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Treat people well and they will respond in kind. Treat people like disposable pegs in a board and don't act like a victim when people leave or don't go the extra mile.
The majority of support staff is sweet, although not really competent. Attorneys can pretty much set their own schedules, although management will use this against you if they think you aren't billing enough (or they don't have enough to pay their bills). If you are a new attorney and can suck it up for a few months, you likely will get court experience quickly, as they cannot afford to let you just sit in with a mentor.
Where to start? Your paychecks will bounce and you will be "asked" to hold the paper check (yes, paper!) until it is "safe" to deposit. Management will put you at the back of the line if they are mad at you. I had checks that I was told were safe to deposit that bounce anyway. Sometimes, you will be denied advancement of court fees (or you fear that the check will bounce). You do mindless status reports as a billing exercise. Main partner hasn't practiced law since the 90s so is out of touch on practice issues and billing realities. Abusive emails from management. You might have an admin assistant, but she won't be of much help (and she will get paid before you). Old equipment and software. There is no communication from management, unless you are getting yelled at. Benefits are the pits (401(k) match covers only the fees). Bottom barrel health insurance -- basically Obamacare. No room for advancement. Basically, everything goes through one partner (who hired most of his family). Little training for new attorneys or staff. No real marketing. So much turnover that clients leave and you get blamed. Billing requirements that are unrealistic for the support staff and client development at the firm. Management so paranoid about the negative (but true) reviews that fake reviews are planted on this and other sites.
David Allen -- just see above. There are no other partners except Kim Newman, who probably is a nice person but David runs the show.
When you leave, people understand the trauma you have been through.
Worked at A&N from 2002-2018, left last year for another job. I am now back at A&N and couldnt be happier. I believe the founder of the firm cares about his employees and tries to make the best decisions for the future of the firm. Meeting clients demands can be hectic at times but that's the nature of the business. Benefits are good and the people are great to work with. It's good to be back.
Founded in 1995, Allen & Newman, PLLC is a defense Firm where the client takes top priority. Our Founding Member, David Allen, left a large insurance defense firm because of the changing legal environment and started the Firm with the desire for a more more forward-thinking, progressive and efficient practice where the focus was on client satisfaction. Originally established as a “boutique” firm in Chattanooga, Tennessee, specializing in the defense of workers’ compensation claims, our Firm immediately began to evolve.
Clients began seeking our representation throughout Tennessee and soon it became clear, based on business volume, that additional offices would be needed to effectively and efficiently handle the growing client base. Our Knoxville, TN office was opened in October 1998, followed by the opening of a Nashville, TN office in August 1999. During this same time, our client base continued to expand, as did the mix and variety of incoming business.
Our Firm began to add additional staff and attorneys, seeking qualified, experienced counsel whose client-centered goals and work ethics matched those of the Firm. We also began to expand our representation to include all civil litigation. Attorneys were hired strictly based on expertise in the handling of various types of business, and our Firm also implemented a program to electronically link all of our offices and to provide electronic communication capabilities to all of our valued clients.
In early 2000, our Firm was approached about the possibility of representing several clients outside of Tennessee, which prompted the opening of offices in Atlanta, GA and Orlando, FL. Soon, continued growth spurred the opening of additional Florida offices: Tallahassee in January 2002 and Ft. Lauderdale in May 2004. Increased growth prompted us to open a Kentucky office in Lexington, in September 2003, and in July of 2005, the Firm expanded into South Carolina, opening offices in Columbia and Hilton Head Island.
In April 2006, our Firm expanded into Mississippi with the opening of our Jackson office, and established our North Carolina presence with the opening of a Charlotte office in December 2006. In August 2007, our Firm began representing clients in Alabama, and Alabama representation was further expanded in August 2009, with the acquisition of the Birmingham firm of McGarrah & Davenport. In May of 2011, we acquired the Birmingham, AL firm of McDaniel, Bains & Norris, doubling our presence in the State.
On June 1, 2011, our Firm opened its first Virginia office, in Bristol. This office allows us to not only serve clients throughout Virginia, but to provide more cost-effective service throughout the Tri-Cities of Tennessee. In April 2012, we opened our first Midwestern office, in Chicago, IL, allowing representation across the state, and most recently, September 2014 brought the opening of our Indianapolis, IN office following the acquisition of The Sweetin Law Group, P.C.. Allen & Newman, PLLC now represents clients in all counties throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia, allowing our clients to limit their counsel over a wide geographic area.
The Firm produces reference materials on a number of subjects, which are updated yearly and provided free of charge to our clients. The Firm maintains a website for client updates, publishes a biannual newsletter updating case law and statutory changes in all of our states, and provides free on-site seminars, upon request, to clients. Continuing Education credits are available in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.
Allen & Newman, PLLC has been recognized by A.M. Best as one of its recommended Defense Firms, and we have achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Our Firm was also invited to become one of the original members of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, formerly the Council on Litigation Management and the Council on Ethical Billing, which requires nomination and approval.
Allen & Newman PLLC practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.
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