • The difference between referral networks and the ELA
  • The three pillars (or legs) of the ELA’s success: referrals, fellowship, and friendship
  • Steve discusses the challenges he has faced in his career
  • How Steve is preparing for the future and successorship of the ELA
  • What Steve has learned about millennials in the workplace and how they carry the spirit of the ‘60s
  • Steve’s advice to lawyers who want to grow a thriving practice
  • Where to get in touch with Steve Hirschfeld and learn more about the Employment Law Alliance

In this episode…

What inspired you to become a lawyer? For many, this decision follows a similar pattern: you are about to graduate from college and, unsure of what else to do, opt for law school. Or, you decide to go into law in pursuit of big paydays.

However, according to Steve Hirschfeld of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), pursuing law for all the wrong reasons is what leads to burnout, unhappiness, and a lack of camaraderie in your field. That’s why he founded the ELA: to facilitate referrals, fellowship, and friendship among lawyers.

In this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge, Elise Holtzman sits down with Steve Hirschfeld, founder and CEO of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), to chat about how to build a happy and successful career in law. Listen in as Steve discusses how food and wine have factored into his success, why he identifies so heavily with the millennial generation, and the importance of prioritizing time off.

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