I'm considering switching my practice from tax to exec comp so that I can work remotely indefinitely. If I dislike it, do you think it would be difficult to switch back? I'm a 4th year that works in biglaw.

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Yes. It’ll be very difficult because you’ll have to explain why you switched to exec comp in the first place (after four years in tax).

Not sure why switching from tax to exec comp changes your ability to WFH indefinitely.

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I'm switching firms. My current firm will not let me continue to work remotely once our office reopens and I haven't managed to secure a fully remote tax role.

Exec comp is very different to tax. I’m in tax at a V10 and I see what our exec comp team does. They are also specialists just like tax and they look at a couple of code sections like 409A but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. They do a ton of comp diligence for M&A deals (they review comp plans and employment agreements) whereas generally biglaw tax associates don’t do any diligence. In my firm at least, exec comp hours are worse than tax. Also like some of the other posters have said - some people come into exec comp not knowing what it is, so the group has more of a revolving door.

Anyway, in terms of coming back to tax, if you can spin a good story about why you moved to exec comp and why you want to come back I bet it’s doable. 4 years of tax experience is valuable.

FWIW, I think Wilson is offering full remote tax positions. I bet there are others.

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Don’t do it

A1, a lot of people go into exec comp for one reason or another and they end up really hating it. People see it as a back door into biglaw because the practice has slightly relaxed requirements, but once you join the group, you’re unlikely to get out of it.

I know a handful of people who were doing M&A tax at a big 4 who lateraled to V10 exec comp practices because they wanted biglaw and they couldn’t get tax jobs. I don’t know a single person who likes the job. One guy managed to lateral, but he ended up starting as a first year (when he should’ve been a 4th year), and he had to go from a V10 to a non-market paying firm to switch out. Then after 2 more years he was able to go to a V20z

I'm in the same boat. I'm thinking of going solo

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