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Ann Israel is the legal profession’s Dear Abby. A New York legal recruiter since 1979, Ann is a past president of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. Advice for the Lawlorn is updated every week.

[Editor's Note: This is an archive column from September 2007]

Q: I am looking to move to New York City from a large secondary market. My law firm has an office in NYC, but while it is an AmLaw 100 firm and ranked respectably on Vault, it’s a small fish in a large pond in NYC. In its own market, it is a large fish in a small pond: in fact, it is one of the few elite firms in its market and matches N.Y. salaries.

If I choose to contact firms directly or use a recruiter, how do I hide the identity of my current law firm? Can I just write “Major Law Firm” or “BigLaw Firm”? Must I disclose the city/state? (though I have a section on my resume that shows all of my licenses so I assume that they will be able to figure out what state I’m in).

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