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Any tips for taking the first cut at marking up primary transaction agreements? Are there any particular issues you look for or flag for client input?

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What’s your most fulfilling pro bono accomplishment?

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Anyone made the jump to work at a RWI broker? I'm an m+a lawyer at a v20. I'm looking for the elusive work life balance

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Currently looking to lateral to another biglaw firm from an NYC V25 firm. I’m open to NYC/SF/LA/DC. Does anyone’s firm permit (1) the full mega back door Roth, and (2) the trading of options on single… more

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Associate WFH decides they want to spend all of quarantine (6+ months) in another state, and starts working from their “vacation house.” Associate’s home state does not have income tax, vacation state… more

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New to billing and having trouble getting used to the concept that I get sick time only if I make up all the hours later. On sick days, I am not able to work, even at home. There must be lawyers out t… more

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What is your firm’s policy on how long an associate should have been with the firm before they’re eligible for paid maternity leave?

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I hate my job. I'm being bullied and harassed by my bosses. I've confirmed my firm doesn't have any policies against recording (non client facing) work conversations so I just record and t… more

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After you are stealth laid off, other than job search, what do you do? I assume they won’t give you work and even if they do, you can politely decline? How do you feel about you are not progressing an… more

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I am a 2nd year associate working with a 5th year who passes my work off as his own to the partner. I run redlines of the draft I sent him and 90% of the time there are NO changes. What can I do?

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What’s the difference between a “litigator” and a “trial attorney”?

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Imposter Syndrome: I'm a first year V50 partner in a specialty in which bringing in clients is necessary (i.e., not a service partner). Even less than a year into it, the stress is borderline over… more

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Do you work with a financial advisor? I’m a few weeks in, and I’m already getting hounded by advisors wanting to “set up a time to chat.”

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Tax Attorney vs Corporate Attorney. Who makes more? Has more job security and career options?

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I am currently practicing insurance litigation but am looking to transition into corporate law (M&A, private equity). I have heard horror stories about this practice area though. I am looking for … more

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Junior cap markets associate at a V25 and I'm on track this month to bill 280+ hrs at my current rate and more in October. I'm miserable doing deal work with a group I have shown zero interest… more

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I'm at a V20 firm in nyc doing pe m&a and its getting exhausting to always be working on trying to sign or close a transaction. Is going to somewhere like cooley, gunderson or goodwin where it… more

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Loaded question but asking under cloak of anonymity: for those that this question applies, around how much was your engagement ring? And comparing it to the SO’s salary - did it follow the 2/3 months … more

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Do firms still have hiring freezes?

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I see many ppl setting boundaries for a balanced life (e.g. putting phones down to eat or before bed) but I can’t do it because I feel I have something more to prove. Anyone else? Any words of advice?

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I’m hearing rumblings of an s&c match. Can anyone confirm?

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Has anyone had a live jury trial since covid? We could potentially have one in the next 30-45 days. I have team members who very strongly do not want to travel to urban areas and potentially be expos… more

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I am fairly confident I can become a service partner at my firm. At the same time, I work in a field where clients are very, very difficult to come by, and therefore fear being a service partner havin… more

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Does anyone have information on Massumi + Consoli in Los Angeles? Former K&E partners opened an M&A boutique. Culture? Pay? Etc.

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Has anyone ever worked as a staff attorney position at an AmLaw 100 firm? Is the position worth it? (I.e. what’s the experience and work like?) And what’s the salary range? I’m a third year litigator … more

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Rising corporate second yr in biglaw. I have no interest in corp, finance, or pretty much anything I do. I want to leave the corporate world. I think I would be happy going into counseling for college… more

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BigLaw bonuses this week - post them ASAP as they come in

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Is it possible to have a dog while working in an unpredictable practice area like M&A or capmarkets?

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How much debt did you graduate with and how long did it take you to pay it off? Also, if your loans are currently with a national bank please give your current interest rate.

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Mid-level litigation associate in NY in the process of lateraling to another NYC big law firm. What are your experiences with signing bonuses / true up of year end bonus?

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Mid-level here. Has anyone gotten their firm to approve their doing work at a deep discount and, if so, what strategies did you use? A potential client approached me directly about a small matter (~20… more

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Is all biglaw (especially interested in NYC) created equal? What, in your opinion, are the best and worst firms, and the best and the worst practice groups?

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Just sent my paralegals and assistant postmates gift cards. Just a nudge in case you’ve been wanting to say thanks to those who help you but you keep putting it off.

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It’s the never receiving a shred of gratitude after closing a deal you busted your ass on for three weeks for me. Truly the best culture, really appreciate the firm’s focus on camaraderie during a pan… more

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I’m a judicial law clerk for a bankruptcy judge. I’m looking for general advice about transitioning into private practice in RX. Is it better to start at a bigger or mid sized firm, and what are the… more

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Anyone have advice for dealing with a difficult secretary? I am a first year and my secretary is at least 30 years older than me and works also for the managing partner. She is very non responsive and… more

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Anyone leave being a lawyer to work in consulting-- alix, duff and phelps, primeclerk-- do you regret it? What were the pros and cons?

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“Compensation Leader” Kirkland and Ellis Humiliates Itself on the World Stage! Not only don’t they drink the Cooley Kool-Aid, they spit in the punch bowl!!! Who’s Next?!?!

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Fisher Phillips insight? Non-primary lcol market, 5 yrs experience, exploring l&e shops

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