Let’s face it, attorneys are a driven bunch, and that can sometimes mean the grass always seems greener on the other side. As new opportunities for growth present themselves, whether that may be a chance to go in-house with a client, to join a well-known, reputable firm, or to start your own firm, it can be tempting to take a risk and say goodbye to your current professional arrangement.
Before you decide to take the leap and leave your firm, you should consider a couple of factors. It can be helpful to create a list of your frustrations and the cons of your current arrangement. Once you get them all on paper, you may see that some of these issues won’t be resolved just because you switch to a new firm. There may be changes you can make in your day-to-day operations that will keep you satisfied at your current firm for years to come. If you determine there’s no way around these issues, you might have a solid case for trying something new.
PSM founder Terrie S. Wheeler recently wrote an article for Attorney at Law magazine with some tips for anyone who is considering leaving their firm, including the steps you should take to be prepared before jumping ship. If you’ve found yourself in this position, you can read her tips here.