How Transferable Skills Help Lawyer Change Careers - James McCormick

In Chapter 5 of 12 in his 2010 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, legal career advisor James McCormick shares how his experience working in employee benefits and compensation law prepared him for an executive recruiting career. Working with candidates, employees, hiring firms, and intermediaries, McCormick learns how benefits and compensation decisions are valued, negotiated, and made. James McCormick is a Vice President at Empire Search Partners ( in New York City. Before transitioning into legal career advisory services, McCormick practiced law as an employee benefits and executive compensation attorney for both Proskauer Rose ( and Jones Day ( He holds a JD from Tulane University Law School ( and a BA in History from the University of Michigan (