How COVID-19 Shaped Lateral Hiring - and What Happens Next

Who Moved, Who Didn’t, and What Law Firm Leaders Should Be Asking in 2021


When the coronavirus shut down all facets of everyday life in 2020, law firm lateral hiring was no exception: Nationwide, lawyer moves among the 500 largest law firms dropped 23 percent from the prior three-year average.
Ninety-six percent of law firms say lateral growth is a part of their strategy. As we enter a new year – the second defined by COVID-19 – it is critical to both examine how the pandemic changed lateral hiring and anticipate the issues that will shape recruitment in the year ahead.

Download our guide to learn:

  • General lateral trends among the NLJ 500 during the pandemic
  • How the laterals who moved during COVID-19 were riskier bets
  • Which practice areas saw the most lateral moves – and which stalled
  • Five Questions to Ask in 2021 to maximize lateral ROI – and minimize lateral risk
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