In an article published by Law360 on Feb. 23, 2016, Tysons partner Steve Leach provides guidance to attorneys new to a BigLaw firm. The article details five signs that an attorney’s practice isn’t suited to the large law firm model, giving emphasis to Leach’s tenure at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Leach indicates he regularly saw attorneys take substantial pay cuts to join and gain experience from the DOJ. “When they're younger, they get much more responsibility, and they may move up the responsibility ladder much more quickly than at the largest firms,” Leach said. “The fact is that you're just not going to have a junior partner at a large firm arguing a case involving hundreds of millions of dollars.” Additionally, the article mentions conflicts of interest, chasing different clients, the desire to be in-house and the desire for a better work-life balance as signs that it’s time to leave BigLaw. For the full article, subscribers may click here.
Kristen M. Chatterton