Associate lateral moves have dropped by two-thirds in 2023’s first quarter compared to the same time last year—1,551 versus 4,547, data gathered by Decipher Investigative Intelligence shows.

While partner moves have trended downward from last year by 15%, 1,402 from 1,653, the first quarter of this year was still the second busiest first-quarter for partner moves from 2017 to 2023, whereas associate moves had their quietest first quarter in the same interval, according to the Decipher data.