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The lateral hiring of lawyers in Am Law 200 firms reached a three-year high in 2012, with more than 2,600 partners reportedly moving firms that year. The 2013 Lateral Report, The American Lawyer (March 1, 2013). There is little doubt that law firm partners will continue to relocate at a brisk pace. Increasingly, even lawyers at very senior levels are finding new homes for their practices. Amongst the myriad reasons that management-level partners might consider a change of venue are client appeal, conflict issues, billing rates and alternative fee arrangements, cross-selling opportunities, practice support, mandatory retirement ages and firm politics. Some are motivated by reasons as simple as a change in scenery and/or higher compensation.

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