5 Things To Consider When Leaving Your Law Firm

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If you are an attorney and you are considering leaving your law firm, it is important to keep the following points in mind.

Follow Your Ethical Obligations

Massachusetts has specific rules and procedures regarding what attorneys must do when they leave a law firm. It is important for you to consider your client’s interests. This may include providing clients with appropriate notice of your separation. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to consult with an appropriate licensing attorney.   

1. Review The Governing Partnership Agreement And Any Other Contracts

Whether you are a partner, member, associate, of counsel or work in a different capacity, you may have rights and obligations under your firm’s partnership agreement and any contracts you may have signed. You may need to provide your firm with a certain amount of notice, be under an obligation to make certain payments to the firm, and have other similar requirements.  It is important for you to understand if you are subject to any contractual obligations before you take any action.

2. Consider If Your Firm Places Unlawful Restrictions On Your Right To Practice Law

A law firm generally cannot require you to enter into a non-compete agreement. Be wary if your law firm is insisting that you sign any agreement or document that may hurt your ability to work.

3. Consider When To Leave Your Law Firm

Before leaving your law firm, consider if you are eligible for any upcoming bonuses, equity payments, or any other similar compensation.

4. Is There An Opportunity To Negotiate A Separation Agreement

Depending on your circumstances, you may have an opportunity to negotiate a confidential separation agreement. This may be impacted if you have claims against your law firm, such as for sexual harassment, discrimination or retaliation. This agreement may include terms regarding severance payments, medical insurance coverage, continuation of other benefits, internal and external messaging, and other terms.

Bottom Line: Speak with an attorney before you decide to leave your law firm.

Remember that each matter is unique, and it’s crucial to tailor your approach based on your specific circumstances.

Call Attorneys who are knowledgeable in handling lawyers leaving their law firm

The lawyers at the Maura Greene Law Group can help you understand and strategize how to leave your law firm. 

Contact us at 617-936-1580 or email us at mglgstaff@mauragreenelaw.com 

The Not So Fine Print:

Every case has its own unique facts. Before you take any action, you should contact an employment lawyer and get advice on your own situation. We can’t provide legal advice here and this isn’t intended as legal advice. Keep in mind that it is best, if possible, to establish a relationship with an attorney before a workplace issue turns into a full-blown crisis.