nbaguy wrote:So let's say, after working BigLaw for 2-5 years, you are looking to lateral to another field, for example government or academia. Would working in HQ, or the most famous office of a firm, give a significant advantage over working at a regional office of the same firm for:
Random Academia placement
Government position in DC
Government position in same city as regional office.
From the responses so far, it seems that you are at no disadvantage, and possibly at an advantage for government or in-house positions in the same metropolitan area as the regional office. But would you be at a disadvantage when trying to move to a new position in a new city, or for academia?
The firm you work at will mean almost nothing for academic placement.
Exit opportunities otherwise have much more to do with practice area/clients than with "prestige" of the firm.