We look for associates whom we believe have the potential to join us in partnership. Because of this, we don't regard our associates as human capital to be leveraged.
We don't have minimum billing hours and we don't treat their billable hours each month as a measure of their worth. We expect our associates to work hard, not because of billable hour targets but because we are working together towards common goals, namely to provide the most sophisticated and efficient representation to our clients and to continually develop the breadth and depth of our legal talent pool and intellectual capital.
We treat our associates as we would like to be treated -- as real people. We offer a collegial and non-hierarchical environment where our lawyers can thrive professionally. We are transparent with the firm's strategies, results and managerial decision making process. We welcome suggestions from all quarters on how to advance the firm's results over both the short-term and the long-term.