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Insiders describe Piper’s culture as laid-back and friendly, with a casual dress code to match. “It wasn’t very long ago that this was a firm of 80 lawyers, so you have a carry-over of mid-size culture and mentality,” says one insider. Maintaining a work/life balance has traditionally been a concern and billable hours are, at least for now, not emphasized over quality of life. Piper attorneys say they work less than their counterparts at a lot of other large firms do. Getting Hired Piper is looking for targeted expansion through gradual hiring of laterals in specific practice areas.

Insiders consistently describe Jones Day’s culture as team-based. Projects are staffed leanly, so associates get a lot of responsibility and client interaction. Different offices and practice groups frequently collaborate and all attorneys working on projects are expected to make a contribution. “The teamwork mentality here makes a really supportive environment,” says one insider. But while Jones Day supports career development and expects the best work possible from its attorneys, it does not encourage superstars.

Opportunities for Midcareer Candidates McDermott hires laterally on an as-needed basis, depending on the needs of specific departments. ™ 49 F I R M S becomes available. McDermott recruiters often rely on word-of-mouth in finding midcareer hires, so keep up your network of contacts and maintain a positive reputation in the industry. C. ™ F I R M S 425 Market St. com T H E Morrison & Foerster LLP Overview Considering that Morrison & Foerster is one of the world’s largest legal practices, with approximately 1,000 attorneys and 18 offices worldwide, the firm has a surprisingly consistent culture that is indicative of its roots in San Francisco: politically and socially liberal, laid back, diverse, and hardworking.

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