The Essential Resource for Ambitious Young Lawyers

The legal industry is radically different than it was just a decade ago. This presents both challenges and opportunities for young law firm associates. No longer can young lawyers sit back and wait for opportunities to fall into their laps. But never before have more tools and options been available that allow entrepreneurial-minded lawyers to stand out and rise to the top of the profession.

Jay Harrington’s new book, The Essential Associate, is an Amazon best seller that helps young lawyers not just survive, but thrive in today’s competitive law firm environment. It is a step-by-step guide for mastering both the practice and business of law, and includes the insights of dozens of successful lawyer, general counsel at Fortune 500 companies, and leading consultants to the legal industry.


Interested in buying multiple copies? A 10% discount will be applied at checkout for orders of ten or more copies. In addition, for bulk orders of 100 or more copies, or if you need copies shipped to multiple locations, please contact Jay Harrington at


If you prefer, you can purchase The Essential Associate on Amazon—both print and Kindle versions available. 



Take Action! Become an Essential Associate


The “90-Day Personal Brand Building Road Map” builds on the lessons taught in The Essential Associate, and will help you to put its prescriptions into practice. It includes twelve weeks worth of activities and action steps that will help you craft your personal brand and project your expertise to the marketplace. Want to build a strong network and reputation that lays the foundation for future business development? This Road Map will help you to gain momentum and move forward on the actions necessary to build a book of business. If you'd like to distribute the Road Map to multiple attorneys in your firm, please contact Jay Harrington for bulk pricing. 



“Jay Harrington’s insights on how to become an Essential Associate are spot on. He provides practical advice on what action steps to take to succeed in becoming a valuable team member and a better lawyer.”

— Brian McCarthy, Managing Partner L.A. Office, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom


The Essential Associate combines a wealth of practical insights into a readable story well attributed to interesting historical figures, giants of industry, and hands on practitioners who have been in the trenches in recent years dealing with a profession that has become a business.”

— William Gilbride, Partner at Abbott Nicholson


The Essential Associate is a must read for every new BigLaw associate and, for that matter, young associates at every size firm. If every young associate reads this book within the first six months of beginning practice, and put its lessons to work in their daily practice, their careers will benefit immeasurably.”

— William McKenna, Partner at Foley & Lardner



Speaking and Workshop Engagements


Interested in having Jay Harrington speak or conduct a workshop for your law firm’s associates or summer associates? Jay is available to present in-person at associate gatherings, retreats, and training events, as well as digitally via webinar. His talks and workshops cover several areas of associate professional development, such as personal branding, network building, and productivity. Contact Jay at or 313-432-0287 to discuss your firm’s needs and pricing.

Speaking and workshop pricing discount available to firms that purchase 50 or more books.