This attorney's academics are also stellar, which I think really helped him in landing at a large national firm. He attended a local Los Angeles-based school that has a great network and great connections within the LA community, and even though its national ranking isn't stellar, it is well respected in the Los Angeles legal community. He graduated in the top 5% of his class, with a GPA of 4.02, cum laude, Order of the Coif, etc. He was also on his school's law review. These are the sorts of credentials that a large national firm is going to want to see, especially from a general litigator and especially from someone who didn't attend a Top 20 law school and isn't currently at a large national firm.
I worked with this candidate for about four to five months. He was careful in approving firms, only approving me to submit him to firms that he was genuinely interested in lateraling to (which I appreciated). Sometimes, candidates approve all firms that I send them and then later balk when a firm requests an interview, which doesn't make the candidate or myself look very good. This candidate did not do that. Throughout the process, he obtained three interviews at large national firms, and one interview at a mid-sized California-based firm. One of the interviews that he got was at a Top Am Law 100 firm, because they liked his appellate experience, but he ended up declining the interview because they wanted him to join their Insurance Litigation group, and he wasn't interested in this type of work. For the other two interviews, one wanted more real estate litigation experience than he had, and the other, the firm went with another candidate. But, I could tell that he was a strong candidate throughout the process, as he kept getting interviews with large national firms.
This candidate makes a base salary of $125K at his current boutique firm, and the firm that ended up offering him offered a base of $195K, with a salary bump with the rest of his class year in January (it is now the end of August). It goes without saying that this is a huge salary bump for this candidate! The candidate accepted the offer the morning after he received it. He is very excited to finally land at a large national firm after four years of practice, and I couldn't be happier for him! He deserves this opportunity, and I know that he will excel at his new large national firm home!