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Best Best & Krieger LLP.

Main Office: 300 South Grand Avenue, 25th Floor | Los Angeles | CA | 90071-3109

Phone: 213-617-8100 | Fax: 213-617-7480

4 Star Rating

3 Reviews

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Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Current Employee Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
Great firm for high powered DC type people. If you like the government than this is the place for you. Great place to be and be part of the scene.

I am from a high powered law school and wanted to work for a high powered DC based firm. This one was perfect. The clients are all government based and provide many high profile lobbying clients. I have worked on many national cases and really find the culture at the firm great. There is ample opportunity to move up in the ranks. It also is great for networking with DC people.

The firm is solely in DC and California which can be a problem if you want to work somewhere else. But the pros really outweigh the cons since the cases takes place everywhere.

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Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Former Employee Former Employee Mr. San Francisco

This firm is great for the partners who have been in the firm more than 10 years and are well-established in the public sector practice. They have a hold on the firm's management, with little transparency. It works for them--not so much for anyone else.

If you are thinking of joining BBK and have a private book or want to focus on private client development, think again. BBK does not understand how to focus on private client development nor does it seem to want to. Public sector work is the firm's bread and butter and continues to be the firm's focus in terms of marketing dollars. The ranks of the equity partners come from the public sector practice and less so from the private practice. In recent months, the firm has seen a lot of flight of great talent in the income partner and associate ranks from attorneys who practice outside the public sector. The firm's bill rates are exceedingly low, even for private sector work. This affects bonus potential and bonus structures, which appear generous quickly become illusory. Firms established rates or rack rates are rarely charged, it is quite likely that income partners won't reach collections thresholds that will permit bonuses. As for base compensation, not only is the firm's base well below market and its competitors, but the firm also does not raise base compensation for income partners. In fact, there are senior associates whose compensation approaches income partner compensation. There is no transparency to how the firm compensates partners or how one is elevated to equity. It is behind the curtain and smoke and daggers.

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Headline: Experienced Attorneys Welcome: Best Best & Krieger LLP. Offers Exciting Opportunities in the Bay Area Best Best & Krieger LLP., one of the oldest and most reputable law firms in the Bay Area, offers an exciting opportunity for attorneys to practice law in a variety of complex and challenging legal matters. The firm has an impressive 125-year history, which began in San Francisco in 1895. Today, the firm has offices throughout California and one in Washington, D.C. Each office is staffed with a team of nearly 200 attorneys who are dedicated to providing legal services to public agencies, businesses and individuals nationwide and worldwide. At Best Best & Krieger LLP., attorneys can look forward to working on complex and challenging cases that involve a wide variety of legal areas, including business and corporate law, environmental law, intellectual property law, labor and employment law, and government law. Attorneys can also take advantage of the firm’s extensive network of contacts in the legal community, which can help them to gain access to a wide range of resources to help them in their cases. The firm offers a competitive salary and benefits package to all attorneys, and strives to provide a positive and supportive working environment. The firm’s commitment to excellence is reflected in their commitment to excellence in client service, which is at the heart of their practice. Furthermore, attorneys who work at Best Best & Krieger LLP. can look forward to working with some of the most respected attorneys in the legal field. The firm has a reputation for attracting some of the best legal minds in the country, and provides attorneys with the opportunity to learn from experienced attorneys and develop their legal skills and knowledge. At Best Best & Krieger LLP., attorneys can look forward to an exciting and rewarding career in the legal field. With a commitment to excellence and a supportive working environment, attorneys can look forward to a challenging and rewarding career at one of the most respected law firms in the Bay Area.

Practice Areas

Best Best & Krieger LLP. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Best Best & Krieger LLP. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

BB&K is looking for students preferably in the top 10% to 50% of their class. Applicable criteria is posted with each school. Law review, law journal and moot court preferred.

Pro bono

The firm has not reported whether it counts pro bono hours towards the minimum billable hours requirement. Pro bono hours are counted the same as billable hours for the purposes of year-end bonuses.

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Best Best & Krieger LLP. Awards and Recognitions Write a review

BB&K Attorney Honored with Award Named for NAACP's First Riverside Branch President

BB&K Attorney Roderick Walston Recognized with IMLA's Amicus Service Award

BB&K Attorney Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Best Best & Krieger Attorney Jack B. Clarke, Jr. Honored with Legal Award

BB&K Appellate Advocate Wins Key Award for U.S. Supreme Court Case

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BB&K's attorneys and staff represent a wide range of personal experiences, countries of origin, ages, religions and gender. In May 2015, Law360 ranked the firm No. 44 on its list of the Top 100 Firms for Minority Attorneys and No. 6 on the national publication's list of Best Law Firms for Minority Partners.

In addition, BB&K was recognized in 2015 by Law360 on its

Summer associate program

We currently visit nine California law schools: Loyola, McGeorge, Pepperdine, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Hastings, UC Irvine, USC, and University of San Diego. Applications from students attending other law schools are also considered each Fall.

Selected applicants are invited to participate in our weekend callback program, which includes an evening dinner with members of the Recruiting Committee, followed by a full day of interviewing at the firm. Our unique callback interviewing process gives both students and members of the firm substantive and meaningful opportunity to evaluate one another.

Our summer program is designed to give law students both a representative sampling of our firm's diverse practice and the opportunity to get to know the attorneys in our firm.

We consider legal research and writing to be an important part of our summer program, but we also emphasize the inclusion of summer associates in such activities as client meetings, courtroom practice, public agency hearings and city council meetings. Another aim of our summer program is to acquaint summer associates with the cultural and recreational activities available in the general area. The firm hosts a variety of both formal and informal social events throughout the summer that provide participants with the opportunity to get to know our lawyers and their families.

BB&K has been successful in utilizing its summer program as our primary source for new associates. Each summer associate is assigned two mentors who help orient the summer associate to the firm's practices. We conduct an individual in-person mid-summer review for each summer associate to dialogue with the student regarding his or her progress. Work assignments are carefully coordinated to ensure that work is evenly distributed and that summer associates work with as many attorneys as possible on a variety of matters. Assigning attorneys commonly provide constructive feedback on individual assignments.

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