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Considering a Lateral Move? Then Consider This.

Lawyer movement from one firm to another has become increasingly common and is only expected to continue. However, leaving your old firm or hiring a lateral attorney isn’t as easy as forwarding calls and reprinting business cards. In fact, there are several ethical issues that arise when lawyers leave firms — issues that affect the current firm, the departing lawyer, and the new firm. Specifically, lawyers and law firms should be aware of the ethical considerations involving fiduciary obligations and client contact, restricting lateral movement, information and property rights, and client confidences.   More ›