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ArentFox Schiff LLP
Main Office: 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 6600 | Chicago | IL | 60606-6473
Phone: 312-258-5500 | Fax: 312-258-5600

ArentFox Schiff LLP

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ArentFox Schiff LLP Reviews view all

Reviewed on December 18, 2017

I would like to see management bring everyone even closer together and set up parties and get-togethers to bring everyone even closer together. I believe this would help in terms of long term productivity of the law firm as well.

I found the staff members to be very accommodating and the starting pay was exceptional. I also enjoyed the fact that the hours were very flexible and you could decide when you wanted to work practically.

I did not like the fact that there were not many office oriented events throughout the year. As an example, there were no Christmas parties within the office even though everyone gets along very well with each other.

Former Employee

Reviewed on October 26, 2017

Management needs to be more present and hands on with their staff. If employees are feeling neglected then they will leave.

I worked at this firm for a few years and got along with everyone really well. The clients I worked with were also very friendly and welcoming. I rarely had an issue with anyone at this firm.

The management is terrible at this firm. They were hardly ever present and when they were they just didn't seem to care. I would bring up ideas and complaints from time to time and they just brushed me off like I didn't matter.

Former Employee

Overview

Arent Fox LLP is internationally recognized in core industries where business and the law intersect. With more than 430 lawyers and professionals, the firm provides strategic legal counsel and multidisciplinary solutions to a global roster of corporations, governments, and trade associations.


Practice Areas

ArentFox Schiff LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

ArentFox Schiff LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

The firm seeks bright, talented students from diverse law schools across the country. Students with excellent academic records and who are among the top in their classes are preferred. Candidates for summer associate positions must be attending an ABA-accredited law school in the United States In addition the student must possess strong communication skills that include excellent verbal and written skills. Leadership experiences are also considered, along with journal and moot court involvement. Candidates must demonstrate a strong desire to excel in a large law firm environment.

The firm believes that drawing and retaining quality talent is what makes the firm successful. The firm offers a competitive salary and rewards contributions to its clients. The firm's compensation package is divided into two parts: base salary and bonus. Yearly salary increments and bonus distribution are based on individual performance, growth and development. Associates are also eligible for productivity, cash and merit bonuses. Judicial clerks and incoming first-year associates who have passed the patent bar prior to joining the firm earn a signing bonus.

The online application process is the firm's preferred method for receiving employment applications.

Arent Fox LLP is an equal opportunity employer committed to further diversifying its workforce. We welcome qualified applicants from all races, sexes, national origins and other groups protected by law.

Pro bono

Arent Fox's commitment to pro bono is a value that is a legacy that dates from the firms founding 70 years ago. Its founding fathers believed that community service and pro bono public interest work were integral parts of the practice of law and ensured that the poor and needy have access to justice was a firm priority.

The firm encourages it lawyers to source pro bono work in their work areas and actively involve themselves in it. More than three-fourths of the firm's do pro bono work each year, and last year, each lawyer averaged more than 45 hours of pro bono work, together, the firm contributed nearly 18,000 pro bono hours. The firm allows each associate to receive credit for at least 150 hours of pro bono work per year. After 150 hours, associates can receive additional billable credit for pro bono matters.

The firm has contributed its legal muscle to matters as varied as death penalty cases, a class action case against the Department of Agriculture on behalf of women farmers, court cases on behalf of women's groups on domestic violence and privacy issues, and immigrant rights cases, and providing legal assistance to veterans in need.

The firm's pro bono efforts have not gone unrecognized and they have won a number of awards for their efforts, among them Pro Bono Attorney of the year, one of the Top 25 Law Firms by Pro Bono hours and a host of other awards.

In addition each week lawyers and staff prepare and serve meals for the homeless from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. For more than a decade, Arent Fox has sponsored quarterly in-house blood drives for the American Red Cross.

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The firm seeks bright, talented students from diverse law schools across the country. Students with excellent academic records and who are among the top in their classes are preferred. Candidates for summer associate positions must be attending an ABA-accredited law school in the United States In addition the student must possess strong communication skills that include excellent verbal and written skills. Leadership experiences are also considered, along with journal and moot court involvement. Candidates must demonstrate a strong desire to excel in a large law firm environment.

The firm believes that drawing and retaining quality talent is what makes the firm successful. The firm offers a competitive salary and rewards contributions to its clients. The firm's compensation package is divided into two parts: base salary and bonus. Yearly salary increments and bonus distribution are based on individual performance, growth and development. Associates are also eligible for productivity, cash and merit bonuses. Judicial clerks and incoming first-year associates who have passed the patent bar prior to joining the firm earn a signing bonus.

The online application process is the firm's preferred method for receiving employment applications.

Arent Fox LLP is an equal opportunity employer committed to further diversifying its workforce. We welcome qualified applicants from all races, sexes, national origins and other groups protected by law.

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The Arent Fox Summer Program is its primary source for recruiting entry-level associates hence the firm attaches considerable importance to it. The program is designed in a manner to ensure that the students perform legal work that is as close to the real experience as possible and apprises them of the working ethos of the firm.

The students also receive widespread training and appropriate feedbacks that help them to abet their strengths and addresses their weaknesses. Social events provide ample opportunities to socialize with the attorneys and get to them know them on a personal level. The student's summer experience is geared to provide the summer associates with as realistic a view of the life at Arent Fox as possible.

Mid-level associates called monitors direct summer associates' workflow. Students are given assignments, as far as possible, in their stated areas of preference by the monitors, who assign the projects after consultations with the firm's lawyers. Summer associates participate in a legal writing clinic and a two-day deposition workshop. The firm asks its lawyers to involve summer associates in "live" projects such as negotiations, depositions, hearings or closings.

Social events are held in a casual relaxed atmosphere and include concerts, cooking classes, sailing trip, sporting events and wine-tastings.

Diversity at Arent Fox is just not merely rhetoric. It walks it talk. The firm says that for them diversity is not a matter of choice but an imperative. Diversity at the firm is not restricted to their policy manuals, it embodies itself in its people, it is something tangible and real.

The firm's workplace is inhabited by people with many different cultural, ethnic, religious, racial, social and geographical backgrounds. At Arent Fox they cannot conceive any other sort of workplace. The firm says that when talent and competence is the only criteria, diversity takes care of itself. The firm says that in its hiring the only thing it looks for are, smart, interesting people with diverse experiences, opinions and ideas. This leads to, the firm believes, better thinking and better service to its clients and its community.

Arent Fox believes that excellence and diversity go hand in hand. It not only hires a diverse group of people it is committed to retaining them considering them to be a strategic requirement for business success.

The firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, led by the firm's chairman oversees the firms diversity activities and assists in recruiting, retaining and promoting attorneys of color, women and LGBT lawyers, and to ensure that adequate firm resources are dedicated to their training, mentoring, coaching and business development.

Each year the firm awards a Diversity Scholarship to three minority first-year law students, each of whom receives $15,000 as well as a position in the firm's summer associate program. Moreover, the firm participates annually in a variety of minority outreach and networking opportunities that help them to connect with women, minorities, Hispanic and Asian bar associations.

Arent Fox has been widely acclaimed and recognized for its outstanding diversity efforts. Recent notable Vault rankings include No. 14 for best law firms for overall diversity, No. 12 for diversity for women, No. 17 for diversity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and No. 25 for diversity for minorities. Arent Fox was named one the 50 Best Law Firms for Women for three consecutive years by Working Mother magazine, the National Association for Female Executives and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. Arent Fox earned a perfect score of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign for three consecutive years.

Arent Fox LLP is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity, and it complies with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

Summer associate program

The Arent Fox Summer Program is its primary source for recruiting entry-level associates hence the firm attaches considerable importance to it. The program is designed in a manner to ensure that the students perform legal work that is as close to the real experience as possible and apprises them of the working ethos of the firm.

The students also receive widespread training and appropriate feedbacks that help them to abet their strengths and addresses their weaknesses. Social events provide ample opportunities to socialize with the attorneys and get to them know them on a personal level. The student's summer experience is geared to provide the summer associates with as realistic a view of the life at Arent Fox as possible.

Mid-level associates called monitors direct summer associates' workflow. Students are given assignments, as far as possible, in their stated areas of preference by the monitors, who assign the projects after consultations with the firm's lawyers. Summer associates participate in a legal writing clinic and a two-day deposition workshop. The firm asks its lawyers to involve summer associates in "live" projects such as negotiations, depositions, hearings or closings.

Social events are held in a casual relaxed atmosphere and include concerts, cooking classes, sailing trip, sporting events and wine-tastings.

Working for the ArentFox Schiff LLP
The firm says that working at Arent Fox is going to be an enjoyable experience, because the firm does not impose itself upon the people. It lets them be themselves. The firm cares about the growth of its employees and ensures that they realise their potential and capabilities by providing them opportunities for personal development and professional achievement. The firm takes pride in inculcating an office culture that embraces individuality.

The firm understands the importance of attracting and retaining top talent and the worth and value they bring to the workplace. Its compensation policy reflects the competitiveness in the legal marketplace as well helps the employee to balance his professional life with commitments outside of work. The firm also offers a full complement of employee benefits.

Arent Fox strives to create an environment were all feel welcomed, valued and respected, where one can grow professionally, without fear of being discriminated against. It will be a matter of status and standing to work in one of the country's leading law firms.

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