Research is obviously a key ingredient to placing any attorney into a suitable law firm, but this is particularly the case when attempting to place partners. Because partners tend to reflect upon the law firm more so than any single associate could, a partner who does not fit with his/her law firm is going to stick out like a sore thumb. Associates obviously should not be cast into a firm that does not fit them, but a sly enough associate will most likely be able to make him/herself fit in if he/she wants it enough. Partners, on the other hand, are unlikely to want to change their ways and are even more unlikely to be accepted by other partners, who all have at least some things in common to have worked their way up in the same firm. This is why it is important to cover all of your bases when researching to match an attorney at the partner level with an appropriate firm. You really need to do both parties justice, or it just will not work.
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