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Locke Lord LLP

Main Office: 111 Huntington Avenue | Boston | MA | 02199
Phone: 617-239-0100 | Fax: 617-227-4420










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Reviewed on May 19, 2024
Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

I think that a little more honesty and clarity up front about compensation would go a long way with associates and employees. People may be comfortable receiving no bonus or a low bonus, but they want to know exactly what compensation they will get for what work. If someone believes they are going to get a market bonus and they kill themselves to bill 2000 hours and receive only $5k when their friends at other firms who worked slightly less receive double that amount, it can create resentment. Of course it would be great to get higher bonuses but I think honesty on the front end is even more important because setting appropriate expectations is everything. If people are aware that the bonus scale is not market, there isn't that sense that they have been wronged or misled when the $5k bonus comes around, just gratitude that they are getting a bonus at all.

The people that I work with in the Boston office of Locke Lord are some of the best around - they are smart, thoughtful, and know how to connect with their coworkers and make work an okay place to be. The growth potential for the Boston office is huge right now, there is a lot of room to build a unique practice that suits your needs and there is a lot of support from management to make that happen. Also, the salary for associates is market and Locke Lord was among the first to make the jump to 180k starting salary for first year associates.

If you are looking to show up somewhere and bill 3000 hours a year without having to lift a finger to find work and build your practice, I think Locke Lord in general could be a good firm for you but the Boston office itself - as it is still in a period of post-merger transition - is not. You need to be willing to be proactive and engage with people and think critically about what you want to work on and how you can contribute. One issue the firm at large has is that it is very opaque about associate compensation. The compensation system is based on tiers that each associate is placed in seemingly subjectively based on their hours and a variety of other factors. Also, the firm bills itself as giving market bonuses but it does not. You are eligible for a low market bonus (like $5k) if you bill at least 2000 hours, although the average time billed per associate across the firm is something like 1850, which means many people get no bonus at all.

Current Employee

Full time

10+ years

Reviewed on May 19, 2024
Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

Treat all of your workers as equals. Work on fixing management.

Attorneys are collegial and supportive. Compensation is tied to performance. The benefits are great.

If you are not an attorney, you are treated as insignificant. Management has a bad reputation. Some of the workers are unprofessional.

Current Employee

10+ years



Locke Lord LLP: Where Excitement Meets Excellence in the Legal Field

Locke Lord LLP is a prestigious, full-service international law firm that has earned a solid reputation for its expertise in complex litigation, regulatory matters, and transactional work. With a strong presence in the United States, Asia, CEEMENA, and London, Locke Lord is consistently recognized as a global leader in the middle market sector.

At Locke Lord, the team is committed to putting clients first. Their diverse client base includes Fortune 500 companies, middle market public and private companies, start-ups, and emerging businesses. The firm's collaborative approach and commitment to crafting creative solutions sets them apart from other law firms.

With a wide range of practice areas, Locke Lord is equipped to handle any legal challenge that comes their way. Their strong practice areas include appellate, aviation, bankruptcy/restructuring/insolvency, business litigation and dispute resolution, class action litigation, consumer finance, corporate and finance transactions, employee benefits, energy, environmental, financial services, fund formation, health care and life sciences, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, international, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and cyber security, private equity, public finance, public law, real estate, regulatory, REIT, tax, technology, telecommunications, venture capital, and white collar criminal defense and internal investigations.

One of the key factors that make working at Locke Lord exciting is the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion. They embrace multiple points of view and have established Local Diversity Committees as well as an overall Firm National Diversity Committee. Women hold positions of power in Firm management, with three women on the Firm's Executive Committee, including Firm Chair Jerry Clements. The Firm's Board of Directors also includes six female members, one of whom serves as Co-Chair. Locke Lord's commitment to diversity is evident in their support for scholarship programs for minority and economically disadvantaged students, hosting holiday parties for lower-income children, and donating to local food banks and charitable organizations that aid individuals and families in need.

In addition to their dedication to diversity, Locke Lord is also committed to corporate responsibility. They actively engage with the communities they serve through meaningful partnerships and pro bono work. Their attorneys are encouraged to give back and make a positive impact through their legal expertise.

Joining Locke Lord LLP comes with a multitude of benefits. Attorneys and staff have the opportunity to work alongside some of the brightest legal minds in the industry. The firm's commitment to collaboration and creative problem-solving ensures that every team member has the opportunity to contribute and grow professionally.

Locke Lord also provides a supportive and inclusive work environment. Their flexible work arrangements, domestic partner benefits, and Women's Initiative are just a few examples of the firm's dedication to creating a workplace that values and supports its employees.

Furthermore, Locke Lord offers a global platform for attorneys to expand their horizons and work on high-profile, cross-border matters. With offices in major cities across the United States and internationally, attorneys have the opportunity to work on complex, multi-jurisdictional cases and transactions.

In conclusion, Locke Lord LLP is an exciting place to work for attorneys and staff. With its solid reputation, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and dedication to corporate responsibility, Locke Lord offers a unique and rewarding experience for those seeking a fulfilling career in the legal field.

Practice Areas

Locke Lord LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Locke Lord LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

The firm seeks applicants whose academic records in college and law school are outstanding. It also attaches considerable importance to fluency and command over the language, both oral and written, and prefers students who have demonstrated leadership qualities. Those candidates who are not on the firm's on-campus interview list are advised to apply via the firm's self-apply website, posting their resumes, transcripts along with other relevant details. Following an initial interview, whether on-campus or at the firm, the chosen candidates are called back to the firm's offices for a second round of interviews where he or she will meet with four or five attorneys for thirty minutes. The Hiring Committee and Legal Recruiting professionals make every effort to respond to each candidate as quickly as possible after their interviews. The firm reimburses or shares travel expenses with other firms, for students who are from out-of-town and have been called back for the second round of interviews. Reimbursement expenses include reasonable air or train fare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations and cost of meals. The firm does not reimburse candidates for initial interviews. Edwards Wildman is no longer accepting applications for our 2013 Summer Associate Program.

Pro bono

At Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, pro bono works and community service is not just an ideal; it is what the firm is committed to and practices day in and day out. The firm is always there for those who need legal help but cannot afford it. The firm says that it fully comprehends that the legal profession is uniquely bestowed with the ability to make difference in people's lives, and is proud to help make that difference. Edwards Wildman provides vigorous representation to a variety of pro bono clients, handling matters for them in a variety of areas, including: Civil Rights and Constitutional Challenges, Community-Based Loans and Venture Financings, Refugee/Asylum Law and in countless other areas. The Firm has been participating in the Law Firm Pro Bono project since a long time. The project is an initiative of the Pro Bono Institute and the American Bar Association, which was created to support and expand the pro bono programs of the nation's 850 largest firms. The success of Edwards Wildman pro bono program is the result of the dedication of its lawyers and staff and the enthusiastic support and encouragement given to the program by the Firm's management. The firm not only encourages participation in pro bono work generally, but also specifically recognizes outstanding individual pro bono achievements. The firm holds annual pro bono awards ceremonies, granting awards to associates, partners, staff, legal teams and departments who have made special contributions to the community. A team of Edwards Wildman attorneys and paralegals run legal clinics and service impoverished clients at Boston's Pine Street Inn, which serves more than 1300 homeless men and women per day in housing disputes, social security appeals, and probation issues in criminal matters.

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Edwards Wildman LLP is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide. These are some of its more recent awards - Edwards Wildman received a 100 percent rating in the Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index. - Edwards Wildman was listed by US News/Best Lawyers in 19 national rankings and 62 practice area rankings, including a Tier 1 ranking in the category of "Litigation - Intellectual Property - Edwards Wildman and its attorneys were recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers UK and Chambers Asia-Pacific for excellence in 42 categories. - Edwards Wildman was recognized by Legal 500 (UK) for having leading practices in Life Sciences, M&A transactions, equity buy-outs, private equity formation and venture capital. - Edwards Wildman was named by Reactions, a leading insurance publication as the 2012 Best Global Law Firm of the Year. - Edwards Wildman was ranked among the Top 25 firms in the world by the World Trademark Review in its World Trademark Review 1000 listing. - Edwards Wildman was named to BTI's Client Service A-Team for 2012

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The firm is committed to an inclusive culture, offering all its workers a fair opportunity for advancement. The firm has as its goal, the will and the desire to increase the diversity of its workforce by actively hiring, developing, retaining and promoting the best attorneys and staff from a wide range of diverse background. The firm believes that until its workforce is as diverse and varied as the clients they serve, they will not be able to fully justify and substantiate the work that they do. Edwards Wildman understands that a diverse workforce brings a wide range of perspectives and opinions and it contributes directly to the strength and worth of the firm. Furthermore, the firm has developed diversity training workshops that are designed to help each and everyone at the firm to broaden their understanding and comprehend how a diverse workplace can be beneficial to the firm within the firm and its valued clients as well. Edwards Wildman's firm-wide Teamwork & Diversity Committee provides leadership for its long-term efforts to enhance diversity within the firm. The Committee is charged with establishing policies that promote and support diversity and teamwork, and devising strategies and tactics to implement those policies. The firm is proud of its commitment to diversity, which it believes has made the firm stronger and more vibrant, while contributing to the highest quality of legal services. Edwards Wildman is a committed equal opportunity employer and believes in developing its strength as a Firm through diversity. The firm's diversity efforts have received recognition from many avenues, with its Chief Diversity Officer, Paulette Brown, receiving the prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award conferred each year to just five lawyers in the United States.

Summer associate program

The firm's summer associate program is eight-week program. The firm provides its summer associates with a wide array of challenging and interesting assignments that reflect the real work of the firm. Students receive hands on training that include drafting transactional documents, facilitating closings, and helping in preparing motions and briefs. Students are treated as integral members of the firm and encouraged to handle complex business deals and hotly contested cases. Students also attend client meetings and assist in deposition trials. Students are also encouraged to participate in pro bono matters. The firm believes that such exposure helps the students to gain a realistic sense of what their work life would be as a junior associate and to assess and evaluate the practice areas and identify and locate their areas of interest. While summer associates and the firm's attorneys work together in the office, they also have the chance to interact with one another in a more casual and friendly atmosphere during the many social events held outside the workplace. Summer associates are paired with an associate mentor and a hiring committee advisor to guide them through the summer. Work is given through an assignment coordinator, and typically they are expected to complete at least 11 to 15 assignments over the course of the summer. The firm says that its summer program has two overriding goals: to train young attorneys to become the best practitioners possible and to make life in the workplace fulfilling, rewarding, and enjoyable.

Working for the Locke Lord LLP

The firm values its workers and says that they are the firm's biggest assets. The firm attracts and recruits some of the world's brightest talents and offers them a welcoming environment that facilitates their growth and advancement. Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is highly committed to the professional development of its attorneys. Edwards Wildman offers an outstanding and highly competitive flexible benefits package to eligible employees. The firm's aim is to provide its employees with comprehensive and innovative benefit choices that enhance the quality of life for them and for their families.


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