Rachael M. Bushey, a partner and chair of Life Sciences and vice chair of the Health Sciences Department of Pepper Hamilton, was quoted in the April 27, 2018 The American Lawyer article, "The Big Law Boomerang That Brings In-House Attorneys Back to Firms."
Rachael Bushey, a partner at Pepper Hamilton, shares a similar sentiment, thinking back on her time at West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. As an in-house lawyer, she says, she was often frustrated when dealing with law firms.
"There is a whole side of it that as an outside lawyer, we don't see," Bushey says. So in rejoining Pepper Hamilton, she decided, "I could be really valuable to clients because I know what it's like."
Likewise, Bushey says her time away from the law firm "paid in spades." But she too cautioned against taking a highly specific legal department role that would limit exposure to other aspects of the legal department and business as a whole.
"I think more lawyers should do it. They become more valuable," she says. "[But] they need to make sure they're going into the right company at the right level."