lawyer turnover

Confronting Lawyer Turnover in Law Firms

Turnover in law firms, especially with young lawyers, is at its highest level ever. Nothing law firms have done to date has reversed this trend and the damage to firms is almost unfathomable. Thanks to turnover, the top 400 law firms lose roughly $9.1 billion annually, according to a report by JD Match and Right Profile. Further, high turnover rates compromise morale, taint reputation, forfeit hundreds of hours of training and teaching, and disrupt and challenge firm culture and practice groups. Clients, too, are often unhappy or suspect when a lawyer leaves. In this climate, what are the best practical ways for lawyers and law firms to respond?

Originally published May 2, 2018
Last updated June 29, 2023
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