We have a broad number of practice areas. Some of these practice areas are closely related, so that an attorney may from time to time work in different, but related, practice areas.
We want all of our lawyers to be well rounded in their knowledge and understanding of the law. Therefore, regardless of what practice areas an attorney may ultimately choose, we think all lawyers are well served to have some exposure to all of our practice areas. For example, even a lawyer who concentrates almost solely in the area of estate planning should have some knowledge of and experience in the area of litigation, so that the estate planning lawyer can properly identify issues involving litigation that may come up in the course of that lawyer’s estate planning practice. Thus, our younger lawyers are generally encouraged to participate in a broad range of our practice areas.
However, because our practice typically involves more complex projects requiring significant knowledge and experience, we encourage all of our lawyers to ultimately settle on one or more related practice areas in which they can become highly proficient.
Some associates who join us have already decided upon the practice area or areas in which they want to engage. Typically, this subject will have been discussed in detail between the firm and that incoming associate.
In other cases, an associate may not be sure about what areas in which that associate wants to practice. In those instances, we will make an effort to involve the associate in different practice areas to help the associate and the firm decide where the associate has the best aptitude and interest.
Sometimes, an associate may start out in one practice area, but after several years, the associate may want to cross over into other practice areas. We have always been accommodating to such a change.
We will work with an associate to permit the associate to be engaged in the practice areas in which the associate is most interested and proficient. We would never ask an associate to stay in a practice area in which that associate did not want to participate. An associate’s compensation is not determined by that associate’s practice area.