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What do you do if the partner who hired you is nice in social settings but awful to work for? And you can’t seem to escape from working for that partner. This partner doesn’t respond to your emails for critical issues that you need input on, doesn’t return your phone calls and voicemails and throws you under the bus in front of the client to blame you for her mistakes. The seniors are too busy. Just joined this firm so lateraling isn’t a viable option.

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Beg other partners for work, and when partner you don’t like next asks you to join a new matter, say so sorry but you’re at capacity.

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If you can’t leave, my best advice is to send a lot of CYA emails. Instead of asking for their input, tell them things like “I plan to do/file x tomorrow afternoon at 3, if you have comments/revisions then let me know before then.” Etc. It’s not ideal and I know it’s scary to work on things without help, but this is the only way I’ve found to not miss deadlines with partners like that.

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This is great advice. Also put the deadline and what you need in the subject line: “client MSJ due tomorrow, sign off needed”

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This sounds psychotic and you have my sympathies!

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Damn. Are you me?

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Agree with A2 and also try to work more with other partners to fill your plate! Im so sorry you’re going through this. Having had a similar experience I really feel your pain!

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Lateraling is always an option!

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Lateraling is absolutely an option. But I would first try to push back on solving the problems. Be polite but more firm that her input is required, add the red flag to the email, call more, etc. She’s probably one of those partners who is so busy that she only has time to respond to the people who are yelling the loudest. So yell louder. She probably won’t even take it poorly as my guess is that this is just her approach to work. And remember that you have nothing to lose except your sanity.

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I used to work for this type of person. Everyone in her orbit ended up lateraling eventually. Just focus on your mental health and start looking for an out. This is the hottest associate market of all time so there’s no point in suffering under someone that’s miserable to work for.

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