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Everyday I talk with attorneys seeking to make a lateral move. And every day I find that while people are often quick to express the reason(s) spurring their desire for change - work is slow at their firm, partnership is not looking plausible, they feel pressured by the firm to bring in business they feel they cannot, they have a personality issue with a particular partner, etc. - it is sometimes the case that the thinking and planning has ended with the attorney's conclusion: "I need/want to leave my firm."Rather than stand as a conclusion, this stance should serve as a starting point for self-evaluation. You should ask yourself two key questions: 1) What do I want from a new firm? 2) How do I plan to get there?
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