Departures from a law firm are complicated for any attorney, but for a partner the details can be quite intricate. Please note: First and foremost, the interests of your clients should be absolutely paramount. Consultation with existing ABA and state bar guidelines on firm transition is suggested.

Transition Tips for Partners Changing Firms

Below you will find a list of important considerations for partners when changing firms. You will also find suggested practices for maintaining relationships, as well as obligations from a legal and moral perspective.

Before You Begin to Meet with New Firms

It’s important to review any existing employment agreement with your former firm to make sure you are in compliance with all provisions (pay particular attention to provisions regarding notice).

Practice discretion with your existing firm until you have consulted existing employment agreements and have cleared conflicts at your new firm (but also ensure that your actions are in compliance with existing ethical guidelines).