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Working in the Shadow of a Giant in Your Field...

FOR MID-LEVEL LATERALS If you are being recruited to work for a top-shelf practice with a superb local/regional/national/international reputation, be glad that someone thinks highly of you. Then explore the track record of these Giants in the Field to see whether or how they have helped mid-levels and junior partners develop their own practices. Would this be a career-limiter or a launching pad? Could you spend your professional life working for this firm in the Shadow of the Giant? Could you develop a high-level, marketable expertise that could launch you to the place where you could cast your own Shadow?

What plan does this firm have for generational transfer of culture, clients and cash? As a mid-level associate you should know the questions to ask and have no fear of asking them.