Legal Ethics Partner Allison Rhodes offers extensive professional and moral advice throughout a Law360 article on employment transitions. Her insight is very helpful for departing attorneys and law firms navigating these situations, which can sometimes lead to overstepped boundaries, bad blood with clients and broken relationships among peers if not tastefully managed.
"When one side or the other is sneaking around or covertly making client contact, it makes everyone angry and distrustful and things devolve really quickly," Ms. Rhodes says. "Client needs get lost, bridges get burned, everybody assumes the worst about everybody, and sometimes litigation gets filed."
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