Leaving a Law Firm

Leaving a Law Firm

Release Date: 12/15/2021
CLE Credit Not Available for Roundtables
Format Length CLE Eligible
Video Roundtable 60 min. No

This Video Roundtable is available only to AILA members.

AILA’s national Ethics Committee is proud to present a roundtable discussion on leaving a law firm that will be a conversation between a law firm owner and an associate. Both are well versed in the best practices and guidance, but naturally come with different perspectives when it comes to how to notify the clients about a lawyer leaving, who the book of business belongs to, and how to divide fees if clients leave with the exiting lawyer. This will be a thoughtful and detailed discussion that uses the article "Leaving a Law Firm" by Miguel Vela as a jumping off point.

Discussion Topics

  • Create a Practical, Workable, Ethical Plan for How a Lawyer Will Leave
  • Communicate to Clients What They Need to Know to Make an Informed Decision
  • Avoid Ethical Traps for Both Firms and Lawyers
  • Leave Professionally Without Burning Bridges

Have more Ethics questions? Visit AILA's Legal Ethics page for additional resources.

This roundtable is available only to AILA members and not CLE eligible. AILA University Video Roundtables are free learning opportunities for AILA members provided via a weekly schedule of live video programming for members to come together from across the country and world to discuss hot topics and network with colleagues in the field. Video Roundtables are part of AILA University programming and each session is hosted by faculty selected for their expertise.

Cyrus D. Mehta, AILA Ethics Committee Vice Chair, New York, NY

Miguel Vela, AILA Ethics Committee, San Antonio, TX

(Moderator) Charity Anastasio, AILA Practice and Ethics Counsel, Washington, DC

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.