Go-To Expert Leaving?

by admin 25. September 2014 12:08

Dear Jane,

I made the decision as to my “go to” expertise solely based upon the ability to work with a big rainmaker who is an expert in the area.  He just announced he is leaving the firm.

I Found Out Through The Grapevine


Dear I Found Out Through The Grapevine,

          Please do not take it personally that he did not tell you himself – he may have chosen not to so there would be no question about his interpretation of the ethical requirement concerning solicitation of associates.  You should make a fairly quick assessment of whether you can continue your substantive development in your selected “go to” expertise without him at the firm.  I would expect that there will be partners/leaders at your firm who will begin to woo you to stay – you will be in a better position to assess their efforts if you have already done the analysis on this topic.  You should also be prepared to get a call from him and/or the firm he is moving to once he has made the move.


Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.


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