Richard Frye, an attorney who specializes in private equity work, practiced at Weil, Gotshal & Manges for 10 years before leaving for Winston & Strawn in March of 2017. This month, Frye rejoined Weil—an example of the growing frequency of the boomerang effect occurring in the legal world.

The phenomenon of attorneys leaving and later returning to their former firm is not exactly new. Lawyers have long been known to move in-house or take a government post for a few years and then go back to their former firm. But now, especially in highly competitive markets with intense lateral movement, it is not unusual to see lawyers move from one law firm to another, only to return to their former firm after a few years.