Skadden Partner Laterals Rather Than Face Mandatory Retirement


Jim Schell

There was a desire on my part to continue a very active practice and do so unencumbered by institutional requirements that ran contrary to that. When you add in the respect and affection I have for people here [at Mayer Brown] from prior experiences, it was a relatively easy decision.

—Jim Schell, now a partner at Mayer Brown, told Law.com that part of the reason he lateraled from Skadden — a firm he practiced at for over 30 years — was a desire to practice after 70, Skadden’s mandatory retirement age. He also said that at Mayer Brown, “I wouldn’t have to worry about a ‘time for you to go’ business model. I want to be active, I have been active, and this was an ideal home for me to continue to do that.”


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