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Jenner & Block Partner David Jiménez-Ekman spoke recently at the Aon Law Firm Symposium, held on November 17 in Chicago. Mr. Jiménez-Ekman and other panelists explored topics ranging from integrating lateral partners into a firm to negotiating client requests for file destruction to dealing with lawyers and clients who behave badly. He is quoted at length in an article in Bloomberg BNA (subscription required), which covered the program. Speaking of lateral hires, Mr. Jiménez-Ekman cited a study showing that law firm lateral hiring has increased 36 percent since 2010 and that the top 200 AmLaw firms make 50 lateral hires a week. While there used to be a “stigma” attached to lateral hires, he observed, firms now accept that lawyers switching firms are “part of business generation” and law firms’ financial health. He noted that Jenner & Block has a written lateral integration plan that involves the firm's chief talent officer and recruiting officer, the firm marketing department, firm general counsel, and diversity personnel and calls for a “detailed check-in” for as long as a year after the recruit comes on board.
Mr. Jiménez-Ekman is a member of the Professional Responsibility Practice. He is also a member of the Auditor Letter Review Committee and serves as firm counsel to Jenner & Block. Mr. Jiménez-Ekman has more than 15 years of experience representing more than a dozen law firm defendants in all aspects of high-stakes professional liability litigation.