You may be looking to move firms as the new year has prompted a fresh look at your career. Are you moving up? Are you providing the best service to your clients? Could you make more money somewhere else? So, Law360 reached out to attorneys and asked what questions you need to ask before deciding to make a move.
Howard Kailes, McCarter & English LLP
“Lateral candidates should examine some specific and general attributes of the target firm, starting with its long-term strategic vision and whether it strengthens the competitiveness of the lateral’s practice. Candidates should measure not only proposed compensation, but also whether ongoing modification would derive from an effective, equitable plan. In addition, resources such as business development support and associate and paralegal assistance merit scrutiny. Also worth ascertaining are the firm’s policies regarding success rate of integrating newcomers. Of supreme interest to laterals should be how the firm conducts itself–the old-fashioned way or with the energy and innovation required to succeed in the 21st century.”