Sebior associate just got stealth fired from a V10 (i.e., there's no business case to promote you in October out of the associate pool because of COVID). Will likely be given a formal recommendation to look elsewhere in September but it seems clear their mind is made up. Any advice? Is there any value in considering an employment lawyer re severance etc? Not sure whether to apply now for jobs ideally starting early next year or to wait and take some time off completely.

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Happened to me earlier in my career, I empathize with what you’re going through.

I tapped an employment lawyer friend and had him review my severance package, and we negotiated it, but he remained in the background so the firm didn’t know I had one. He would have only come to the foreground if I truly needed it.

You should be able to negotiate for severance through the end of the year if you’re getting laid off in October, and between now and then should be enough time to find a new gig for 2021.

Don’t sweat it to much, and focus on what you need to do.

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Sorry. If you apply now, you don't have to start right away and should negotiate a start date that allows you some time off.

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I mean, coming out of V10 you should be able to find a job pretty easy within the V100. You should consider whether you want to stay in the field/ area of law you’re doing now. Hiring a severance lawyer could probably have some negative implications on your reputation within that community. Good luck to you

Sorry for the off topic response, but is this what stealth layoffs mean? Like, they’re not actually terminating you (for severance purposes) but you know you need to look elsewhere? I didn’t realize...

You should find out how long they will let you stay on to look for a new job and also figure out if you’re still there at bonus time, are they going to pay it? Arrange for new firm start date the next day after bonus drops. We’re getting to the point in the year that new firms will be hesitant to guarantee a bonus if you start now and would rather just pro-rate the bonus based on the amount of time left in the year from when you start. At your seniority, that’s a lot of money you have the potential of losing. So either jump ship very quickly and try and get your bonus guaranteed, or figure out if your current firm will pay it to you if they let you hang around long enough.

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