The hot summer months of July and the much-anticipated ''holiday'' downtime of August prompt many foreign associates and partners to review their careers more closely. Very often, such close examination leads to thoughts of a lateral move to U.S. practice, which promises cutting-edge work and high-market-value deals. This summer, however, making a lateral move to U.S. practice has been rendered more difficult due to increasing visa restrictions and already-met quotas as of April 2007. This article will address some of the more common questions I am fielding from associates abroad who wish to practice in New York or another top U.S. legal market.
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