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University of Baltimore Law Review

Abstract

You are a young associate, fresh out of law school, hired by a large law firm that deals with anything from medical malpractice to construction contracts. After working at the firm for several years you decide to change firms. You interview with a number of firms, but after describing the variety of cases that you have worked on over the years, the firms admit that they do not want to risk hiring you and possibly having to turn down future litigation if a conflict of interest arises. The firms explain that any conflict you may have with a potential client will most likely prevent the entire firm from representing that client. Unfortunately for you, this is a financial risk the firms are not willing to take.

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