Law360 quoted Joe Boccassini in an article discussing where firms are hiring. Real estate has emerged as one of the busiest practice areas in which New Jersey law firms are hiring as the state continues its climb out of the recession, while intellectual property and corporate compliance have also found themselves in high demand in the wake of regulatory updates and landmark court rulings.
Attorneys fluent in those specialties and others, such as corporate transactional work, are hot commodities in the Garden State even as areas such as business litigation remains slow compared to earlier years, law firm leaders and other experts say.
One thing that’s sure to catch a hiring manager’s attention is a candidate with ready-made clients, although new talent won’t necessarily get overlooked.
“We, like all firms, are looking for partners and even senior associates with transportable books of business,” said McCarter & English LLP’s Joseph T. Boccassini, a partner in the firm’s business litigation group and a member of the firm’s executive committee. “We’re also looking for more junior attorneys — exceptionally talented first-, second- and third-year associates who figure to be the future leaders of our firm.”