By: Donnie Morgan, Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Matt Elliott, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath; Mitchell L. Osterday, Barnes & Thornburg
Public service is immensely rewarding work. Yet many public service attorneys eventually find themselves thinking about life in the private sector. Contemplating a move to the private sector can be exciting — or sometimes intimidating. It should probably be both. Like public service, private practice brings with it both pros and cons.
At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, IndyBar’s Government Practice Section will host a panel discussion at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, 300 N. Meridian St., Suite 2500, confronting these concerns head-on and sharing personal experiences from several lawyers who have transitioned from public service to the private sector.
The panelists have worked in a variety of state and local government roles as well as in private firms and in-house positions. Panelists include Donnie Morgan, Taft; Lyndsay Miller, FHL Bank; Matt Elliott, Faegre Drinker; Mitchell Osterday, Barnes & Thornburg; and Sean Gorman, Office of the Inspector General.
Our panelists have identified several questions to consider when making this decision:
• Why did we choose to spend part of a career in public service? In other words, what drew us to public service in the first place?
• What key experiences have we had in the public sector that have proven useful in the private sector? And how might a public sector lawyer leverage and market that experience when seeking private sector jobs?
• What are the best parts about working in the private sector and, conversely, what are the reasons to stay in the public sector?
• What are the ethical considerations of leaving public service?
• How do you navigate post-employment conflicts?
Hear answers to these questions (along with practical advice related to many more!) and earn all-important year-end CLE during this interactive discussion. The panel will also feature discussion with the Indiana state ethics director, Sean Gorman, about the ethical concerns to be aware of when leaving the public sector. Attendees can chat with our panelists and each other during a social hour immediately following this program, courtesy of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath.
To learn more about this event and to register, visit the events and education page at indybar.org.•