Amid ‘The Great Resignation,’ More In-House Lawyers Are Moving to Law Firms

While the landscape of work is changing in the legal world and other fields, in a lot of cases for good, the separating line between working in-house and joining private practice is wearing thin. In the past few weeks, many lawyers have moved out of in-house roles to become partners, counsel or associates at law firms.

“In years past, lawyers who were interested in a more regular schedule or sought to avoid billable hours might pursue an in-house role where the primary responsibility was managing outside counsel,” said legal recruiter Maura McAnney of McAnney Esposito. “In recent years, however, lawyers in corporations are stepping up and often taking lead roles in deals; and the difference between the hours and responsibilities of law firm work and in-house work has diminished.”

Within less than a month, in-house counsel for CME Group, Cognizant, Griffin Capital, Magellan Midstream Partners, Continuum Energy, Concho Energy and OPKO Health have all left for law firm roles. Many of them have joined firms that represent their previous employer as outside counsel. 

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