ACTUAL CASE HISTORY: I left my last law firm employment about 25 years in the past. I left as a result of I just didn't see the legislation firm having much of a future. The reason was that youthful companions were not permitted to bring in their very own shoppers. As a substitute, they were assured that they'd "inherit" the numerous clients of the law firm once they became senior companions, just as the then-senior companions had achieved. It did not make sense to me, and I didn't belief it. That was one of many major reasons I left to type my own agency.
At that time, many New York legislation firms had been merging with one another, and consolidating with other regulation corporations in other cities and countries, to kind "mega-regulation firms" with places of work in all main cities around the world. On the time I left it, my regulation firm was engaged in exploratory discussions with a number of different law corporations, in what was then a literal wave of regulation agency consolidations. That is precisely what has happened - and is going on now - in lots of industries, from banking, to actual estate, to media, to healthcare. Time after time, there have been waves of mergers and gross sales, each forming bigger and larger institutional employers.
A couple of 12 months after I left my previous regulation agency, the companions had a big assembly. The "Merger Negotiating Committee," as they had been referred to as, had an vital announcement to make. From what I used to be informed by three people who attended that assembly, this was the gist of the announcement made by the Merger Negotiating Committee:
"Ladies and gentlemen, we've got great information: In thirty days, our regulation agency will likely be merging with one of the vital prestigious regulation firms on the planet. We can have workplaces in nineteen cities. The key shoppers of our agency have been consulted, and they are all in agreement with our determination to merge. The truth is, all of our major shoppers have inspired us to make this transfer. Maybe most significantly, every of our agency's 25 largest clients has agreed to turn into a consumer of the brand new merged agency."
"Additionally, all of the crucial preparations have been made, monetary, legal and even with our present landlord. All the agreements have been negotiated and signed. Everything has been attended to, and has been finalized."
"As to specifics, of the eighty four companions of our agency, solely the six members of the Merger Negotiating Committee will develop into companions of the merged firm. Of the 214 affiliate attorneys of our agency, 26 have been chosen to change into associate attorneys with the merged agency. These partners who aren't changing into partners of the merged agency, and those affiliate attorneys who weren't chosen to turn out to be associate attorneys of the merged firm, will need to take away their belongings from our offices inside ten days."
"We thank all of you for your years of dedication, effort and loyalty."
seventy eight of the companions out of eighty four have been successfully terminated. 188 of the 214 associate attorneys also were effectively terminated. Worse still, they have been all left with out purchasers, without workplaces, and with out warning. All have been left asking themselves, "Where is the good news?"
I am reluctant to say it, however I could not perceive why they all did not see it coming. Even method again then, I would by no means seen a legislation agency that needed two "heads" of litigation, two "Senior Partners of labor law," or two heads of Human Resources. Have you ever?
LESSON TO LEARN: When you've got any purpose to expect that your employer may be searching for to merge or be offered to a competitor, you could have purpose for concern. And, too, you've gotten purpose to begin taking steps to protect your self.
On a sinking ship, do you wait until you're feeling the water at your ankles before you put on your life preserver jacket? In a burning constructing, do you wait until you feel the warmth of the fire in your fingers before you search a protected exit? So, why would you wait to take precautions in the event you had cause to consider a merger or sale of your employer was underway? Only two attainable reasons, neither of them sensible: fear and denial.
That's not ok. If you wish to "survive" the layoffs and "restructurings" that inevitably