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I am lateraling. My start date is Sept. 7. I was planning on giving my current firm notice on Aug. 2 so my last day would be Aug. 13 and I would have a few weeks off before starting the new gig. Was j… more

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After years of thinking and overthinking and a ton of research I’ve decided to take the leap from attorney to legal recruiter. Are there any legal recruiters out there willing to have a conversation o… more

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I’m renegotiating my current pay package and I think we will get to a good compromise on total package if I get the right perks. What kind of perks have people been seeing lately? I’m Senior Counsel a… more

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Hope everyone is doing well! I’d love some advice. I currently work in house as an attorney for an entertainment company and was recently recruited for a corporate counsel position at a marketing comp… more

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I recently (4 months ago) moved from a Amlaw 15 firm (satellite) to a more regional firm with better ties to my market. Im a junior associate (less than 3 years). I’m having some second thoughts on … more

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Any legal recruiters looking to hire an attorney looking to get out of the practice as a legal recruiter?

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Finishing up a state appellate clerkship in NY and would like to work in big law after. Is that realistic? If so, how should I approach my post-clerkship job search?

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Looking to relocate from Central Fla to Michigan. I’ve been partner at insurance defense firms (did defense side 10 yrs) and currently doing plaintiff PI (last 3 yrs). Anyone know a good firm looking … more

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Just finished my 2nd year working insurance defence litigation,and moved in-house with an insurer a few months ago; however, I've concluded the work and career outlook are not for me. Looking at a… more

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Looking to make both a career and location move. Solo practitioner (general corporate/contract work) in DC looking to move to a large firm in CA doing data privacy. Barred in DC. Finishing up CIPP/US … more

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Tips on how to let a law firm know you have another offer? I have the final interview tomorrow at the firm and a partner indicated I’d get an offer but I just received another offer from a different c… more

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I have an interview today with a real estate law firm and as I’m preparing for potential questions, I can’t quite figure out the best way to answer to “why are you pursuing a non legal graduate progr… more

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How much of a mistake is it to go back into insurance defense if I ever want to do anything else? I did it for 3 years, lateraled to do coverage and bad faith lit right before the pandemic, ended up g… more

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What are the chances that an egregious typo in a thank you email after you already received a verbal offer but not yet written could cause the hiring person to rescind his offer? Lol

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Has anybody applied for state jobs? I've trying for the longest time but I have no luck it seems that the competition is very tough and has much more experience than me. Any tips? I live in Texas,… more

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How do you calculate two weeks notice, is it 2 calendar weeks from the day you give notice or two work weeks? How would you factor in a holiday (like Memorial Day)?

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I received an offer from a boutique litigation firm and a large law firm on the same day! I want to take a little time to consider both. What’s the typical time frame to respond?

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Any tips for gathering conflicts check information after receiving an offer? There are roughly 300 matters I’ve worked on in the past year. Unfortunately, my small firm doesn’t give attorneys access t… more

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I’m a foreign qualified lawyer who passed the NY Bar Exam recently. I’m looking to apply to law firms along the East Coast. How do I get in touch with a recruiter to help me with my job search?

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What is the protocol with talking with recruiters? I'm not pre se looking to move right now but if something with more money and flexibility regarding location opens up then I'm not opposed. … more

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Do you have any pointers for an associate looking to move to Dubai? I am in my seventh year of practice. I was admitted to the bar in March of 2015. My main areas of practice are Corporate, Commerc… more

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I'm considering an AGC position at a small but growing startup. The company is based in NY but everyone is working remotely. I would be 1 of 2 attorneys. Any thoughts on what I might expect as a c… more

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Any recommendations for good recruiting agencies in the Carolinas? Trying to find someone to help me navigate my potential lateral career options based on my experience and interests since I’ve been i… more

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Any recruiters looking for attorneys with healthcare litigation experience?

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Can anyone give me insight on the Nashville market big players? Bradley, Bass, Waller, BD & other major players? Reputation, quality of work, associate retention, etc.?

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I currently work as a personal injury lawyer at a small law firm, 5 years experience, graduated from T30 law school in 2015. Our subject area is pretty niche, and I am looking to branch out. Not big l… more

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Dear legal recruiters who used to work as attorneys: are you glad you made the switch? I think recruiting could be fun but I know how much I ignore recruiter emails daily so it makes me think it’s tou… more

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Is insurance coverage work marketable for in-house opportunities or potential lateral into big law? Please do not confuse for insurance defense. Two different animals.

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Any recruiter recommendations? In particular, I’m looking for someone who focuses on in-house placements (and who won’t try to force more biglaw opportunities on me to secure a higher commission). Tha… more

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I currently work at a medium sized firm and have about two years experience in personal injury litigation. The billable hours and lack of work life balance are really getting to me and I am looking to… more

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How is the market right now for international arbitration laterals?

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Any legal recruiters able to help me with expected hourly rate compared to salary? The company that let me go last month offered to have me return under contract even though the severance is still in… more

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Any legal recruiters looking to fill an in-house position in Tampa, Florida with a transactional attorney (general corporate, M&A, franchising) with 2-3 years experience? DM me!

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When lateraling to a new firm, what questions would you ask to make sure it’s worth it for you ?

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How do recruiters determine who to cold email "about an amazing position in [practice group]?"

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I am a lawyer with experience in big law and medium size law firms (2003-2009). I left law firms in 2009 to open a franchise business and have built it from $0 to $500,000 annual revenues. In that tim… more

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If a recruiter places someone at the firm, are they ethically/contractually precluded from working with that person to eventually leave the firm? Let's say it's been over a year.

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I am looking to go in-house and I thought all of the interviews went well at one company. A week after my last interview, the internal recruiter contacted me just to touch base. 3 days later, I receiv… more

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I am trying to get into IP. I got an LLM in IP with honors. I worked at a small plaintiff’s firm for 5 years but not much IP cases (2 or 3). How do I get noticed by bigger firms who practice IP?

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Staff Attorney here working in Big Law. 75% of my position is managing discovery. The remaining 25% is writing research memos and depo prep. Graduated from a low tier school in 2014 with a mediocre… more

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