We believe that certain characteristics are key predictors of future success with our firm. We seek attorneys with a demonstrated capacity for hard work who are eager and able to assume substantial responsibility early in their careers. We are interested in people who value the concept of teamwork and who have the highest ethical standards. We desire attorneys who are competitive, but who are also personable and have a sense of humor. We value people who can see the larger picture and keep things in perspective.
Our firm’s friendly atmosphere, coupled with a high level of professionalism, provides an environment that promotes learning and professional satisfaction. We have always valued a strong spirit of cooperation, emphasizing a working environment built upon mutual respect. As a mid-sized firm, Freehill Hogan & Mahar affords the lawyers who practice with us a genuine opportunity to play a role in shaping the future of the firm.
New associates are given immediate opportunities, and their responsibilities are increased commensurate with their ability and performance. We seek to nurture the development of our associates’ sound judgment, and their legal skills, by involving them in a real way in significant cases. Associates are encouraged to take initiative.
We take seriously our responsibility to provide the training necessary to help associates make the transition from the study of law to the practice of law. The firm also emphasizes providing quality service to our clients, and associates learn how to provide efficient and practical legal services in accordance with the clients’ goals. Associates are included in business development efforts. Writing and speaking on topics of professional interest are encouraged.
We recruit and hire summer associates with the hope that each of them will merit an offer of full-time employment. Summer employment is usually twelve weeks long. We will consider a split summer, but on a case by case basis. We try to ensure that each summer associate has a full opportunity to work on a variety of assignments. To that end, summer associates are not assigned to a department or to a particular attorney.
During the course of a summer, we attempt to help law students begin to make the transition from an academic to a practical approach to the law. Summer associates are encouraged to avail themselves of opportunities to attend depositions, oral arguments, court conferences, trials and arbitration hearings, so they can observe the litigation process. Our goal is to provide summer associates with meaningful assignments that will help them understand the nature and challenges of our practice. By the end of a summer, a summer associate should have a clear picture of Freehill Hogan & Mahar, both in terms of the work we do and the people we are.
You are invited to submit your resume to the attention of Hiring Partner William J. Pallas, by mail or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).