Bingham McCutchen LLP.
Bingham McCutchen LLP.
|Main office||One Federal Street, | Boston | MA | 02110-1726|
|Year of establishment||1891|
|Number of offices||15|
|Number of attorneys||922|
|Number of associates||514|
|Number of partners||432|
|Partner: associate ratio||0.80|
|Percent women attorneys||28.70|
|Percent minority attorneys||18.40|
|Percent gay attorneys||2.50|
As a global law firm, Bingham McCutchen LLP has approximately 1,100 attorneys spread across nine US offices and four international offices. The firm represents clients across diverse areas such as corporate litigation, cross-border restructurings, insolvencies, financing and securities, capital markets, and an entire range of corporate as well as technology transactions. In 2009, Fortune magazine in its article mentioned Bingham McCutchen as the 30th best company to work for. Bingham McCutchen came up on this list for the fifth consecutive year. Similar honors were bestowed upon this firm by a various other publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Business Journal, Washington Business Journal, and the Boston Business Journal. The company is on a sharp growth curve since 1997. The firm has grown in the number of attorneys, offices, and revenues on its way forward and has absorbed other law firm as well. Its offices are concentrated in the California and East Coast Areas. The firm also offers a diverse range of consulting services through its subsidiaries the Bingham Consulting Group and Bingham Strategic Advisors. Bingham McCutchen has its roots in the old-line Boston based firm Bingham, Dana & Gould. Since the 1990's the firm embraced a growth strategy transforming it to a national and then an internationally successful firm. Prior to that, Bingham was a regional heavy weight, especially in the Boston area. In 1997, the firm acquired an international focused firm Marks and Murase along with its entire list of Japanese clients. It also opened office in New York City along with a 25-member lawyer team from Marks. The firm also established an office in Hartford, Connecticut through a merger with Hebb & Giltin, which had a 55-lawyer team. This firm concentrated on international bankruptcy work. In this, manner the firm took to several mergers and acquisitions and finally emerged as 800 lawyer strong Bingham McCutchen. The year 2003 saw the firm expanding in Southern California. Shortly after, in 2006, a Washington DC firm - Swidler Berlin Sheriff Friedman merged with Bingham McCutchen, giving it greater abilities in the nation's capital. The firm also launched in Hong Kong in the same year. The following years saw more mergers especially with two Tokyo based firms to build a strong US presence in Japan. The July 2009 firm acquired McKee Nelson, which was a midsize firm that specialized in tax law as well as structured finance.
Areas of practice
Awards and recognitions
Bingham McCutchen has consistently received awards and accolades repeatedly for its top performance in the legal arena. This list details some of the best awards that the company has received over time:
Other awards include:
Named one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For".
Received the Legal Standard for Excellence Award from the Web Marketing Association in 2007 and 2008.
"Webby" award in the law category in 2008, for its innovative website design and function.
Nominated for three Chambers USA 2011 Awards for Excellence.
Won the SharePoint Innovator of the Year Award at the International Legal Technology Association's (ILTA) 2011 Distinguished Peer Awards program in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2011, ranked as one of MultiCultural Law Magazine's 2011 "Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity".
Recognized on the "Top 50 Law Firms for Partners" and "Top 100 Law Firms for Women" lists.
In 2011, Bingham scored 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index. This was based on its treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors.
For eight years running (2005-2012) FORTUNE magazine named Bingham as one of its 100 Best Companies to Work For.
The company has straightforward and uncomplicated hiring criteria for lawyers and other personnel who wish to build their careers here. The company strongly desires that candidates possess strong academics, excellent writing and communication skills along with integrity and initiative.
Also strongly desired are high motivation and strong interpersonal skills along with competence and common sense. Additionally, the candidates need to possess a strong sense of humor. Contributions to journals, clinical programs, moot court activities, and prior work experience are welcome. The company also actively participates in job fairs such as:
Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair
Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair
BASF Diversity Career Fair
National LGBT Bar Association Career Fair/Conference
Taxation Interview Program (TIP)
Bingham actively seeks candidates who meet the above recruitment criteria. Bingham McCutchen also recruits from campus interviews and visited nearly 24 law schools and 7 job fairs for recruiting fresh talent to the company.
Bingham truly believes in diversity and recognizes it as a power that brings together women and men of diverse races, religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. The diversity program that Bingham follows is a critical element of the company's culture and reflects upon its business and values. The company has achieved and sustained high-level recognition by recruiting stronger, more energetic, dynamic and creative individuals from diverse backgrounds.
As further commitment to diversity at the workplace, the company established the diversity taskforce in 2002, which evolved into a permanent firm committee, the diversity committee, in 2006. The diversity committee works companywide to accomplish the diversity action plan. Additionally, the firm has created a Thurgood Marshall Fellowship, which honors the first American justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The company also participates in the Boston Lawyers Group and the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity. These programs are structured to encourage minority participation at law schools, so that students from the minority community can study at law school and explore private practice.
Summer associate program
Offering a 10-week summer program in all its domestic offices, the company's summer associate program was ranked third nationally in the 2011 American Lawyer Summer Associates Survey.
The summer associates typically receive their work assignments from an attorney summer coordinator. They are expected to complete about 11 to 15 summer assignments during their tenure as a summer associate.
Advantages include unlimited attorney lunches as well as weekly social events for summer associates such as tequila tastings and a Top Chef Competition. 67% of the firm's summer associates received offers in 2009, while 88% of the 43 summer associates received offers in 2010.
Salary & benefits
Despite enacting a pay freeze in 2009, the firm announced that salaries would be raised to market level for associates who had billed at least 1,900 hours in 2009. The starting salaries are $ 160,000 in all offices.
The bonuses are individualized; however, they typically match bonus levels for associates who meet the previously agreed hourly requirements. In fact, the firm usually waits until March to pay out the yearly bonuses.
Domestic Partner Benefits (including gross-up pay for same-sex couples enrolled in health benefits); Transgender Medical Benefits; Progressive Part-time Policy; 4 Weeks Vacation (3 weeks (associate) and 4 weeks (counsel) in California); Pre-tax and Roth 401(k)/IRA (with rollovers for non-spousal beneficiaries); Medical, Dental, Vision, Life & Disability Insurance; College Coach Program (provides assistance with saving money for college and the college admissions process); Employee Assistance Program (includes legal and financial counseling); Emergency back up center-based child care; Emergency back up in-home child care for well and mildly ill children; Emergency back up in-home adult and elder care; Volunteer Day Program; Shared Leave Program (allows employees to donate unused vacation time to a bank for employees who need to request time off to care for an ill family member and would otherwise be unpaid); Mentor Program; Bar Review, Exam, Bar Dues & Association Fees; Judicial Clerkship bonus (for entry level associates); Firm Laptop; Business Casual Dress Code; Wellness Program & Discounted Gym Membership; Health Advocate (helps facilitate interaction with providers and insurers); Adoption/Surrogate benefits that (can be used for eligible adoption-related expenses including surrogate fees, costs and resulting adoption and legal fees).
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