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

But for attorneys who fit the culture the firm is a

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party hard with their co-workers. But for attorneys who fit the culture, the firm is a lovely place to practice, with reasonable hours expectations, market pay, respectful partners, and a true commitment to pro bono. Although the partnership track may be difficult, associates say it is achievable and the exit opportunities—especially to the government—are top notch. Satisfaction • “This firm is an excellent place to practice the law. Truly a collegial environment, with first-rate partners and associates. Speaking for myself, I am glad to be an attorney here, and the environment is such that someone who is naturally driven will want to work twice as hard because the subject matter is interesting and management is supportive.” • “Overall, I’m very happy at Covington. Senior lawyers in my practice group keep giving me greater levels of responsibility, largely based on merit rather than seniority. Hours are generally manageable, but when they’re not, it’s not due to firm culture but due to the demands of a given matter.” • “The firm has great culture, people are very collegiate, and partners are all approachable. Associates are given a good share of responsibility early in their careers, but partners are always there to help them and guide them if necessary. No minimum billable hours requirement (in the NY office), but market compensation for everyone, makes it a very good deal (even though in practice we work a good number of hours and are expected to).” • “I lateraled from another firm and the experiences are night-and-day different. Here I feel appreciated rather than merely fungible, I get more substantial work on more interesting cases, and I really enjoy my coworkers. Could not be happier.” Firm Culture • “The hallmark of a Covington attorney, and thus the culture of the firm, is a thoughtful engagement with the law and commitment to excellent work that is driven by personal pride and enjoyment in legal work. As compared with other firms, Covington might be considered more bookish, drawing a more reserved personality.” • “As advertised, the atmosphere at Covington is brainy, quiet, and introverted. People tend to keep to themselves and manage most of their own socializing. In DC, practice groups and affinity groups have monthly lunches, and there are optional weekly firm-wide lunches with guest speakers. There are also optional monthly happy hours. Politically, the firm has some traditional (non-Trump) conservatives but is largely leftist, particularly in its energetic and strategic approach to its pro bono efforts, which focus on criminal justice reform and civil rights, with clients ranging from the death row appellants to the leaders of Black Lives Matter.” • “Everyone is exceedingly pleasant with each other, which makes for a very nice work environment. People socialize at firm events or occasionally some associates will get together outside of work, but people prefer to maintain lives outside of the office. The people here are generally left-leaning politically, but politics don’t really seep into the work at all.”
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