Bill Sugarman: Moving Laterally and the Power of a Book of Business

In this episode, Steve Fretzin and Bill Sugarman discuss:

  • What firms are looking for in lateral hiring. 
  • The top reasons that lawyers are looking to change firms. 
  • The misconceptions about building a book of business. 
  • Why you may want to work with a legal recruiter (such as Astor Search) when looking for new lawyers for your firm or your own lateral move.


Key Takeaways:

  • Having your own established book of business can make a difference in your compensation when moving between firms. 
  • You always want to be yourself, but you don’t want to get too comfortable in an interview or with a law firm. It requires a measured approach that is professional in nature at all times.
  • You need to do your due diligence on the firms you are looking to move to see if you are a good fit for them and them for you. 
  • Don’t discuss politics or religion – you don’t want to alienate anyone before you even have a chance to work with them. 


“The ability to develop a book is more than just the immediate compensation, the ability to develop a book and have a well-entrenched client base allows an individual to really get to the next level, and, frankly, control their destiny in a material way.” —  Bill Sugarman


Connect with Bill Sugarman:  


Phone: 312-781-9000



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Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie


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