Partners and LPQs

If you are a partner who has interviewed with another firm, you have likely come across a “LPQ”, which stands for “Lateral Partner Questionnaire.”

This is a form that the interviewing firm gives to a partner-level candidate usually after the first or second interview. 

These LPQs come in many shapes and sizes.  Some are rather short, and some can be offensively honerous and in excess of 30 pages. 

Many partners don’t realize that they don’t have to share everything a firm asks for in an LPQ, especially during the earlier part of the courting process.  Of course, certain firms use their LPQs as a way to gather competitive intelligence.  This does not mean that you have to be paranoid about filling out an LPQ, as defensiveness about a LPQ can raise yellow flags.  

If you are working with an experienced recruiter, that recruiter should be able to guide you on the LPQ process and advise you on what is typical, what is out of the ordinary, and what is appropriate information to be sharing at a particular point in the process.  If you are not working with a recruiter, use your best judgment.  Realize that the lateral hiring process will require you to share lots of information about your practice, but how and when it is shared can be very important.

Originally posted here: Lateral Attorney Report