Partner Duties When Things Go Really Bad: Prohibitions and Grounds for Expulsion

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By Marc Rosenberg

I’ve read hundreds of partner agreements over 20 years and I am unable to meaningfully distinguish between the following:

  • Partner duties (what partners must do to keep their jobs)
  • Partner prohibitions (what partners cannot do)
  • Grounds for expulsion (what actions partners may do that are serious enough to cause their dismissal from the firm)

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I’ve seen countless different ways that these items are presented in partner agreements. For years I’ve asked these questions: