Lathrop & Gage LLP

Lathrop & Gage LLP

4 Star Rating     3 reviews 
Main Office:
2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 2800 | Kansas City | MO | 64108
Phone: 816-292-2000  | Fax:  

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Year of establishment 1873 Number of partners 160
Number of offices 10 Partner to associate ratio 1.90
Biggest office Kansas City Percentage of women attorneys 20.00
Number of attorneys 290 Percentage of minority attorneys 4.80
Number of associates 85 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 0.30
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Lathrop & Gage LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on October 24, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Replace managers with competent ones. Care more about your employees. Don't let personal bias get in the way.

Pros: The benefits and culture are great. The office environment and teamwork is excellent.

Cons: Communication is poor. There are few advancement opportunities for female employees. Favoritism is a problem here.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

- Reviewed on October 13, 2016

Advice to law firm management: Work comes from many different offices, so get to know all the partners and visit all the offices. You never know where you may make a connection or need a connection to get work and make your goal billed hours. 7 year partner track and it only seems to be based on graduation year, so first review for partner is end of year 6, so that may be partner by year 7. This is important for laterals who do not have a book yet that client development becomes real important in years 5-6.

Pros: Great support staff, great benefits including: 200 hours of support help, i.e. daycare, elder care, etc, $10,000 no questions asked spouse life insurance included, $150k life insurance paid by firm, health packages including no monthly but high deductible, discounts for health checks on medical insurance, great mentor/associate working environment, reviews not based on only hours billed and not looked too harshly if you do not make your goal (1900 for associates), at least $1500 disposable income for associates client development which includes monies towards cle, and bar dues, library fees, and cle portion of yearly renewal are each covered by firm and not part of disposable income.

Cons: Paralegal help needs to be better balanced, some paralegals are over burdened and some under. Some are at home and cannot always do what you need, so you have to give your projects a lead time which was a transition for me personally. You cannot just pick something up and expect it to be done that day, at least a day lead time is needed (i.e. for shell documents). You can get things filed on the day in emergency situations, but individual cases are assigned individual paralegals and this may not be the KC/OP office paralegals, but may be in Boston, Boulder, etc.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

Job type: Full time


Lathrop & Gage was founded in 1873 on the heartland principles of honor, service, trust and value. We are committed to serving our clients in the same unwavering manner today. We are equally dedicated to building and maintaining a culture that attracts and retains talented attorneys, paralegals and support staff who deliver outstanding results. Lathrop & Gage is not a “one-size-fits-all” firm. We encourage entrepreneurialism, independent thinking and creativity. We believe that varied perspectives strengthen our ability to zealously represent our clients and continue the firm’s growth and success. We offer intellectually challenging work in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere. We strive to provide opportunities for professional growth – through mentorships, training and the like – as well as competitive benefits, including flexible time off, backup care, a wellness program and more. It is the employment policy and practice of Lathrop & Gage to recruit and hire employees without discrimination because of race, color, creed or religion, genetics, national origin, sex, age or disability.

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Lathrop & Gage LLP Awards and Recognitions

U.S. News - Best Lawyers Ranks Lathrop & Gage Nationally Among Best Law Firms

Fortune Magazine to Feature Lathrop & Gage as a "Go-To Law Firm"

Lathrop & Gage Recognized for Exceptional Service

Joel Voran Honored with CEO Leadership in Action Award by Profiles in Diversity Journal

Super Lawyers Recognizes 70 Lathrop & Gage Attorneys in Missouri, Kansas

Four Lathrop & Gage Attorneys Named "Lawyers of the Year" by Best Lawyers

Lathrop & Gage Recognized for Excellence in Litigation

Chambers USA Recognizes Lathrop & Gage as a Leading Law Firm

Best Lawyers in America Names Four Lawyers of the Year and 79 Best Lawyers from Lathrop & Gage


Diversity is a continuous goal. Lathrop & Gage was founded in 1873 on the heartland principles of honor, service, trust and value. We work tirelessly to serve our clients in the same unwavering manner today. While we have a long and proud tradition of success, we're also focused on the future. We are dedicated to being a law firm whose workforce reflects the diversity of the clients we serve and the communities in which we live and practice. We believe our diversity initiatives are not only socially responsible, but contribute substantially to the long-term success of Lathrop & Gage.

Summer associate program

Our summer associate program is our primary source for entry-level associates. Selected law students are offered positions as summer associates with the hope and expectation that each will demonstrate the characteristics to make a successful Lathrop & Gage attorney. Rather than hire a large number of summer associates to compete for a limited number of entry-level positions, we hire only as many summer associates as we expect will satisfy our hiring needs following graduation.

Our program combines challenging legal projects with real-world experience in an effort to provide summer associates an accurate view of life at Lathrop & Gage. We make sure that our summer associates observe the hands-on practice of law through depositions, closings, witness interviews, negotiations and client meetings. Summer associates receive assignments from diverse practice areas and departments, working with a variety of partners and other attorneys. Two partners serve as "work coordinators" for the summer program; they monitor the quantity and variety of projects, and ensure that each summer associate has an opportunity to experience his or her areas of interest.

In addition to the work coordinators, each summer associate is offered guidance by an associate mentor. Each completed assignment is evaluated by the assigning attorney and the Recruiting Committee, a group of partners and associates who provide each summer associate with a formal evaluation in the middle and at the end of the summer.

We also provide summer associates with opportunities to form social bonds throughout the firm. Social and team-building events include dinner parties, sports activities, trips to client facilities, tours of local attractions and evening outings at concerts, plays and sporting events. This is an integral part of the summer program, as lawyers and summer associates get to know one another outside the office atmosphere.


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