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Cover of June 2015 issue of LexpertHandout

Corporate law firms have never been a great fit for the rebellious. With a few exceptions, the culture demands that associates never challenge the firm or senior partners. So what to do if you're a senior associate and feeling underappreciated? Can you have "the talk" without blowing up your (less than stellar) prospects?

Carrie Heller, the president of the Heller Group Legal and Executive Search, says associates do have these types of conversations, and the best way to get results is to go in there prepared.

"Make sure you have a clear picture of your numbers, your hours, your reviews," she says. "Be ready to talk about your business-development activities over the past couple of years, and bring a business plan for the future if you have one. You want to come to the table with all that information."

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