Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.
|Main office||222 North La Salle Street, Suite 300 | Chicago | IL | 60601|
|Year of establishment||1934|
|Number of offices||26|
|Number of attorneys||472|
|Number of associates||184|
|Number of partners||314|
|Partner: associate ratio||1.70|
|Percent women attorneys||21.20|
Hinshaw & Culbertson is a national law firm that offers full-service practice. It focuses on litigation, corporate and business law, environmental, labor and employment law, professional liability defense, and taxation matters. The firm serves both for-profit and not-for-profit clients in industries, including construction, financial services, health care, insurance, legal, manufacturing, real estate, retail and transportation. It also represents government agencies, municipalities and schools. Hinshaw values long-term client relationships. The attorneys of the firm are more than clients’ lawyers. They help the clients build sustainable businesses. This necessitates creation of next generation solution, meaning a little creativity applied to legal issues or problems. They give a wide variety of refined legal advice. Since the firm is having offices in many of the major cities across the country, it has the national expertise coupled with regional or local knowledge. It strives for giving quality and reliable service. With the introduction of affinity network policy, Hinshaw’s diversity and inclusion efforts have expanded. The firm’s affinity networks are based on various factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, and are intended to promote diversity and inclusion within the firm. Hinshaw was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Chicago. It has offices in 12 states: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. With approximately 500 attorneys, the firm has 24 offices.
Areas of practice
Awards and recognitions
- Hinshaw & Culbertson was awarded the Defense Research Institute's (DRI's) annual Law Firm Diversity Award on October 25, 2012.
- MultiCultural Law Magazine ranked Hinshaw 40th nationwide in overall diversity in its 2011 "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity." Daily Business Review lists Hinshaw as the law firm in South Florida that experienced the highest percentage increase in minority attorney employment over the previous five years. The Diversity Scorecard also lists Hinshaw among the top 10 firms in the categories of "Firms With the Most Black Attorneys," and "Firms With the Most Women Attorneys."
- The firm and its diverse members have been recognized by prominent organizations as recipients of awards and honors. In 2012 alone, the firm received both DRI's Law Firm Diversity Award and also the "Setting the Bar" Award from Equality Illinois for being "a leading law firm for LGBT Equality."
- Loyola University School of Law has awarded Tom H. Luetkemeyer, a Chicago-based partner in the Labor & Employment Practice of Hinshaw, its Francis J. Rooney / St. Thomas More Award. The award is given annually to an alumnus for his or her continuous and outstanding loyalty and dedicated service to the school. Mr. Luetkemeyer was honored at an alumni awards luncheon on October 23, 2012.
- Joshua G. Vincent, a Chicago-based Partner in the Appellate Group at Hinshaw was presented the Seventh Circuit Bar Association's Pro Bono and Public Service Award for his outstanding pro bono work in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on May 7, 2012.
The firm's attorneys are continually recognized and honored for their legal abilities. Here is a sample:
- More than 215 Hinshaw attorneys hold Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings for their professional legal ability and ethical standards. More than 125 of them hold the AV
With the assistance from the office partners-in-charge, the department leaders, and the practice group leaders, the associate hiring committee recruits associates with strong academic records who exhibit the core behaviors of working hard, taking ownership, good judgment, motivation, and professionalism. Candidates must demonstrate excellent writing skills and participation in law review, law journals, and/or moot court is highly recommended.
Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Hinshaw is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting its attorneys and staff members regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, physical ability, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. The firm believes that achieving this objective has positive business, economic and social consequences for it and its communities.
The firm is committed to maintaining this objective in both the short and long terms. Always mindful of this mission, it actively and aggressively seeks to hire, retain and promote diverse attorneys, including African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, Women and LGBT attorneys.
Hinshaw has a longstanding commitment to ensuring that it reflects the diversity of the world in which it practices. With a formal diversity initiative led by the firm's diversity committee and chief diversity and inclusion officer, its recruiting and hiring programs, its partner promotions and management assignments reflect this result-oriented commitment to diversity.
Approximately 75 lawyers in the firm are minorities, and the retention rate is strong and 158 female lawyers practice with the firm. Female partners serve as partners-in-charge of Hinshaw's offices in Fort Lauderdale (Cheryl Wilke), Northwest Indiana-Schererville (Renee J. Mortimer), Rockford (Penelope M. Lechtenberg) and St. Louis (Terese A. Drew). Robert J. Romero, a minority partner, serves as partner-in-charge of Hinshaw's San Francisco office. James F. Clayborne, Jr. II, a minority partner in Belleville, Illinois, has served as State Senator for the 57th District since 1995. Three female partners, Bethany K. Culp (Specialty Litigation & Insurance Coverage), Marissa I. Delinks (Professional Lines) and Terese A. Drew (Defense Litigation), chair national practice groups.
A black female partner, Leslie Richards-Yellen, is the firm's first chief diversity and inclusion officer as well as the chair of the firm's diversity committee. Ms. Richards-Yellen is responsible for implementing firm-wide diversity initiatives along with the firm's diversity committee, and developing best practices and supporting recruitment efforts for the firm.
Hinshaw is among the 249 largest and highest grossing law firm in the Minority Law Journal's 2010 Diversity Scorecard.
The firm continues its long-standing tradition of recruiting diverse and female law students for its summer associate program. Its formal mentoring program is specifically tailored to support diverse associates in their advancement in the firm and in meeting their professional goals and aspirations.
Reflecting its diversity and desire to serve community, its lawyers across the country are fluent in 20 different languages.
Hinshaw's diversity and inclusion efforts have been expanded with the introduction of its Affinity Network Policy. It has now established affinity networks that operate on a firm-wide basis and work to enhance its diversity mission and goals. The affinity networks are based on various factors, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, and are intended to promote diversity and inclusion within our firm.
The firm encourages its attorneys to participate in organizations and associations that enhance their professional, civic and cultural development. As a result, many of them are active members in a wide variety of community, women- and minority-based organizations.
Hinshaw is a participating signatory of the Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women's "Call to Action," a project to promote women's leadership in the legal profession. It is also a participating signatory of the Bar Association of San Francisco's No Glass Ceiling Initiative whose main goals include having at least 25 percent of women in partnership positions and at least 25 percent of women in management positions.
The firm and its diverse members have been recognized by prominent organizations as recipients of awards and honors. Because of the firm's national presence, it is involved in many national, state and local organizations, actively supporting them both with time and financial contributions.
Summer associate program
Hinshaw's summer associate program is designed to expose law students to the practice and management areas, as well as the culture of the firm. Many of the firm's 24 offices participate in the program. Summer associates gain a working knowledge of the firm, its clients, and its expectations for new attorneys. At the same time, firm's attorneys will get to know each associate.
As summer associates are expected to get a thorough understanding of the firm's client base and the work environment, they rotate through each of its departments. They are encouraged to work with a variety of attorneys and departments to get an idea of the opportunities available for them.
To meet the individual needs of summer associates who come to the program with a unique set of skills, goals, experiences, and interests, each summer associate is matched with an attorney mentor as well as a counselor so that he can complete assignments given to him. Mentors are responsible for integrating the associates into the firm by giving them appropriate feedback and general guidance and support. A summer associate coordinator assists the mentors in giving diverse, interesting and challenging assignments.
A key element in developing solid professional skills is receiving ongoing, constructive feedback on performance. To that end, summer associates receive two formal reviews - one at mid-summer and another at the end of the program - based on confidential written evaluations by the attorneys for whom they work. In addition, all attorneys are encouraged to provide direct, ongoing feedback to summer associates while they work on current assignments.
Social activities are arranged throughout the summer so that participants can meet the firm's attorneys outside of the working environment. In addition to activities to which all Hinshaw attorneys are invited, arrangements are made for summer associates to get together as a group for events on their own. These include social as well as community service events.
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