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number of new partners elected each year, many senior associates who are partner-level attorneys get passed over, sometimes for multiple years.” • “Promotion to partnership may be realistic but the outlook of the firm is concerning. The cost-cutting mentality of the leadership limits our potential growth.” • “The firm often uses the counsel position as a stepping stone to partner. Elevation to Counsel only requires the vote of the practice group and elevation to partner requires a vote by all partners. The practice groups will often promote an associate to counsel while awaiting a full partner vote. Our practice group places quite a few attorneys in-house and there are numerous opportunities to exit by going in-house.” • “Partnership is a realistic goal for those prepared to put in the time and effort. Senior associates may transition to counsel instead of partner, but partnership is strongly preferred by the firm over the counsel role.” Pro Bono Commitment • “Pro bono seems to actually be valued at Dentons, and there’s a wide variety of projects you can get involved in.” • “The firm is committed to supporting pro bono work. A partner in my office is our pro bono coordinator and is very encouraging. When I had to turn down billable work to finish a substantive pleading in a pro bono case, the partner with whom I was working was very supportive. I have two pro bono projects currently: (1) a guardianship matter through a local nonprofit; and (2) an excessive force police case where we represent a previously pro se plaintiff.” • “I have received quite a lot trainings for pro bono works, and there are some really cool pro bono opportunities.” • “While the firm promotes pro bono work, not every partner supports associates working on pro bono matters instead of billable work.” Diversity Efforts • “The firm’s group for women hosts an event and does some good outreach for women on maternity leave. There is room for improvement, but the firm is making an effort and the group’s events and programs have gotten increasingly better each year.” • “New parental policy rolled out in late 2016 is gender neutral and provides for 18 weeks paid (eight weeks unpaid) leave for primary or secondary caregivers.” • “The firm has many women partners and seems to be a positive/nurturing environment to young women associates. On all other aspects, it lags behind its peers on diversity.” • “Diversity in hiring is generally high. Retention of diverse candidates is difficult, leading to decreased diversity at the partner, and leadership, levels.”
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DENTONS Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition DENTONS © 2017 Vault.com Inc. 516 FUN FACTS “Both Howard Dean and Newt Gingrich work here.” n n n “There is no head office and, as such, each office has its own culture.”
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PRESTIGE RANKING 517 Visit vault.com for more on BakerHostetler, including the firm’s Diversity Report.
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