It sounds like a tricky situation for the general counsel, what with solicitation rules and non-compete agreements and unfair competition lurking. In reality, the general counsel may be on the side of the angels and should feel free to discuss the likelihood that work will follow the partner or remain with the partner’s former firm (See my post of Nov. 29, 2010: move work when partner moves with 6 references.).
That’s my view on Attorney at Work, April 6, 2011, where just this month I became a guest columnist. To read the complete discussion click here for Attorney at Work.