The Top 5 Long-Term Benefits of Attorneys Remaining Employed With a Single Law Firm

If you go into any firm that has been around more than twenty or thirty years, you will inevitably find a handful of attorneys who have been there from the very beginning of their careers. These well-adjusted souls will typically report to work each day at a similar time and have managed to be the only ones presumably left in the law firm after generation upon generation of attorneys coming and going.
 
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

Many attorneys do last for decades in the same firm and there are characteristics which uniformly seem to characterize these sorts of attorneys. While I am a legal recruiter, I do have a great deal of respect for attorneys who in this day and age are able to "stay put" at the same firm for a long period of time and remain at a single firm throughout their careers. None of this is to say there are not really good and solid reasons for leaving a law firm or other legal environment if the going gets impossible. I am the first to admit that there are legal employment environments that can be intolerable for many. Nevertheless, you need to keep in mind that if a legal employer has been around for 30+ years, there is a chance the employer is doing something right. Before leaving, it is often wise to take inventory of yourself.

There are certain characteristics that tend to characterize attorneys who stick with the same legal employer for long lengths of time and also certain characteristics of this employment situation. These characteristics are discussed below: