In the first, second and third parts of our Career Center “Tip of the Day” series, focused on how to evaluate a counteroffer, we covered the importance of re-evaluating your current employment situation, assessing what the new firm is offering, and analyzing the counteroffer of your current firm. It is now time for you to consider the ramifications, both tangible and intangible, of accepting the counteroffer and reneging on the new firm.

On to tip #4….

In the legal community, your reputation is everything. Whether it is gaining new clients, working with opposing counsel, or even getting a new job down the line, if you have a reputation for being flaky or for backing out of agreements, you will face an uphill battle. While it is unlikely for a firm to sue you for backing out of a job offer, firms do talk to each other, especially when it comes to client referrals and attorney recommendations. If someone recommended you for the job, you also need to consider his or her reputation as well. That person might have gone to bat for you and now that person looks like he or she makes questionable judgment calls.

These tips are provided by the experienced recruiters at Lateral Link. In addition to providing sound career advice, they can assist you with a lateral move to one of hundreds of law firms or in-house positions they have in their network.

For additional insights, as well as profiles of individual law firms, check out the ATL Career Center.

Earlier: Career Center Tip of the Day: Evaluating the Counteroffer — Should You Stay or Should You Go? (Part 3)
Career Center Tip of the Day: Evaluating the Counteroffer — Should You Stay or Should You Go? (Part 2)
Career Center Tip of the Day: Evaluating the Counteroffer — Should You Stay or Should You Go? (Part 1)