222 North La Salle Street, Suite 300 | Chicago | IL | 60601
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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.
- The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia's (ICTY's) Appeals Chamber on November 20, 2012 reversed General Ante Gotovina and General Mladen Marka?'s convictions for crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war and entered verdicts of acquittal. Gen. Marka? was the Assistant Minister of the Interior and Operation Commander of the Special Police in Croatia in 1995. Tomislav Z. Kuzmanovic, a Milwaukee-based partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, was one of the lawyers defending Gen. Marka? at trial and on appeal.
- A Hinshaw Chicago-based team secured a reversal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit of an order certifying two classes in an employment discrimination lawsuit filed against Walsh Construction Company (Walsh). Bolden et al v. Walsh Construction Co., (Aug. 8 2012). Hinshaw's team previously was successful in defeating at the district court level five of the seven classes proposed by plaintiffs. Plaintiffs had alleged that superintendents employed by Walsh - which is one of the largest builders in the United States - practiced, or tolerated, two kinds of racial discrimination: in assigning overtime work, and in working conditions. Plaintiffs asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to certify the suit as a class action covering all of Walsh's 262 projects in the Chicago area since mid-2001. The district court's certification of the two remaining proposed classes: (1) a hostile-work-environment class, and (2) an overtime class, was the focus of the appeal.
- David A. Sorensen, a Chicago-based partner of Hinshaw in 2012 secured a directed verdict after the close of all evidence for defendant nephrologist in a medical malpractice action brought by plaintiff, a prison inmate who alleged improper medical care under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The patient claimed ineffective and inappropriate treatments, including medical treatments allegedly contraindicated by the very instructions attendant to medications prescribed by the doctor, who the patient claimed caused him harm in relation to kidney/dialysis, HIV, and Hepatitis C treatments.
- A team of attorneys in the Boston office of Hinshaw represented a performance bond surety facing $10+ million in claims for incomplete, defective and delayed work on a private condominium project in Stonington, Connecticut. The surety denied the claim on the grounds that the obligee had failed to satisfy certain conditions precedent set forth in the performance bond. Hinshaw secured summary judgment in 2012 on behalf of the surety in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
- Hinshaw's Chicago office team obtained in October, 2011 a victory on behalf of a former chief financial officer (CFO) of a Fortune 250 company in a "stock drop" ERISA class action. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, involved claims that company officers who were also plan fiduciaries of a company benefit plan that invested in the company's stock violated ERISA by failing to disclose accounting errors in the company's financial statements. Finding that all claims against the former CFO (and claims against the company relating to his conduct) were time-barred because there was no evidence that he fraudulently concealed anything from the auditors of the company's profit-sharing plan, the court granted summary judgment in favor of Hinshaw's client. Plaintiffs had sought more than $360 million in claimed damages.
- The firm successfully defended three Sangamon County (Illinois) Jail correctional officers in a Section 1983 civil rights case in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois tried on August 23 and 24, 2011. The officers were accused of using excessive force on plaintiff inmate during a cell removal where they tasered the inmate four times. The jury was out for less than 1.5 hours and returned a verdict in favor of all defendants.
- Edward K. Lenci and Joel D. Bertocchi, respectively partners in the New York and Chicago offices of Hinshaw, recently persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Fensterstock v. Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., 611 F.3d 124 (2d Cir. 2010). The Second Circuit had declared a class arbitration waiver in a promissory note to be unconscionable under California law.
- The Illinois Supreme Court in 2006 overturned an Appellate Court (2d Dist.) decision in the matter of Tri-G, Inc., et al., v. Burke, Bosselman & Weaver et al., and followed California's and New York's lead on public policy. The state's high court held that lost punitive damages are not allowed as compensatory damages in legal malpractice cases in Illinois. Hinshaw attorneys filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) supporting Burke, Bosselman & Weaver (Burke). The position of the amici and defendant prevailed, and as a result set public policy for Illinois.
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.
Salary & benefits
401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
Bar Association Fees
Business Casual Dress Code
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Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Long-term Disability Insurance
Medical Spending Account
Short-term Disability Insurance
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
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The philosophy of the firm is to hire the most talented individuals and help them work in a challenging, entrepreneurial environment that fosters team work and communication. The firm is committed to your advancement through orientation, training and mentor programs. It gives you an opportunity to work with interesting colleagues and clients in a diverse law firm setting. You will be encouraged to strike balance between work and life. You will get all the support to hone your skills and build a successful and rewarding legal career. Besides, you will get benefits such as health and welfare insurance, a generous vacation. Immediately you are hired, you will get the benefit of 401 (k) plan. The firm contributes to a Money Purchase Pension Plan.
The firm provides quality legal representation and services to the indigent. It has a pro bono committee.
As part of its commitment to the courts and the community, each entry-level associate in the Chicago office of the firm is assigned a criminal or prisoner civil rights case under the Criminal Justice Act from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Supervised by senior attorneys, entry-level associates awaiting their bar exam results research and draft appellate briefs and then argue the cases as soon as they get license. This program gives new associates the opportunity to do something beneficial for the community and the court system while gaining practical experience with a case involving real stakes and real clients. It also provides them with meaningful work while waiting for the results of the bar exam and provides our partners with more seasoned, self-confident associates.
The firm expects every attorney to take up pro bono work for 20 hours a year. Attorneys' commitment to pro bono work will benefit them in terms of their advancement and compensation. Over 20 percent of attorneys and 35 percent of partners take up pro bono work. On An average every attorney spends over 17 hours annually on pro bono work and an associate spends 20 hours while a partner devotes 15 hours. The firm, as such, usually contributes about 9000 hours a year.
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