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062 Inside the General Counsel’s Office – An Interview with David Susler Part 1

In this episode, Christina Martini and David Susler discuss: 

  • David’s professional journey and how long he has been practicing law. 
  • The value in observing legal issues and solving problems from different vantage points, whether as defense lawyer to plaintiff’s lawyer, or switching from private practice to in-house. 
  • Embracing new things and finding a comfort zone outside of your comfort zone. 
  • Challenges and rewards as an in-house attorney and general counsel. 


Key Takeaways: 

  • Your professional aspirations evolve over time, so keep the door open for new opportunities and leverage your relationships. 
  • Skills you learn as a practicing attorney are often practice-area agnostic. 
  • Find what you love so you can love what you do.  


“My job is risk management. Ultimately, my job, as an in-house lawyer, is risk management. When I know I’ve given my business leaders the confidence to pursue their business plans, that’s extremely rewarding.” —  David Susler 


About David Susler: David is Associate General Counsel of National Material LP. An attorney with 30 years’ experience in both private practice and as in-house attorney, David provides an insightful and valuable perspective on what it means to be both an effective legal partner and trusted advisor. 


Connect with David Susler: 


Twitter:  @DavidSusler 

LinkedIn: David Susler 


Connect with Christina Martini: 


Twitter: @TinaMartini10 


LinkedIn: Christina Martini 





Show notes by Podcastologist: Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie 


Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You’re the expert. Your podcast will prove it.


About the author, Christina Martini

For nearly 25 years, Christina (Tina) Martini has been an intellectual property attorney practicing in BigLaw. Tina is a partner at the law firm McDermott Will & Emery and focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark and copyright law, as well as domain name, Internet, social media, advertising and unfair competition law.

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