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Will a firm to which you lateral reimburse you for a 50k bonus you have to pay back for leaving before the year is over?

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Not if you don’t ask

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I, agree, which, is why, I like to, randomly, sprinkle, them, in every, sentence,.

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What I’ve seen in offers so far this year is that firms are willing to make laterals whole regarding missed bonuses so it wouldn’t surprise me if they would help with repayment. The bigger question would be why it didn’t work for a year? They might be hesitant to take a chance on someone lateraling when another firm was just burned. Make sure you have a thoughtful response, this is a different situation because X and a much better fit because Y. Generally if you’re a 5th+ year associate and your practice is in demand $50k is reasonable for a sign on bonus.

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Ask the firm.

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Depends on how much they want you!

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Generally you can negotiate the new firm making you whole on the clawback

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Depending on the practice area firms won’t mind. You’ll probably have to explain the situation and what went wrong with your current firm, but if you’re in a in demand practice area they probably won’t mind to take the chance.

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Most likely if they’re desperate and you’re the best candidate

Are you referring to a sign-on or retention bonus? In either case, the answer is yes most likely. But if the former, just be prepared to explain why the first lateral move did not go as planned (then again, if you’re negotiating compensation, you’ve likely already done this).

Short answer, yes. But I’ll say it helps if you’re being referred to the new firm by a contact that can lay the groundwork

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