The Lateral Experience
We are committed to hiring top talent. If you enjoy challenging work with a focus on middle-market business clients, then a position at Hirschler may be right for you.
We take pride in finding team members who will add to our collegial and entrepreneurial culture, and strongly believe that diversity enhances the quality of our firm and enriches the experience of all of our attorneys.
We are always pleased to hear from you if you have an interest in joining Hirschler.
What To Expect
Lateral associates who join Hirschler will be assigned to primary and secondary practice groups based on their area(s) of expertise or primary interest. Lateral associates will have the opportunity to try other practice groups as they progress in their careers at the firm. Information about promotion to partner will be provided to each lateral associate in his or her offer letter. The firm considers prior experience, areas of practice and existing client relationships in determining eligibility for promotion.
Experienced attorneys who join Hirschler as equity or non-equity partners will similarly be assigned to primary and secondary practice groups based on their area(s) of expertise. Lateral partners are encouraged to bring existing clients to the firm; our administrative team is adept in assisting with the onboarding necessary to set up files for these clients. Hirschler’s attorneys have expertise across a variety of specialties, allowing for comprehensive representation of clients.
Compensation and Benefits
Benefits are an important part of the total compensation package at Hirschler and ours is designed to benefit every member of the firm and support each individual's diverse needs. We offer a competitive salary along with a comprehensive benefits package which includes a generous combined leave program, performance and year-end bonuses, medical and dental plans, 401(k) and retirement plan.
Health, Vision and Dental Benefits
We provide comprehensive medical, vision and dental plans with options that allow attorneys to choose the benefits that are best for them and their family. Hirschler covers the cost for each associate's health insurance coverage and provides a contribution toward the cost of coverage for family members.
Life and Disability Benefits
We provide a variety of life and disability insurance options to provide financial protection for our employees and their family, including Group Term Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance, Supplemental Life and AD&D Insurance, Short Term Disability Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance, and Supplemental Long Term Disability Insurance.
Work Life Benefits
Hirschler is committed to helping all of our employees reach their full potential. To this end, we strive to continually enhance the professional and personal development resources available to our employees by providing an Employee Assistance Program, flexible scheduling, parking subsidies, paid holidays and Paid Time Off (PTO), referral bonuses, legal fee reimbursement and tuition reimbursement, and access to an onsite fitness center. Hirschler also recognizes its employees through an annual Staff Appreciation Week celebration, Lunch On Us lotteries, monthly firm lunches, and family events.
We provide benefit programs that allow employees the opportunity to take advantage of tax-free and tax-deferral opportunities including health savings accounts, dependent care spending, health care spending accounts, 401(k) contributions, and 529 College Savings plans.
The firm sponsors and encourages participation in our Retirement Plan, which includes employer safe harbor contribution, 401(k) salary deferral component, and Roth 401(k) feature.
Hirschler is committed to the professional and personal development of our lawyers. We have a professional development program and active Associates' Committee. Additionally, we encourage Continuing Legal Education courses and cover all bar expenses and professional liability insurance.
Legal Search Firms
Legal search firms should contact Myrna Rooks, Director of Legal Recruiting in order to present candidates to Hirschler. Hirschler will not acknowledge “ownership” of a candidate who is not introduced through the Director of Legal Recruiting with respect to an “Open Position." Search firms that desire to introduce a candidate for which there is no “Open Position” should contact the Director of Legal Recruiting for approval to submit the candidate for consideration by Hirschler. Search firms will not be entitled to compensation from Hirschler as a result of a decision to offer employment to a candidate unless and until a written fee agreement is entered into between the applicable search firm and Hirschler. Any such compensation will be payable in accordance with such fee agreement.
Where you work is an important decision, and we want you to be well informed. Here we answer some of the frequently asked questions we receive from lateral candidates.
Q: What is the process for hiring experienced attorneys?
A: Candidates for employment with Hirschler should apply here. Selected candidates will be invited to interview with multiple attorneys at the firm, depending on the candidate’s areas of expertise and areas of potential practice. In some cases, a second or third interview may be requested with a candidate.
Q: How will my compensation be determined?
A: Initial compensation will be included in a lateral attorney’s offer letter and will vary by attorney. Lateral associates will generally receive compensation at a fixed annual rate and will be eligible for performance and discretionary bonuses at the end of each calendar year. Lateral partners will generally receive compensation at a fixed annual rate. Certain lateral partners will be eligible for additional bonus compensation based on annual performance. Details of compensation will be outlined in the lateral attorney’s offer letter.
Q: What type of legal support services are available to me?
A: Each attorney is assigned a professional assistant. Professional assistants typically serve 3 to 4 attorneys or other time keepers. Administrative assistance is available after hours on a first come, first served basis. In addition, attorneys will have access to paralegals and all other attorneys in the firm to support client work. The firm employs a part-time librarian to support various research initiatives.
Q: What are the firm’s requirements for a lateral attorney’s existing book of business?
A: An experienced attorney’s existing book of business is one factor that will be considered in evaluating a candidate for lateral employment and, in particular, with respect to lateral partners. However, there is no strict requirement as to the level of existing business a lateral attorney must have in order to receive an offer for permanent employment.
Q: What opportunities are there for professional development?
A: The firm regularly offers in-house educational and development programs, including in-house CLEs. Attorneys are encouraged to seek out other educational and development opportunities offered by other organizations. The firm regularly supports attorneys in their attendance at CLE programs and industry and educational conferences.
Q: What expectations are there for business development?
A: Hirschler prides itself in providing quality service to existing clients in a team-oriented environment. Lateral attorneys are encouraged, and supported in their efforts, to develop business directly and in collaboration with other attorneys in the firm. The firm’s expectations with respect to business development depend on multiple factors, including the level of experience and years of practice of the lateral attorney. Generally, the firm expects that lateral partners will take a meaningful role in business development with respect to new and existing clients of the firm. Lateral associates are expected to become more involved in business development efforts as they progress closer towards consideration for promotion to partner.