Advice to law firm management: Take the administration folks down a notch or two in attitude and power (especially the accounting and conflicts people). I've never worked at a firm where I was treated so rudely by staff and where the administration is, in ways, given more power than the lawyers who are actually bringing in the money.
Pros: Salary was decent. Some of the lawyers were very good.
Cons: Most of the lawyers at Williams Mullen are arrogant, pushy and entitled. They behave as if they are the only people in the universe and demand to be treated as such. The firm reacted to COVID-19 quickly by telling us that we *could* telework but then within a couple of months they basically demanded that we return to the office to work onsite 100% of the time. They had installed some flimsy plexiglass in a couple of places, but that didn't stop unsafe contact between people. I was constantly uneasy about the pandemic and my potential exposure there. My former supervising attorney is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier and knows far less about my practice area than I do. There are some real "winners" working in firm administration/staff and I avoided them like the plague. I had an accounting person talk down to me as if I were a child on more than one occasion. As a lawyer, I'm not better than anyone else, but I deserve respect and don't settle for being shorted in that department. After a relatively short period of time, I started looking for other employment and, when I found it, I got the hell out of there. Morale is very low there. My secretary was constantly upset about being called to cover for other secretaries because there's far more work than there are people to do it. She works 10-12 hour days 5+ days/week. I feel sorry for her because she can't afford to take the leap to exit the firm at this time.
Partners to Avoid and Why: I am not going to name names, but you would be wise to avoid this firm at any cost.
Favorite Things About this Firm: That it's in my rear view mirror. Hallelujah!
Advice to law firm management: Long hours depending on the attorneys work schedule, can be highly stressful during deadlines. Not too much room for career advancement and vertical progression.
Pros: The firm is prominent and they offer great benefits. The attorneys are absolutely great. Absolutely stellar work environment. As an Attorney, the job is actually interesting and challenging. I had opportunity to work with a variety of diverse and talented people.
Cons: The Bonus Structure is only competitive if you hit your billable hour requirements. Pay is equal to industry average at maximum level.