Why Are More Late-Career Laterals Leaving the Only Firm They’ve Ever Known?

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After 30 years, Dori Hanswirth knew the relationship was over.

She had been through two mergers in her time at the firm, which was called Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Sheinfeld when she joined fresh off a federal clerkship in 1987. By 2010 it had become Hogan Lovells, and she eventually started thinking there might be better places to grow her practice and develop new relationships.

“There came a point that I thought I wouldn’t choose to work at the place my former firm had become,” she said.

Her ultimate decision to join Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer in January 2018 as a litigation partner was years in the making, but the turning point came when she was asked to go on a recruiting trip to pitch Hogan Lovells to recent…



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