Am Law's mid-level associates' survey
Some of the country's top-drawer law firms have been ranked as quality workplaces by the mid-level associates in The American Lawyer's mid-level associates' annual survey. The survey measures these associates' satisfaction from working for these top-notch law firms through a questionnaire. The survey posed an average of 11 questions that summarize the firm's qualities relating to workplace benefits like good compensation, collegiality, associates-partners relations, transparency of financial and other deals, billable hours requirements, mentoring, and retention. The rankings scores are based on a one-to-five scale, with five being the highest score. Responses from 7,172 third-, fourth- and fifth-year associates (law school classes of 2002, 2003, and 2004) were taken together to calculate the individual firm scores. The results were published in the August 2007 edition of The American Lawyer magazine.
Among the 164 law firms rated for associate job satisfaction, multipractice law firm Pepper Hamilton, LLP, was ranked ninth. In Pittsburgh, Pepper Hamilton stood first, taking the second place in Philadelphia, while overall the firm was placed third among the top 100 Am Law Firms. Allen & Overy has ranked 25th out of 164 firms, while its New York office took the seventh place out of the 88 surveyed.
Helms Mulliss & Wicker grows to formidable strength
Law firm Helms Mulliss & Wicker, PLLC, specialists in corporate law, finance, and business litigation, posted record growth this year. Owing to client services needs-ranging from Fortune 100 companies and large financial institutions to start-up companies-the firm added attorneys, paralegals, and support staff members which made nearly 100 % staffing growth in 2007. This catapulted the firm's status to one of Raleigh's fastest growing law firms.
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Peter Covington, chairman of the law firm expressing his happiness said that it is nice to be able to "share in the growth of clients during these good economic times." The law firm ensures that it has sufficient resources to serve its clients quickly, which is "paramount" for the firm, Covington added. One of the most well know firms to be recognized by several top magazines for its services, Helms Mulliss & Wicker has more than 135 lawyers who focus on three practice areas including commercial litigation, complex finance, and corporate law in its offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington, NC.
Swimmer, minus swimsuit sets off massive search operation
A man who stripped and went for a late night swim off Long Beach, was apparently embarrassed and hid under a pier till he was found by the Coast Guard next morning. Neal Mello, 37, went for a swim around 9:20. When he did not return after 40 minutes, one his friends called on the authorities instigating a search. Extending about five miles offshore, the rescue operation involved boats and a helicopter. Coast Guard Lieutenant Douglas Miller said that Mello was found near where he entered the water in good physical condition, "without the benefit of a swimsuit."