It might sting when valued attorneys walk out the door to join a rival. But it’s smart business to put on a good face—law firms may be welcoming them back at a later date.

Recent data from LinkedIn shows that 4.3% of job switches in 2021 were “boomerang hires,” up from less than 2% in 2010. And while the company did not present specific details on the legal industry, or even the wider “professional services” realm, several Am Law 100 firms have succeeded in bringing back a significant number of boomerangs in recent months.