(Courtesy of DLA Piper) On January 4, the DLA Piper Israel Group hosted a forum at DLA Piper’s New York office for legal professionals looking to explore ways to shift their careers to Israel. Representatives from a number of top Israeli law firms, foreign law firms with Israeli practices, and Israel-connected companies shared their perspectives on what a legal career can look like in Israel; how those looking to transfer their career to Israel can acquire the necessary skills and experiences; the importance of Hebrew language skills; working in an Israeli environment; and other relevant issues.
Across the board, speakers communicated that there are many opportunities for lawyers in Israel, and that successful shifting of a career requires both thinking outside the box and being open to new paths and the possibility of a different type of career than originally anticipated. Nefesh B’Nefesh partnered with DLA Piper to publicize the event, which was attended by a diverse crowd of over 110 law students, junior associates and senior lawyers, partners at both small firms and big law, and in-house counsel.
In addition to Jeremy Lustman (partner and Head of DLA Piper’s Israel Group) and Naomi Maryles (managing director at DLA Piper), speakers were Yuval Fessler (head of Arnon, Tadmor-Levy New York); Chaim Friedland (partner, Gornitzky & Co.); Frayda Ginsburg (deputy general counsel, Cross River Bank); Rick Mann (partner, Goldfarb Gross Seligman); Josh Opperer (partner, Honigman LLP); Ben Sandler (partner, Arnon, Tadmor-Levy); Mark Selinger (shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP); Tomer
Shani (managing director, MeitarNY Inc., Meitar Law Offices); and Joseph Turitz (chief legal office secretary, BioCatch).
Attendees shared that they were inspired by the positivity of the event and expressed their appreciation for the valuable information and insights. The DLA Piper Israel Group is planning a similar forum for lawyers in London during the last week in January and one for investment professionals in New York in the coming months.