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Lateral - Partner References

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:14 pm

Thanks in advance for any advice.

I'm a lateral second-year candidate who has been extended an offer at V10 and has cleared conflicts. I've provided preliminary references and the firm requested a reference from my current firm. I work in a large but non-NYC market, and my group is relatively small (corporate).

I provided a senior associate as a reference who worked with me on several matters, but, despite asking for one or more references, the recruiting coordinator is now requesting a partner reference. They have not called my associate reference (we are friends and he would tell me). Given the size of the group, I'd like to minimize my exposure to partner references. I've already turned down my other offers and I do not think any of the partners will be happy enough about me leaving for me to feel comfortable requesting a reference from them.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to handle? I've noted to the firm that I haven't really worked closely with any of the partners...

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Re: Lateral - Partner References

Postby lawhopeful100 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:49 pm

You know your partners best, but I think it’s unlikely they would talk bad about you when asked. I just lateralled and used a senior associate and a partner as a reference. I found out from the partners that our firm has a policy of not speaking about the quality of an associate. The partner was still able to tell the recruiting coordinator that I was leaving on my own accord and wasn’t getting fired essentially which seemed to be the most important thing. I was nervous putting my two weeks in thinking the partners would also be mad, but they were really cool about it. Even if they are mad deep down, these people are professionals and have the tact to be nice publicly.

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Re: Lateral - Partner References

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:03 pm

I don't think our firm has a reputation for tact :).

Do you think it would be acceptable to provide a partner who recently left to go in house (1.5 weeks ago)?

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Re: Lateral - Partner References

Postby lawhopeful100 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:30 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I don't think our firm has a reputation for tact :).

Do you think it would be acceptable to provide a partner who recently left to go in house (1.5 weeks ago)?

Yea I don’t see why that wouldn’t be fine.

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Re: Lateral - Partner References

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:54 pm

A bit off topic, but how long did it take you to clear the conflicts process? Also a second year in a similar position with conflicts being the long pole holding up the process.

To your question (although I'm sure you're through the background check process by now), I provided the contact information of the partner I had worked most recently with because I figured he would be in the best position to comment on my status at my firm.



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