Advice to Young Associates on Navigating the Wave of Law Firm Mergers
The relentless pace of law firm mergers is having a major impact on the careers of young attorneys who are often caught in the middle. For those seeking guidance on preparing for or navigating a law firm merger, this article by Gail Cutter, a former attorney and presently a legal search consultant, provides some helpful tips. Cutter advises associates to cultivate relationships with select partners who will become familiar with your work, talents and contributions. In the event of a merger, these partners will become your greatest ambassadors and champions in the event of merger-related layoffs. Further, after a merger is announced, Cutter advises associates to become involved in the integration process as a way to distinguish yourself in the new entity.