Author’s note: Two of the most common questions received in the past few months have been: “Should I be more open to at least considering a move to another law firm, especially in the midst of this recession?” and “If I do decide to explore a move, what factors should I examine when looking at other firms?” In this two-part series, each question will be addressed. This article discusses the issue of whether a move should even be considered.

Law firms create a sense of inertia that can put a strangle hold on even the most hard-driving, proactive attorneys. This was underscored recently when I received a call from a partner who told me that it took him two years to finally dial my number to discuss a possible move. The partner remarked that it took considerable willpower to bust through some psychological barriers to even make that call, as he felt he was in a cocoon-like existence in his firm.

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