In addition, clients often choose to work with a variety of legal advisors, which may mean that firms must exclude attorneys who have worked on matters that are no longer handled by a law firm. Fired attorneys face unfair prejudice and those fired by companies deserve kindness and understanding because they are likely to go through a difficult period in their lives. In addition, hiring employees should understand that layoffs are not a big mistake for a legal career and do not affect an employee’s performance in a new company. Lawyers who are fired by corporations deserve to be welcoming and understanding, as they are likely to go through difficult times in their lives. However, although I was fired along with dozens of other attorneys and many articles were published about the problems in our firm, I couldn’t help but think that people thought I was responsible for my situation. A little over a year after I started practicing, I was fired along with dozens of other lawyers and colleagues as part of a massive downsizing. Getting fired along the way, even if the lawyer has nothing to do with this trial, can put a lawyer at a disadvantage compared to lawyers who have never been fired. However, people may think that this attorney may have ended up with another company whose partner was retiring if “his” job rose to the occasion or if “he” had other property in the situation. In most cases, there is nothing a lawyer could have done to avoid being fired because external factors beyond “his” or “her” control contributed to it. I recently attended a meeting of social lawyers and met with a lawyer who had been fired because of the collapse of LeClairRyan bankruptcy and other massive cuts to find a new job. Therefore, it is important for those who make hiring decisions to understand that many layoffs have absolutely nothing to do with an attorney’s performance. However, lawyers who are fired may still face prejudice and stigma as they seek new jobs. Although companies often have to lay off employees to obtain benefits, in the vast majority of cases, layoffs have absolutely nothing to do with a lawyer’s job. The firings were motivated by a number of external factors, including a major settlement and an economic problem with our firm. Hiring partners should not hold an employee accountable for the poor decisions of senior partners or for the decisions of clients that may have resulted in staff reductions.