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  • For better or worse, the world of law relies on the precedence that attorneys will always want to ascend to large and prestigious law firms.
  • Even partners who have been at firms for decades seek to move up to more notable firms.
  • This article demonstrates how moving to a prestigious firm is not beyond the grasp of most attorneys who are currently practicing law.

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If I was to call any attorney in Los Angeles practicing at a "lesser firm" and tell them Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher was interested in interviewing them, most of these attorneys, regardless of their friends in their current law firm, regardless of loyalty issues, and regardless of salary issues, would agree to go on an interview. It would not matter if they were a partner or an associate.

A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

The fact remains that many attorneys are continually interested in working for more prestigious law firms to increase both their earning potential and career prospects.

Although this is not always the case, this notion of "moving up" and working for a more renowned law firm is prevalent in the profession. I've spoken with partners who have been at the same firm for 40 years, and they have stated that they are still very interested in working for a "better" firm.

On its face, I believe there is something wrong with this trend; however, it is the way this profession works. Because of this, I can only surmise that this is incredibly important to most attorneys (it was to me at one time as well), so I am going to tell you exactly what you need to do in order to move up to a more prestigious firm. In fact, almost any attorney can wind up at one of these top firms if they follow my advice.

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