Martha Ann Sisson, Esq.
Martha Ann collaborates with law firms, corporations and other non-firm consumers of legal counsel in structuring and enhancing their search efforts for associate, partner level and practice group additions. Her practice also focuses on working with individual attorneys and practice groups in evaluating and obtaining opportunities most compatible with their interests and practice needs.
Martha Ann regularly participates in local and national bar association panels and speaks at NALP and WALRAA sponsored programs. She has spoken or written on topics concerning strategic growth prioritization, effective lateral integration techniques, job transition issues and best practices regarding hiring and retention of attorneys. Recently she contributed a chapter on vetting lateral partner and practice group acquisitions for inclusion in Maximizing Law Firm Profitability, Law Journal Press, 2008. In connection with her extensive in-house counsel practice, she has advised corporate law departments on the establishment of offices of general counsel and provided related guidance on the structure and function of roles within legal departments. Martha Ann also has served as an advisor to a consulting firm on its inaugural study of corporate law departments’ resource allocation strategies.
Martha Ann is a former board member of a national not for profit organization and served on the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia for six years. She also is a past recipient of the BADC's Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Martha Ann is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and the University of Richmond, magna cum laude. She lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and their welsh terriers.
Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements:
- Author, Hocus Pocus or Reality: Evaluating the Soundness of Portable Client Relationships and Revenues—Proof or Poof?
(Excerpt from Maximizing Law Firm Profitability, Susan G. Manch and Marcia P. Shannon, Law Journal Press, 2008)
- Author, “A Primer on Becoming An In-House Counsel,” (Article prepared for and published on Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Alumni Extranet, 2008)
- Author, “In Pursuit of In-House: Interviewing Tools,” (Article prepared for and published on Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Alumni Extranet, 2008)
- Speaker, “All About Recruiters” (Georgetown University Law Center, April 2009)
- Speaker, “Lateral Partner and Associate On-Boarding” (NALP Conference, April 2009)
- Speaker, “Your In-House Job Search” (Washington Metro Area Corporate Counsel Association, Spring 2007)
- Speaker, “How to Maximize Working with a Legal Recruiter” (Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association luncheon, January 2007)
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