Statistics show that most lawyers will not start and finish their careers at the same firm and an increasing number are exploring their options. Successful attorneys are well sought after in today’s market. Why move? What are the factors that drive the desire to move? How does one prepare?

Cathyann Bixby, the manager of lateral partner services at Ballard Spahr, analyzed the issues in an article for The Legal Intelligencer. In the article, Ms. Bixby says partners looking to move should consider the following factors: rates, client compatibility and conflicts, cross-selling services, marketing, firm culture, and integration.

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