Lateral from boutique corp. firm to biglaw

(On Campus Interviews, Summer Associate positions, Firm Reviews, Tips, ...)
Forum rules
Anonymous Posting

Anonymous posting is only appropriate when you are revealing sensitive employment related information about a firm, job, etc. You may anonymously respond on topic to these threads. Unacceptable uses include: harassing another user, joking around, testing the feature, or other things that are more appropriate in the lounge.

Failure to follow these rules will get you outed, warned, or banned.
Anonymous User
Posts: 301609
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Lateral from boutique corp. firm to biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:20 am

How feasible is it to lateral from a boutique small firm (<10 lawyers) to biglaw?

"Boutique" in the sense that all the partners are ex-biglaw, similar hourly rates, big deals (middle market), somewhat recognized withun the market but not nationally, etc

I know it's harder going from small law firm to biglaw but it seems like this firm is basically functioning like a practice group of a biglaw firm.

Assume first year associate trying to lateral after a year or two

Anonymous User
Posts: 301609
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

Re: Lateral from boutique corp. firm to biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:15 pm

You can do it. Apply broadly.

User avatar
SmokeytheBear
Posts: 815
Joined: Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:40 pm

Re: Lateral from boutique corp. firm to biglaw

Postby SmokeytheBear » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:40 pm

Find a recruiter to help you do the work?

What city? People can tell you of recruiters they liked.

User avatar
buckiguy_sucks
Posts: 2860
Joined: Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:07 pm

Re: Lateral from boutique corp. firm to biglaw

Postby buckiguy_sucks » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:55 pm

what kind of boutique corporate firms are there? what do they generally do?

User avatar
PeanutsNJam
Posts: 4451
Joined: Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:57 pm

Re: Lateral from boutique corp. firm to biglaw

Postby PeanutsNJam » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:13 pm

Yeah I didn't think boutique corporate law firms (that bill at the same rate as biglaw) exist. Does it pay the same as biglaw? Considering they bill the same?

BlueParrot
Posts: 44
Joined: Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:55 pm

Re: Lateral from boutique corp. firm to biglaw

Postby BlueParrot » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:44 pm

Do you want to stay in the same market? If so, I think you might have success if your firm is truly doing the same type of work as biglaw. If you are moving markets, the lack of name recognition could be a hindrance though. You will have to sell firms on the fact that you really have experience doing high level work and some firms may not even give you the chance. Hopefully in your current market people will know your firm and the level of work they do (if people in your market don't generally know your firm, then you probably aren't actually doing biglaw level of work).




Return to “Legal Employment”

Who is online

The online users are hidden on this forum.