We provide professional development opportunities for all of our attorneys. We are committed to the development of our attorneys through training, mentoring, and annual performance reviews. Our people are our most valuable assets and developing them is a priority.
We have an extensive on-boarding and integration plan for every person who joins our firm. On your first day you are given a checklist of all the training and people you should meet by designated times based on your status with our firm.
The National Director of Recruiting & Development checks-in with all attorneys throughout their first year with us to assist with any questions, concerns or training needs.
We are committed to providing all of our attorneys with the training and guidance necessary for a fulfilling and successful career. Our attorneys work one-on-one with partners on a wide variety of matters, and as a result, they get significant on the job training. In addition, our partners, associates, and staff produce monthly firm-wide interactive webinars on substantive and practical areas of our practice. Our training programs are recorded and uploaded to the firm’s intranet for on demand training. Fisher Phillips also maintains firm-wide subscriptions with WestLegalEd and the ABA for training and CLE credit.
ASSOCIATE BENCHMARK CHECKLIST
Every associate is given a benchmark checklist that is sorted by year of practice. At the end of each performance year, the checklist is completed and reviewed with their mentors. If the associate is not hitting all the benchmarks, and that type of work is available in the office, the mentor can assist the associate with achieving those goals.
All of our associates are assigned a mentor. We encourage our partners and associates to meet at least once a month to discuss anything related to their careers at Fisher Phillips. The mentors are given an annual budget to spend with their mentors for social outings.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
We offer business development training for all of our attorneys. Internal experienced business development professionals assist our attorneys with their business development plans. Our origination and responsible attorney credit system breeds a sharing environment that assists all of our attorneys with business development opportunities.
ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REVIEWS
Each year we evaluate all non-partners' performance. The non-partners write a self-evaluation of their own individual performance and meet with a member of the Evaluation Committee. On-track associates are given a progress towards partnership report at the end of their fifth year of practice and for all subsequent years until they are elected to the partnership.