The Question You Should Ask All Lateral Hires

Law360
January 26, 2015


Hiring Partner James W. Johnson shares a question every firm should ask prospective lateral hires

The lateral market is hot, and law firms are nervous about missing out on top talent. But that doesn't mean firms should be jumping at everyone looking to make a move. So, what should law firms be asking to hire the best fits? Here, lawyers tell Law360 the one question every firm should ask prospective lateral hires.

Labaton Sucharow partner James W. Johnson likes to ask, "'Where did you disagree with your current firm's leadership?" Assuming a candidate's business development and legal credentials have been vetted, this is an excellent question to determine the person's value and potential compatibility to the partnership."