which would you hire lateral w/ biz or lateral w/o biz, everything else being the same?
probably the former, obviously, but that's a strawman. which would you hire, an associate that required sleep and bathroom breaks or an associate that required neither sleep nor bathroom breaks, everything else being the same?
please note: i'm not saying this is true across the board. i'm just saying that at the "V10" firms, i don't think that there's an expectation that mid-level associates will bring business with them when they lateral. useful contacts at potential clients maybe, but that's probably the outer limit.
I think in this economy you need more than just five years experince. As for who i would hire, I'm old school depends on what she looks like ina dress bending over picking up a pencil, no pants suits, won't even get past a screening interview