Law firm leaders consider lateral partner hiring to be an integral component of their strategic plan. Even the severe economic downturn in 2008 and 2009 did not deter firms from investing in new lateral partners. This new NALP Foundation study on lateral partner recruitment, integration and retention examines a number of factors which may influence a law firm partner to change firms. The report provides aggregate data from law firms and lateral partners that serves as a valuable assessment of important issues. Also included is a special section of best practices submitted by law firm partners and administrative officers, as well as nationally recognized legal industry consultants.