Many of the Firm's associates are recruited through our summer associate program and from judicial clerkships. We search for people whose academic record and demonstrated motivation convince us that the individual has partnership potential. Because of the unique conditions affecting the Southwest, our Firm's clients have particularly diverse needs, not only regionally but nationally and internationally. Essential to our practice, then, is for every new attorney to possess the kind of excellent analytical skills and considerable maturity necessary for direct client contact and major responsibility early in one's legal career.
When an associate starts with the Firm, he or she is assigned to typically two Practice Groups but is encouraged to work in all areas before deciding upon the practice area that is most suitable. Annually, the associate has the opportunity to discuss changing Practice Group assignments.
An associate is given significant responsibilities to handle client matters. To assist in training associates, the Firm offers formal training meetings, as well as informal educational opportunities. Additionally, the Firm encourages and pays for our associates to attend high quality continuing education seminars that are germane to their practice.
Salary and Benefits
Salary and benefits are competitive with those firms in our area with comparable practices and are discussed at appropriate times.
Many of the Firm's attorneys have completed federal judicial clerkships and the Firm recognizes the value this adds in researching, writing and legal analysis.
Each associate is hired with the expectation that he or she will become a partner. Associates are formally evaluated annually and are given a partnership evaluation at the end of their third, fifth and sixth years. Currently, our partnership track is seven and one-third years.