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See reviews for Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP. from attorneys and other legal professionals below.
Show some compassion.
Amazing attorneys and staff
Hostile work environment. Office administrator always has an attitude, and doesn't show compassion. Imagine being terminated because they thought you were being dishonest about your grandparent's funeral, and terminated you on your way to the funeral. I would never recommend anyone working here. It was the worst job I have ever had.
All the Partners were great.
Everyone was so friendly
The firm, like many is excellent at billing out retainer fees. Access to lawyers and even paralegals is exclusively by email. Calls are directed to voicemail and call backs are none existent. Emails to specific lawyers are replied to by administrative assistances. Curiously, still billed at the lawyers rate.
Take courses on how to actually manage a firm. Create an actual HR Department.
There is nothing good about this firm.
They openly discriminate against LGBTQ+ people and Black people. HR does not exist and if you make a complaint to the supposed "HR" department they will start a file on you and begin to make work conditions difficult to push you out. Management and supervisors do very low-quality work then blame unaware associates for their incompetency. They are constantly short staffed and the retention rate is about 10%. They will attempt to make associates who have been there awhile, partners to get them to stay but they still choose to leave. That says ALOT.
DO NOT EVER APPLY TO WORK HERE.
All of the partners in the NY Office. Terrible people who do subpar work.
Bring associate salaries out of the dark ages. I've been astounded by the turn over... it's unsurprising really knowing how insanely low the pay is. You are going to keep hemorrhaging people if you don't pay them a reasonable salary for the work they do.
Some of the people are amazing... I'm honestly shocked LBBS has so many attorneys who stay
Associate salary in 2021 in Los Angeles = $100,000. Which is just RIDICULOUS. Also, working from home during a pandemic you will use your own computer, printer, and office supplies. The firm supplies nothing and reimburses nothing... despite having a giant labor and employment department who presumably know the reimbursement laws.
Consider allowing people to work one day a week remotely to reduce the amount of stress that the work brings.
The pay here is more than I could dream of while also giving us lots of vacation days to keep us from burning out.
The work here is extremely hard and they get their money's worth out of us. You can expect to be tired at the end of the day.
It is beyond repair. I honestly believe it is beyond repair. When the LA office burn down, I actually thought for the first time in a long time there might be a just God.
If you receive no other offer and your children are starving, take the job and then starting looking for opportunities outside the law firm private sector.
Came in as senior partner. Treated like dirt. It is pretty clear I was brought in solely as an effort to access my book of business. The firm had another partner call all of my clients in an effort to recruit them away from me on my departure to another firm. Then the firm charged each client for the recruiting call. Unbelievable. Morale very low there. Am convinced that one of the firm's senior managing partners is seriously mentally unbalanced.
The paths of career growth are not clearly set out and take significant effort to figure out. Benefits are amazing and pay is quite competitive. Focus on your strengths and you need to be good at networking to excel.
We reviewed our cases, had weekly meeting to overview what our past, and next assignments would consist of. Management was very knowledgeable about our day to day assignment. Co-workers were very friendly and helpful. Overall a great place to work.
Internal politics and favoritism hinders the organization. Those who are friends or friends of friends etc. with upper management usually get ahead over qualified people. So, I would say limited promotional opportunities.