It should not have any legal effect for you. If you have a viable claim there is an action against both the attorney and the firm, he was with at the time.
It should not matter, because at the time of the alleged malpractice, if he was an agent, servant, and/or employee of the firm they may have vicarious liability. If he was with a big firm, they should have plenty of insurance coverage.
The move won't affect his liability or that of his firm, but it may effect the question of malpractice insurance coverage. I'd want to learn a little more about the underlying case and the circumstances surrounding the attorney's departure.
My colleagues have provided you good information. Let me address your issue about lawyers being intimidated with the prospect of going against a big law firm. As a general proposition, nobody cares about the size of the opponent if the case is strong enough. I've sued the IRS in an employment matter and have sued the state of New Jersey several times. The size of the target doesn't matter if you have a sharp enough arrow. Good luck.
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