To Boutique or Not to Boutique

Differences Between BigLaw and Boutique Firms for Attorneys
 

Moving from a large general practice firm to a smaller boutique environment requires a good deal of forethought and may require some significant adjustments. Recently, I spoke with a senior associate that was working at a boutique firm. She had been there for less than a year and had previously worked for a number of years at an AmLaw 100 law firm. I could hear the frustration in her voice about having made a move that she thought was definitely the wrong move for her career. Although obviously a very bright and accomplished attorney, she unfortunately had not considered the significant differences that can exist between large firm practice and practicing in a smaller boutique environment. Attorneys moving to a smaller boutique environment from a large general practice firm would be well advised to take note of some of the significant differences that may impact their daily practice.