Question: I am a mid/upper-level associate at a top firm in a large Midwestern city. Although my reviews have generally been positive, my partnership chances are murky and I still have several years to wait until a vote. However, I have recently brought in my first substantial client.
I have been offered a position with a much smaller (20 to 25-attorney) firm. The new firm would basically match my salary, and I'd be "considered" for partnership in a year (for what that's worth), with the managing partner implying I'd be a shoo-in when the time comes.
I am concerned about the move for several reasons. First, my husband and I may (but may not) want to relocate in several years, and I know moving to a smaller firm will complicate matters. Second, there has been significant change in the composition of the partnership at the new firm over the last five years - I am concerned about stability.
Do you think this opportunity is worth pursuing? If so, what sorts of hard-hitting questions do you think I should ask about the turnover, and the structure of the firm's partnership, to make sure I know what I'm getting into? In short, how does one do due diligence in this situation? READ MORE >
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Article type: Moving Up as an Attorney
Networking. It's really not a dirty word. In fact, it's something you should be doing regularly, consciously and with purpose. As a legal recruiter, I regularly meet with some surprised reactions when I ask what networking a candidate is doing on her own. The surprise, I've found, often stems from a belief that if an attorney has particular credentials and enough experience, she does not need to engage in networking. It's as if networking is only for the weak and lesser qualified, and/or the brown-nosing, aggressive types. READ MORE >
Everyone knows that the country’s biggest cities, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, are, not surprisingly, also the country’s biggest markets for legal employment. If you have spent your legal career to date in one of these large markets, it’s possible (if not probable) that the thought of working in a smaller market has never crossed your mind. But if you are in fact looking for a new position, you should consider living and working in a smaller market - like Philadelphia, Baltimore, Rochester, or Northern Virginia, for example – and here’s why: READ MORE >
Question: How do I know that my firm is the problem? Will I be happier at another firm, or are they all just basically the same? READ MORE >
Question:I am a Non-Equity Tax Partner at a large law firm and am considering a lateral law firm move, however I do not have any portable business. Will there be viable lateral opportunities for someone like me? READ MORE >
Question: I’m a senior associate, and my firm wants me to start marketing and getting business for the firm. However, I feel it is more important to focus on my legal practice, and bill lots of hours. Learning marketing seems like a low priority - after all, it isn’t billable. I didn’t choose law just to end up doing sales. Besides, a high biller has job security, right? READ MORE >
Question: I'm a fourth year corporate attorney and I have just started searching for a new job because my current firm does not support my efforts in business development. I have some small clients that have been with me for a year (but nothing substantial) and potential new clients in the pipelines. Should I put together a business plan or is it too premature? READ MORE >
I am a 53-year-old corporate lawyer who graduated from a top law school and has over 25 years of experience as a sole practitioner. I have handled large clients and very sophisticated deals. I am tired of the administrative responsibility of running my own shop, but I'm not ready to retire. I've talked to a number of recruiters, but none are willing to represent me to a firm. I'm not ready to be ''put out to pasture,'' and I consider this age discrimination. What should I do? READ MORE >
Article type: Moving Up as an Attorney
I am contemplating making a lateral move and want some guarantees regarding my progression prospects (i.e., promotion to partnership) if I am going to switch law firms. Is this something I can reasonably expect from law firms and should I try to get a commitment from a law firm regarding my progression prospects? READ MORE >