High-level US government lawyers head to small law firms

August 23, 2012 US firm Murphy & McGonigle has made a high-profile addition to its partnership with the hire of veteran Justice Department lawyer Rob Park. The firm was founded in 2010, and has 30 lawyers in the roster.

Commentators point out that, since the global recession, the well worn career path from senior posts in government agencies to biglaw is changing, with many high-level government attorneys opting to join
Park says that the pressure to generate business quickly will be less intense than at large corporate firms, many of which struggling with slimming profit margins.

“Large law firms have such a voracious need for new business that it makes the pressure all the more intense,” Park said. “I looked at several [larger firms] and I had some interest, but I didn’t get the sense it was going to be as supportive an environment during the period I was developing business. I thought I’d be on an island by myself.”

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