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Decision - I was out the door of my nationwide ins dfense firm. Was going to top local firm with a lot more clout where everything would be private pay and I’d be more on bigger exposure cases. However, my firm outmatched the new firm, made a much better bonus structure, and said I could do more work with their complex bus lit group. I’d still likely do about 50 percent ins defense but I really like the partners I work for, and I handle own cases/take depos, and get autonomy. Am I right to stay?

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I think it is important to consider the way your current firm handles cases if it is primarily an ID shop. The firm likely takes on a great volume of work to make up for lower billable rates. Even if you take on bigger cases, the firms business model may be such that you don’t have the time or resources to work them up like you would at a non ID firm. Plus, I find that the smaller cases end up taking a disproportionate amount of time to handle, so if you are still expected to work smaller ID stuff in addition to the new cases, you may not be able to focus on the bigger cases as much as you want. I’d also consider the reasons you are leaving and whether all of your frustrations will be solved by staying. ID firms are often structured in a way to play the insurance game (I.e., save $$), so if being short handed on staffing and lack of mentorship are factors for you, those likely will not change.

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Also give some thought as to why the opportunities at your current firm were not made available to you before you let them know about leaving. In particular, whether they would truthfully make those adjustments if you stay. Furthermore, trust in your judgment regarding why you wanted to leave in the first place. The people I know who stayed after their firm came back with a better offer only stayed for a year or two before leaving. Often, it was because the firm was still much of the same.

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How close to partnership are you?

This is also important. Two sides of the coin here. If you have good shot at partner and are close to being up for consideration, some people would say stay until you make it for the title and $$, then try to lateral. On the other hand, if you don’t have a book and want to move up to a bigger firm, you may not be able to lateral as a partner. In fact, if new firm charges different rates or does different work, an ID book might not be attractive to them. In that case, you’d be better off lateraling while you still can as an associate because the new firm may not be an option once you’re a partner.

You accepted the other offer?

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