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First year associate trying to decide between practice groups (CapM & M&A). One CapM partner has taken a liking to me (introduces me to clients/partners in other offices, has me assist with BD), but hasn't directly given me much billable work. Most of my work to date is with the M&A group, whom I really like to. I feel the CapM partner would be disappointed if I chose M&A, but I'm hesitant to choose CapM solely for him, when I don't get many billables through him. Anyone have any guidance?

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I would advise you against choosing a group based on the people. Get a feel for the actual work in both practice groups, familiarize yourself with their lifestyles (or lack thereof), ask yourself what you want to do post law firm, which group would get you the desired exit opportunities and then make a determination. It’s your life and career - whether or not the CapM partner is disappointed is irrelevant and I assure you he wouldn’t make his career decisions based on how you feel. Besides, if he truly took an interest in you, he would choose to be your mentor even if you chose m&a.

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^^this. I’m in lit, but chose my group because of the people. Love the people, but turns out I hate the practice area and am now trying to get out of it.

Have you talked to the partner about not getting much work from him? If he wants you in the group, doesn't hurt to be frank about your hesitation. You could express concern about the group having sufficient volume of work to support your development, or merely wanting to make an informed choice but not having enough experience to decide yet. Whichever is true for you, and hopefully no hurt feelings if you go elsewhere if you're not blindsiding him

I have not. I think the group itself has work, but it mainly originates outside of our office. I think that's why he was introducing me to partners in other offices. My hesitation is with having to rely on work from outside of the office as opposed to having enough M&A deal flow within my office to keep me sufficiently staffed. Thanks for your response.

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Do you want to work around the clock for years? That's what M&A is.

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