It's no secret to anyone at the office (boss and his wife excluded) that everyone (boss and his wife excluded) are looking for a new job, including me. Everyone knows I've been on two interviews and didn't get either job. I have another coming up this week.
Cool Attorney has joked that my leaving will hurt his practice (because I work almost all his cases). At the same time, he has gone to extraordinary measures to make sure I don't miss my interviews (in one case, pulling me out of a staff meeting on an "urgent errand").
Then he started hinting about how he didn't really want to leave the firm, just this particular office, and that if our firm were to build a corporate team, he wanted to be a part of it, and work in one of our other offices. He asked me when my lease was up, and then asked me to bring it in for him to look at. He flips through it, hits on the provision that if my same company relocates me to another office that's in excess of 30 miles from here, I can break my lease quicker. He googles the distances from my apartment to the other city...it's 30.8. He hands my lease papers back to me and doesn't say another word about it.
And just last week, he and the other attorney went out for lunch with one of the Main Office attorneys. A couple of days later, he prefaces a sentence with, "I don't want to stop you searching for a new job, but", and goes on to tell me that he's trying to bargain with Main Office to segregate one paralegal (me) from boss, his wife, and their cases, to solely do his and the other attorney's work.
No promises, I know, and if I get the job I'm interviewing for this week, CA will have to make me a solid offer to keep me at the firm.
All the same, it's nice to know you're valued enough that your attorney is trying to find ways to keep you there.