As many an old-timer will tell you, the legal world has changed dramatically and very few lawyers remain at the firm that hired them out of law school. Every associate in New York City has experienced that barrage of phone calls from recruiters telling them how marketable he or she is. Some associates will move after just a few years and others will make the jump as senior associates. Changing jobs presents a set of unique challenges and opportunities which can be at once scary and exhilarating. In this column we discuss ways to smooth the transition and ease the tension and stress inherent in changing firms.