Patricia Brown Holmes and Leslie D. Davis, RSHC partners, co-authored the cover story for the Best Lawyers “Women in the Law” Spring Business Edition 2017. While lateral transitions are generally beneficial for both the attorney and the new law firm, firms are now charged with finding more effective ways to quickly integrate lateral attorneys, particularly as those attorneys become more diverse. In order to remain competitive, law firms must work to address the barriers that have inhibited the successful integration of diverse lateral attorneys.
Successfully integrating women and diverse lawyers requires strategic planning, innovation, and continuous evaluation. While there are a variety of ways to successfully integrate laterals, flexibility, teamwork, and inclusion are paramount to integration success.