Top Ten Reasons Why Older Attorneys Have a More Difficult Time Getting Law Firm Jobs

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When I first started practicing as a legal recruiter, I was amazed at how difficult it was for older attorneys to find jobs. Partners from major American law firms would frequently call me and express an interest in moving to a different law firm. However, many of these senior attorneys often had no choice but to move because they were being forced out of their law firms.

In one case, I remember an attorney from one of the ten largest law firms in the country who was labeled as a "partner" and yet was making the same amount of money as a second year associate. I saw many examples of this sort of thing taking place the longer I worked as a recruiter. One particularly egregious example was when I saw a large Los Angeles law firm offer an unemployed real estate partner a salary that was 50% the amount of what a first year associate at that firm would receive.

"Are you kidding?" I asked the law firm.

"No, we are quite serious," they said.

"Why?" I asked. "That's humiliating."

"We're paying him that because we know that he will take it, and we are the only firm that is going to hire him."

To my astonishment, the partner took the job.
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

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Harrison Barnes is the founder of LawCrossing and an internationally recognized expert in attorney search and placement. Harrison is extremely committed to and passionate about the profession of legal placement. Harrison’s writings about attorney careers and placement attract millions of reads each year. LawCrossing has been ranked on the Inc. 500 twice. For more information, please visit Harrison Barnes’ bio.

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