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A Fresh Perspective on Lateral Partner Integration
The Legal Intelligencer
February 19, 2013

Articles abound about what law firms should do to successfully integrate lateral partners — checklists for best practices, descriptions of integration programs, war stories of integrations gone wrong. However, the best transitions and integrations of lateral partners require that the lateral partner realize integration is a two-way street. Successful integration requires not only best practices by the partner’s new firm, but also a willingness by the new partner to be highly proactive in his or her first few days, weeks and months with the new firm. Full Text


What Can Be Learned From the 2012 Lateral Market?
The Legal Intelligencer
February 19, 2013

As 2013 brings on a new year, things will very much remain the same in terms of law firms seeking lateral partner hires. The Wall Street Journal, American Bar Association and The American Lawyer, at the end of 2012, all reported that 96 percent of surveyed law firm leaders said they intend to expand their firms over the next two years by lateral hires. Nearly three out of four plan for lateral hiring over the next five years. Despite those who might be displeased with some lateral hires (only 28 of the surveyed lawyers said their firm’s lateral efforts were effective, and 10 percent said they were neutral or negative), there are a number of reasons why law firms will not sway. Full Text


Helping a Lateral Associate Adapt to the Firm’s Culture
The Legal Intelligencer
February 19, 2013

Finding a lateral associate with the qualities and qualifications desired by the firm is only half of the battle. The other, and often equally daunting half, is helping the lateral transition into the firm. More specifically, the challenges in helping a lateral associate learn, adapt and embrace a new firm’s culture are plentiful. Every law firm has a culture or personality unique to it. The willingness and ability to adapt to a firm’s unique culture is part of what makes a successful lateral associate. Full Text


Lateral Movers From Non-Traditional Sources
The Legal Intelligencer
February 19, 2013

Traditionally, law firms and attorneys engaging in lateral moves identify practitioners who are employed in comparable and congruently similar organizations. Full Text


The Legal‘s Top Lateral Hires of 2012
The Legal Intelligencer
February 19, 2013

Our listing of the top lateral moves of 2012 could not be more diverse when it comes to practice area and firm type. And for the first time, we have listed lateral attorneys who left the Pennsylvania market for other locations – their departures too significant on the local legal community for their mentions to be barred by our typical in-state focus. Full Text


And if the List Were Longer … Top Lateral Runners-Up
The Legal Intelligencer
February 19, 2013

As it is every year, the task of selecting the top 10 lateral moves of 2012 was a difficult one that yielded a surplus of notable moves. Full Text