about decipher.

Decipher helps large and midsize firms around the world eliminate lateral hire risk through deep-dive pre-hire due diligence.

Managing partners and law firm leaders turn to Decipher when they are committed to a lateral growth strategy but frustrated by its execution. They may wonder how to validate a lateral’s book of business, worry about the number of lateral hire “surprises” they experience, or feel disappointed by the firm’s lateral hire failure rate.

We deliver credible, real-time actionable intelligence that empowers law firms to make informed and just decisions in lateral hiring. We believe deep-dive, pre-hire due diligence is the critical factor for success of any enterprise because it protects both the business as well as internal and external stakeholders – and because it works:

  • 75 percent of lateral hires fail within five years;
  • 96 percent of Decipher-vetted and hired candidates succeed at our client firms.


From our headquarters in St. Louis, we serve law firms around the world, including stalwarts of the AmLaw 100, AmLaw 200 and Magic Circle. In 2020, we completed 6,125 source interviews to investigate lateral hire candidates on five continents.

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