Why Glaser Weil?
You Work With The Decision Makers: Glaser Weil has the size and scope to handle complex and sophisticated matters while retaining the camaraderie and close professional relationships of a boutique firm. The majority of our lawyers practice together under one roof in modern, high-tech office facilities in the MGM Tower, located in the Century City complex on the Westside of Los Angeles. The Firm fosters a team environment where new associates work side-by-side with the Firm’s partners, associates, paralegals and support staff. New associates have the opportunity to interact and form relationships with the individuals in this office who make all decisions concerning employment and advancement.
Attorneys Are Encouraged to Expand Their Horizons: Generally the Firm asks incoming recruits to choose between the Litigation Department and the Business Department (although some later switch). The firm makes every effort to maximize the diversity of matters on which lawyers work. For example, it is not uncommon for a litigator to handle cases in areas as diverse as entertainment, defamation, inverse condemnation, securities litigation, labor litigation and civil rights. Similarly, it is not unusual for a business attorney to handle transactions in multiple fields such as technology, real estate, health care, gaming and banking. This variety makes for a more interesting day-to-day practice as well as a more well-rounded professional growth experience. Specialized fields such as taxation, environmental law and entertainment/new media are also available options for qualified individuals.
Early Hands-On Experience and Client Contact: At Glaser Weil new associates do more than research. At the earliest stages of their careers associates are given the training and opportunity to attend and, where appropriate, conduct depositions and make court appearances. In addition, the large number of trials and arbitrations the Firm handles enables litigation associates to learn very early in their careers how to prepare for trial, present evidence and interact with witnesses, judges and juries. It is not uncommon for first and second year associates to conduct depositions and argue motions. One of the goals in training attorneys is to provide immediate "hands-on" experience. While research and writing skills are critically important, the Firm encourages and allows attorneys to get as much courtroom experience as possible. Similarly, the Firm includes business associates in all phases of business transactions and encourages them to communicate with and assist in the development of clients.
Big Firm Experience in a Smaller Firm Setting: As one of the premiere firms in California, the Firm is called upon regularly to represent clients in high-stakes (and often highly publicized) business deals and lawsuits in which much larger law firms appear on the other side. Associates experience varied and challenging work of the type typically offered only in firms many times the size of Glaser Weil, yet enjoy the advantages of an unstructured atmosphere that promotes freedom of individual expression, personal contact with co-workers and access to partners.
The Firm Helps Associates Succeed: The Firm hires no more than the number of lawyers needed with the expectation that each will succeed. New associates are given a genuine opportunity to thrive within a true merit system. Consequently, the Firm has found it unnecessary to engage in layoffs of associates or to revoke offers to incoming graduates based on changes in the economic climate. The Firm has always enjoyed a core base of extremely loyal clients that provide stability and enable growth in both good and bad economic times. The Firm is Not Dependent Upon One Client or One Industry: The extraordinary diversity of the Firm's client base gives the Firm the stability, strength and flexibility to weather fluctuations in local, national and international economies and capital markets.
The Firm Stresses Quality, Not Quantity: The Firm does not have a bonus or compensation formula based on the number of hours billed. Rather, the Firm emphasizes quality and creativity of legal work and rewards initiative and good results. The Firm bases bonuses on these factors, not billable hour formulas.
Stimulating Practice: We believe no other firm offers a more unusual, diverse and exciting practice than Glaser Weil. At all levels, attorneys continuously look for ways to increase the firm’s expertise and maintain excellence in the delivery of legal services. Associates and partners are actively involved in training programs and in helping to manage and operate the Firm's litigation and other practice areas. Business Development Bonus: The Firm fully encourages associates to bring in new clients, including small businesses and individuals with the potential for growth and development. Associates who are successful in bringing clients to the Firm receive additional compensation derived from the legal fees received from each new client. As a result, many associates have significantly increased their annual compensation while building valuable business development skills. At Glaser Weil, the best way for an associate to become a partner is to think and act like a partner and to take a proprietary interest in the Firm’s practice.
Training: The Firm offers tremendous opportunity for professional development and advancement. Formal training is frequently conducted for attorneys, especially in the techniques of litigation practice. Associates also receive on-the-job training by way of participation in trials, depositions, court hearings and client meetings. While early responsibility and rapid advancement is encouraged, each attorney is allowed to develop at his or her own pace.
Promotion: The Firm has a flexible track to partnership, dependent on the particular attorney's development and contribution. The Firm does not believe in and does not employ a lock-step compensation system. Moreover, the Firm does not impose billable hour requirements or tie billable hours to compensation.
Benefits: In addition to salary and bonus, full-time associates receive a number of perks and fringe benefits. They include life insurance, health insurance, parking privileges, paid Bar Association dues, paid continuing professional education, participation in the Firm's 401(k) plan and other items, as determined by the Firm from time to time.
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