The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the average American will change jobs approximately 10 to 12 times in his or her lifetime and hold each position for approximately 3 1/2 years. Attorneys generally defy these statistics, particularly when it comes to partners at top law firms. But the presumption that an attorney who makes partner will necessarily stay at the same firm until he or she retires is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Most major law firms now count on being able to attract lateral partners from other firms to help grow their business and reach their long-term goals.
Before joining Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in 2003, I spent 19 years at a New York boutique firm, which ultimately grew to 30 partners. We were a close-knit group, as much a family as a partnership, and I was very pleased with the direction of my career.
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