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I’ve been at my new firm for a little over a year now and hate it. Has anyone ever gone back to their prior firm? How did you start that conversation?

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I did this and it was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. I approached a mentor/senior partner at my old firm first about wanting to come back (reiterated it was highly confidential), got lunch, and then he took it from there to contact the people at my old firm who would be able to rubber stamp it. The whole process took a little over two months, although that was mostly my own doing so I could see a bonus through at the new firm. At the end of the day, this is just a job, and if you were lured to a new firm for money or other superficial reasons, you should trust your gut when you feel unhappy. And, it’s hard to find a firm that is actually somewhat enjoyable—if you can go back to a known quantity, and your old firm fits that bill, jump on that. Yet another reason to always leave on good terms to keep those doors open. Best of luck to you!

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I did it via email from my personal email account, although I understand people have differing opinions on that. I trusted this partner a lot, and the bulk of the conversation and reasoning came during the lunch, not over that initial email.

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I know someone who did. Wanted to spend more time with his kid, so he tried a smaller firm. Hated it and eventually came back. Depends on how much the old firm liked you, why you left, and whether you’re still on good terms with the decision-makers.

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It was no secret I left for more money and to my knowledge we left on good terms.

I haven’t but have seen it happen lots. I’d try reaching out to your best connection there

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These conversations should, IMHO, always be a phone call/personal meeting (not easy in COVID). I would not be putting this into any kind of writing, for safety's sake. Big brother (sister) watches in many different ways, especially if you're using firm hardware to send the text/email (and the recipient is using firm hardware to receive it).

Some firms do, yes, especially if they do securities work. Mostly, though, there are many times when you just don't want to risk that someone other than the intended recipient sees the exchange (secretary? significant other? teenaged kid who goes to school with someone else's teenaged kid?).

My current practice group colleague left the firm and emailed my supervising attorney a year later asking if he could come back. I’m sure they then talked on the phone but he came back and it’s worked out. I think that if you still have relationships with people at the firm/didn’t burn bridges- it’s possible.

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