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

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training is much more specific to the work you’re doing and the career you want to have.” Career Outlook • “I feel I have a realistic shot at partner or just staying on as counsel if I decide I like the work but don’t want to be in the partner role. The firm seems to be continually growing at what I consider a sustainable pace and is not overly dependent on any particular area (possibly labor, but the nature of that market is less sensitive to economy as a whole than say M&A or even bankruptcy) and continues to focus and expand both abroad and domestically.” • “While no up and out, there’s definitely a ‘stagnate’ level that you reach at a point, and the firm is not great in my experience about helping people to transition.” • “Proskauer is the new hot firm to work at. With the best private equity, labor and employment, and (glamorous) sports and entertainment practices in the country, and a Times Square headquarters, and a growing Top 25 profits per partner, Proskauer is becoming the global firm to be at. For those who actually want to be a partner, they can definitely do it. Someone in my department was promoted to partner after 8 years. Another was promoted to senior counsel after 9 years. You just have to want it.” • “Promotion depends on departmental need.” Pro Bono Commitment • “We have a partner who is specifically dedicated to pro bono work. But in addition to him, there are numerous partners who circulate pro bono opportunities to associates and actually encourage them to take them. Partners have readily agreed to supervise me every time I’ve reached out to them about a pro bono matter, which is wonderful. Also, pro bono hours are credited towards your billables without limit. It’s really nice to know the firm is truly committed to pro bono, and not just for marketing or publicity purposes without actual commitment.” • “Renewed commitment to pro bono based on recent hire of a new pro bono partner and assistant.” • “Pro bono is encouraged from day one of orientation. So far I have worked on 501(c)(3) governance and Kids In Need of Defense pro bono matters.” • “[Unlimited] hours of pro bono count towards billable hours. The firm encourages (and expects) all attorneys to participate in pro bono assignments.” Diversity Efforts • “Relative to many other firms, Proskauer’s efforts with respect to diversity in hiring, promotion, and mentoring (especially with respect to females and mothers) are nothing short of impressive. That being said, BigLaw has a very long way to go.” • “Many efforts to advance/retain certain women, but less effort to retain those outside the privileged few/New York office. Maternity leave and paternity leave seem to generally be exercised (male associates often take 1 month). Recent program designed to offer reduced hours for female associates returning from leave while continuing to pay compensation at same rate seems to be successful.”
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