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The next lateral partner or group placement I work on in which portables are not a factor will be the first. Granted, lesser weight may be placed on that variable in some circumstances, such as when a firm: is recruiting a more junior partner whose book is just taking shape; brings in a partner to fill an unexpected need for a major, long-term matter; has longed to add a partner from a specific firm and hopes to use this recruitment as a springboard for other recruitments; is recruiting someone in a highly technical or niche practice area in which it has significant work; or needs to bring in a “name,” regardless of business, which could help it in any number of ways.

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