Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition.pdf

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job of bringing clarity to the process and providing official messaging about your prospects for promotion and the path to get you there, including expectations for skill set development.” • “Partnership seems possible—we elevate a lot of associates from with-in the firm, and there are also of-counsel positions for those that are in niche practice areas. As far as exit opportunities, they abound. Most probably go to the DOJ or FTC in my practice area, although I also know of some who went in-house with large companies.” • “Promotion is realistic, though it takes lots of time and effort. There are special counsel and of counsel roles for senior associates. Given the firm’s good rep in the corporate community, there are lots of exit opportunities to in house counsel and gov’t (depending on administration).” • “The firm is not transparent when it comes to leadership or partnership roles. The firm is however one of the leading firms in the DC market, and the partners/associates are very well connected. Government seems to be where many associates go after leaving the firm. I’ve also seen associates go to mid-size firms. I haven’t seen many laterals to other big law firms.” Pro Bono Commitment • “Covington has been, and continues to be, a leader in its commitment to pro bono work. The firm supports lawyers in taking on high-profile, resource-intensive litigation—like the stop-and-frisk case in New York (Floyd), voting rights challenges in the south, and death penalty cases. Lawyers also do a variety of ‘smaller’ pro bono projects, across a variety of areas (immigration, domestic violence, gun control, first amendment, etc.). Covington, of course, is home to many former government attorneys whose careers, both in government and at the firm—demonstrate a commitment to and the importance of public service.” • “I have worked on a very time-intensive and expensive federal civil rights case; the firm puts major resources (including associate time) into the matter. I billed over 800 hours last year to that case, with no push-back. The firm is not kidding when it says that it is committed to pro bono.” • “A big draw to this firm for me was its commitment to pro bono work. I have been able to work on research projects for a few nonprofit groups that do valuable work. We partner with an immigration non-profit to provide individual representation. The firm has several very interesting impact litigation projects ongoing. The firm not only encourages pro bono, but actively tries to make sure that every attorney has at least 50 hours of pro bono per year. It also gives unlimited credit to associates for pro bono hours when it comes to earning bonuses.” • “Pro bono is a huge part of the firm, and it is considered just as important as billable work. On top of that, we have six month secondments to local legal services charities where you work there full-time, collecting your normal pay and having your bonus pro-rated for the time spent.
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