Every four years, U.S. citizens exercise their right to vote by electing a new President or re-electing an old one, and for the past two presidential election cycles, according to data collected by ALM Intelligence, this event has triggered an increased movement by lawyers out of the executive branch and into the Am Law 200 partnership ranks (Figure 1 below). With Americans set to choose a new commander-in-chief in November, this quadrennial pattern is almost sure to repeat itself regardless of whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is victorious on election night.

Figure 1_Moves from Exec Branch to Position as Partner at Am Law 200 Firm