Careers / Associate Life
We enjoy an exciting practice that is driven by providing superior service to our clients while preserving the informality, collegiality, and entrepreneurial spirit that are often suppressed in larger firms. Some firms say they are different, but we ARE different because we do not “manage by the numbers.” We seek to hire attorneys who share our commitment to hard work, who have unique ideas, and who want to control their own careers and maintain lifestyles of their own choosing. Entry-level associates are hired from our summer associate program, federal judicial clerkships, and directly out of law school.
First-year associates are encouraged to work in a variety of subject areas and for many Shareholders without being assigned to a specific practice area. Assignments are made through a small central committee that listens carefully to each associate’s interests and preferences and blends that information into a well-rounded professional development curriculum for each associate. We assign front-line responsibility to associates early, from working directly with clients and consultants, to conducting discovery and arguing motions. At their own pace, our associates develop their individual style and carve out their own niche. We devote considerable Shareholder time and energy to our associates because they contribute significantly to our culture and help shape our reputation and our future.
Mentoring, Training and Development, and Promotion:
One of the first steps we take to help launch our new associates’ careers is the appointment of mentors. New associates are assigned mentors who serve as coaches to help them jump-start their careers. Mentors facilitate their mentee’s introduction to the Firm, the legal community, and the practice of law and then remain to guide that associate’s professional development.
Among the training opportunities available to our new associates are:
Our attorneys’ practices are not limited by defined practice groups. Practice groups are primarily management tools and are utilized for continuing education, specialized training, and the coordination of the firm’s marketing efforts. Associates are encouraged to sample a variety of practice areas, especially in their first few years.
We work individually with each associate to develop a successful and satisfying legal career. To that end, twice annually, each Associate is given an evaluation of his or her professional progress. During these bi-annual, inter-active meetings, we encourage and support associates to tailor their own specific professional development curriculum.
Shareholders are selected based on an Associate’s demonstrated adherence to the highest ethical standards, service to clients and the profession, legal acumen, and Firm citizenship. Associates are usually considered eligible to become principals after seven plus years with the Firm.
Our Associates Committee includes both Shareholders and Associates in our largest offices and is charged with addressing issues of particular relevance to Associates. In addition, the Associates Committee hosts regular meetings and training programs for all associates.
*Compensation and Bonuses:
The salary for new associates starting in 2013 is $115,000. The Firm also awards automatic hours-based bonuses of $15,000 for associates with billable and pro bono hours totaling 1800, and an additional hours-based bonuses of $15,000 at 1950 and 2100 billable and pro bono hours. Merit bonuses are awarded each year at the discretion of the Firm for a variety of factors, including exceptional contributions to the Firm, Firm-wide profitability, and other factors. Finally, all associates are considered for merit bonuses based on year-end evaluations.
*The Firm’s compensation and bonus structure are reviewed periodically and are subject to change.
We offer our associates one of the best benefits packages in the country. Following is a summary of our associates’ benefits package: