Lateral hiring can be a gamble, and hiring from government even more so. Several years ago, a senior DOJ lawyer moved back in to private practice after many years in government service. External due diligence revealed that despite a positive reputation and a previous stint as an AmLaw 25 partner, there was a serious question about their ability to build a business. As a result, the firm passed on the candidate. Another large firm quickly hired the lawyer, and, low and behold, they left their new firm a mere eight months later. The revolving door can often spin out of control for both the hiring firm and the lateral.

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