Biglaw Associates Threatening To Leave Their Firms If They Have To Return To The Office

lawyer work from homeIf they try to get me back in the office[,] I will 100% leave.

— An anonymous associate at White & Case, in response to an American Lawyer survey that asked Biglaw attorneys to describe their firm’s return-to-office policy and offer comments on how they felt about it. Per Am Law, a White & Case spokesperson said associates are expected to spend about 60% of their time in the office. Sixty percent respondents said their firms were asking them to work in-office three days per week. The majority of lawyers who were talking to recruiters about a search for a more flexible firm came from this group of respondents.


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