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Anyone with experience transferring Biglaw offices? Second year at a mid-sized east coast regional. Plan to move to Seattle when I become eligible to waive into WA. Staying with the current firm is not tenable (consistently billing over 250 because the firm won’t hire laterals and has experienced several mass exoduses). Trying to decide whether to focus on firms with Seattle offices or to take the next decent offer.

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You’re thinking of transferring offices or lateraling to a new firm?

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Honestly very firm dependent. Some make transfers hard. You could also just take the bar. I would just apply to the CA EC VC firms tbh. They all have Seattle offices and seem open to remote so maybe they would let you do remote until you waive in for transfer.

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I don’t think transferring office is that easy, so if you already know that you’re moving to Seattle down the road, you might as well just wait and lateraling to a Seattle firm directly.

How kong have you been billing over 250/month for?

I’ve hit 250 every month this year except February unfortunately.

Why not just move now? The bar sucks, but it doesn’t suck that much. Do you have other reasons to wait? The more senior you get, the more it matters that you’ve built up a good reputation at your firm/with your partners, I would avoid more lateral moves than you need, but it’s not the end of the world. But targeting east coast firms with Seattle offices (provided your practice group has a strong presence in both offices) sounds like a decent idea to get you some flexibility. And then target working for partners in the Seattle offices so you can start building those relationships. You can always lateral again in a couple years if you don’t like the new firm/they’re not amenable to you transferring, although not ideal. I hope you’re making a move to biglaw. No reason to bill those kinds of hours and make less than top of market for it. Most biglaw isn’t even that high.

Unfortunately the only market paying firms in Seattle are the CA firms/those are the best landing options (though many have offices in at least NY).

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