There is apparently never a good time to leave Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. But the firm’s golden handcuffs aren’t holding back partners determined to leave.

The firm is in the midst of a dispute with as many as a dozen of the 43 partners who left the firm in 2006. They received $15,000 per month as a draw against future profit distributions. According to the firm, the amount of the draw exceeded the profit earned by the partners. Now the firm wants to claw back the difference.