Dallas lawyer Kevin Crews, held up in moving to Kirkland & Ellis‘ new Dallas office because of a six-month notice provision in his employment contract with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, is far from the only Texas lawyer who has faced that sticky situation—and Kirkland isn’t the only firm to face delays in lateral hiring as a result.

Other firms in Texas have recently enforced such “hold” provisions in employment contracts and partnership agreements, most notably when lawyers have made splashy moves to growing Big Law rivals in the state.

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