Editor’s note: This is the fourth article in a new series about job transitions for older attorneys. Look for a new article in the series each Monday over the next several weeks. Links to previous articles in the series are listed following this article.

It should come as no surprise, especially in this economy, that law firms increasingly are run like businesses, with emphasis on the bottom line. Therefore, when experienced attorneys wish to change firms, one of the first things a prospective employer asks about is the candidate’s portable client base.