Sabina Lippman Addresses Heightened Scrutiny of Lateral Hires with ABA Journal
Co-Founder Sabina Lippman was interviewed for the ABA Journal article, “Malpractice concerns spark heightened scrutiny of lawyers switching firms.” Ms. Lippman states, “It’s generally more difficult to get hired than it was in previous years. The process is lengthier overall; the forms are longer and there are more partners who could potentially say no in the process.”
Though it may be increasingly difficult to hire a lawyer from another firm, “There are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent problems down the road. For example, if possible, conduct an internal consensus on a lateral before even contacting them. Doing so allows a firm sufficient time to deal with any negative feedback,” she adds.
When asked about the future of rainmakers, Ms. Lippman states, “There was a time when a rainmaker could have more flexibility on some of these issues, but those days are, if not over, numbered.”