Why Moving to a Large Firm is Favorable to Certain Practice Areas
[00:00:00] I moved from Florida to Massachusetts. I came from a mid-size, well-known firm in Florida, with a nationally recognized practice. I had a hard time finding a job in Boston but now I work at a small firm in Boston. I'm happy there, but the benefits are lacking. I've been in practice for 11 years. Would, I have a good outlook to move into a larger firm?
No. It would depend on your practice. If your practice area is something like corporate, then yes, probably could move to a larger firm. If your practice area is IP, like patents, I would say yes. Most transactional stuff is real estate. I would also say yes.
And then I would say litigation, probably not,
So it just depends on your practice area.
Consumer, trust in the states, which is very active right now, I would say yes.
But the problem with the market like Florida to Boston, when you get into Boston, think about what Boston has. Boston has Harvard, it's got Boston university. Ultimately great schools around that.
Also, it's a feeder market for top graduates and it's [00:01:00] also not a huge market. Those are some of the problems with Boston. That makes it a little bit difficult to get a position.
It just depends on your practice area.
But if you're in the right practice area, you typically could move to a larger law firm. Just remember that--
One to five years of experience is the sweet spot.
Once you get to 11 years, you should theoretically be a partner.
You need to be in a practice area with a lot of work.
I'm not saying you need to be a partner, but I'm just saying, you're competing with other associates and other people. Law firms typically have a little bit of an issue with older attorneys just because they think they know everything and, a bunch of different reasons. They prefer younger hungrier people.
I hate to say it because, if I was working in a law firm, I wouldn't be considered young either.