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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.


Q: I am a mid-level associate who got laid off from Big Law but found a job quickly at a mid-size firm. If/when the market for lawyers picks up again, will I be at a disadvantage if I try to lateral to another Big Law firm?

Thanks.

Dear Lateral: Generally speaking, I do not think you would be at a disadvantage being employed at a midsize firm if eventually you want to lateral back to a BigLaw firm. Actually, you are in a great position, since practically every other laid-off associate is writing to me asking how they can find a job anywhere, big firm, midsize firm, small firm, any firm at all.

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