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Thinking About Leaving? The Ethics of Departing One Firm for Another


Jack Patrick Sahl


University of Akron - School of Law

2008

Professional Lawyer, Vol. 19, No. 1, p. 2, 2008

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Lawyers today increasingly change jobs, suggesting to some that lawyer movement is becoming the norm. For example, one study reported that an average of 15 out of 100 associates annually depart a law firm. Today's mobility is in stark contrast to a half-century ago when lawyers might reasonably expect to remain with the same firm for their entire careers.

Occupational movement in the legal profession is likely to continue for several reasons. First, many law students graduate with substantial educational debt. As a result, some graduates accept jobs that are not their “real” first choice but that pay well with the intent of moving soon to better jobs. They know that few, if any, adverse consequences will follow. Second, lateral job movement for some experienced lawyers is an effective way to improve income and other working conditions. Finally, lawyer movement or dislocation also occurs when law firms develop new specialties, clients, and economic efficiencies.

Although law firm departures are common, a lawyer's decision to leave a firm is generally neither easy nor risk free. Departing lawyers may be sued by their clients and old firms and professionally disciplined if they injure persons or entities while making their career moves. This article discusses some of the ethical obligations that departing lawyers have under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. It also offers some practical suggestions for how departing lawyers and their firms may avoid becoming the target of a legal malpractice or discipline action.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: ethics, professional ethics, law firm departures, clients, Model Rules of Professional Conduct

JEL Classification: K1

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Date posted: April 13, 2010  

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Sahl, Jack Patrick, Thinking About Leaving? The Ethics of Departing One Firm for Another (2008). Professional Lawyer, Vol. 19, No. 1, p. 2, 2008 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1589072

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Jack Patrick Sahl (Contact Author)
University of Akron - School of Law ( email )
150 University Ave.
Akron, OH 44325-2901
United States
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