Stevens & Lee

Stevens & Lee

3 Star Rating     3 reviews

https://www.stevenslee.com 
Main Office:

111 North 6th Street | Reading | PA | 19601

Phone: 610-478-2000 | Fax: 610-376-5610

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Year of establishment 1928 Number of partners 109
Number of offices 10 Partner to associate ratio 3.80
Biggest office Reading Percentage of women attorneys 15.40
Number of attorneys 161
Number of associates 29
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Stevens & Lee Reviews

- Reviewed on June 17, 2020

Advice to law firm management: add a way to anonymously submit concerns. Focus less on shareholders and more on cultivating younger talent, and instilling loyalty in attorneys and staff who get things done. Be flexible and recognize effort to retain talent.

Pros: The benefits are great, people are (mostly) nice, and the attorneys are very good at what they do. Pay is a little lower than industry average for associates and staff, but annual bonuses help compensate for it. Flexibility to work from multiple office branches, and it’s possible to become a shareholder before 45.

Cons: Management has gone through some big changes since fall 2019, and new practices make it clear they no longer value the safety or loyalty of support staff over firm profits. There is no anonymous way to file a grievance or complaint, without going through management. Some people have clearly been hired to check off c-suite diversity boxes despite growing evidence of their inability to adequately and legally perform their responsibilities.

Partners to Avoid and Why: Head of HR does not keep anything confidential that you tell them except who has Covid19, and has it out for legal assistants, even though the firm can’t hire them quickly enough to replace the ones who quit. Don’t bother reporting sexist or offensive language - nothing will be done and you’ll have a target on you afterwards. A few people have bad tempers, but stay polite and don’t take anything personally and you’ll probably be fine.

Favorite Things About this Firm: Hershey Park Picnic, 401(k) vests after 3 years. Some people have GREAT senses of humor and interesting work backgrounds. People are open about benefits, pay, bonuses, succession planning, office politics, etc.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2020

Job type: Full time

- Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Advice to law firm management: There needs to be more room for advancements and this firm should also take on more diverse cases as well. On top of that I'd like to see this firm take on more cases in general to keep everyone busy.

Pros: The staff (especially the secretary's) are very friendly and I have found everyone to be helpful in all regard's. I also found the health benefits to be excellent as well.

Cons: The work can be quite dull and the office can be quite slow at times as well. I also felt as though there was not any room for advancements as well.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Overview

Founded in 1928, Stevens & Lee is a full-service law firm with approximately 150 attorneys and 50 non-lawyer business and consulting professionals representing clients on a regional, national and international scale. We have established a reputation as one of the preeminent providers of sophisticated legal services in the region. We regularly handle some of the most complex and challenging transactions and litigation in the country for clients in a variety of industries. Among the 200 largest law firms in the nation, Stevens & Lee is part of Stevens & Lee/Griffin, a multidisciplinary professional services platform which also consists of the following: Griffin Financial Group: A FINRA-licensed investment bank – the largest headquartered in Pennsylvania Griffin Stevens & Lee Consulting: A state and local government revenue and operations consulting business Financial S&Lutions: A swap and derivative advisory business to state and local governments and non-profit institutions Pinnacle Risk Services: A D&O and E&O insurance risk consulting business A Pennsylvania government affairs team Our platform’s multidisciplinary professionals represent clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and across the country from 14 offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York City, Virginia and South Carolina. Industry-Driven and Research-Focused Stevens & Lee and its platform bring diverse experience, educational backgrounds and industry expertise to provide a full range of professional services to our clients. Driven by excellence, anticipation and innovation, we focus on understanding our clients’ strengths and limitations to uncover opportunities or discover potential threats. Our knowledge of our clients’ businesses and the industries in which they compete, along with our multidisciplinary platform, set us apart from other firms. Our vertically integrated industry groups are comprised of legal, financial and accounting professionals, among others. The industries we serve include financial institutions, insurance, health care, state and local government, gaming, technology, telecommunications, life sciences, private equity, energy and higher education. We also serve a wide range of commercial and industrial clients, as well as clients operating in the services industry. In addition, our platform’s lawyer and non-lawyer professionals have experiential, occupational and educational diversity. For example, we have on staff several former banking executives, including a former CEO and a CFO; former hospital Chairmen and CEOs, a CFO and other senior executives; a licensed professional geologist; and numerous other industry executive professionals. We also have a number of lawyer and non-lawyer MBAs and CPAs on staff. We believe this collection of experience helps us to analyze clients’ situations more accurately and devise and deliver solutions more effectively. It also gives us greater insight into the industries we serve by having at one time sat on the other side of the desk. Our clients and their needs are our focus. Client responsiveness with an emphasis on work quality is instilled in all of our professionals. We spend considerable time getting to know our clients and the industries in which they compete so we can deal with legal issues from our clients’ economic perspectives and help them find ways to increase their revenues or reduce their expenses. We recognize – and never do we forget – that we provide a service and that our success in an increasingly competitive market is determined by the delicate but direct relationship between the value we add and the price we charge.


Practice Areas

Stevens & Lee practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.


  • Bankruptcy And Financial Restructuring
  • China Practice
  • Corporatefinance And Capital Markets
  • Energycommunications And Public Utility
  • Environmental
  • Erisaemployee Benefits And Executive Compensation
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor And Employment
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory And Government Affairs
  • State And Local Tax
  • Tax Exempt Finance
  • Wealth Planningtrusts And Estates
  • White Collar Defense And Investigations

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.

Stevens & Lee Awards and Recognitions


James W. Saxton Honored with Excellence in Philanthropy Award

James W. Saxton Honored With Distinguished Service Award

Neil C. Schur awarded the MS Leadership Award

Diversity


Stevens & Lee is committed to achieving and promoting cultural, gender and racial diversity, as well as diversity which results from life experience. Because of this commitment, we actively recruit minority attorneys and attorneys who are women, as well as attorneys who have diverse educational and occupational experience and bring unique skills, interests and ideas to our culture.

Summer associate program


In 2008, Stevens & Lee, P.C. had a class of 4 summer associates.

First year law students are paid $2,000 per week. Second and third year law students are paid $2,200 per week.

1L weekly compensation $2,000

2L weekly compensation $2,200

3L weekly compensation $2,200

are 1Ls considered? Yes

are split summers allowed? Yes

minimum weeks for split summers 10

size of 2008 summer class 4

males 1

females 3

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