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Partner Leaving to Start Own Firm Offers Associate Chance of Becoming Partner

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I am an associate at a big firm, who has just finished my 8th year. I was told in my last review that due to the economy, I wouldn't be up for partner for another several years. Confidentially, one of my partners has decided to leave the firm and start her own boutique firm and has asked me to join her. She has offered me partnership in her new firm and estimates that I will be compensated the same, if not more. Should I accept this new opportunity or is it too risky?
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