Making a lateral move as an attorney makes sense in today's market

From all indications, making a lateral move is the hottest ticket in town these days for associates looking for a shortcut to the top.

Lateraling, driven by the war for legal talent, has become an efficient and accepted means of escalating earnings and parlaying experience into valued expertise, not to mention a viable means of erasing past errors and indiscretions from the conscious memory of colleagues and supervisors.

In fact, serial lateraling - now a pandemic phenomenon - belies a legendary myth about law careers: that stars stay and losers leave. Today, more than ever, stars are on the move. Their mobility suggests that changing jobs is both an opportunity and obligation as they stake a claim for long-term professional development and career agility.