Lateral Attorneys and Law Students

Q: What are the firm’s billable hour requirements?
A: Associates have an annual standard of 1800 billable hours on client matters.

Q: How are associates assigned work?
A: Prior to starting at HSE, new associates are asked to rank their practice area preferences. Upon arrival at the firm, first year associates enter a practice area that typically matches one of their preferences. Each practice area has its own system for assigning work to associates.

Q: Is pro bono work valued by the firm?
A: Our firm is deeply committed to providing pro bono service in our community. We encourage all of our attorneys to render a minimum of 25 hours a year of pro bono service, and this time is treated as billable time. Additional time beyond the 25 hours may be treated as billable with the approval of the attorney’s Unit Manager.

Q: Does the firm support alternative work arrangements?
A: The quality of our lives both inside and outside the firm matters to us. The firm provides for alternative work arrangements, including part-time and flex-time arrangements. Most associates working an alternative work arrangement previously worked a full-time schedule. Requests by associates to assume alternative work arrangements are decided on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the needs of the associate and the practice group.

Q: What is the firm’s partnership track?
A: Harter Secrest & Emery has a single-tier partnership, and we regularly make new partners from among our associates. Since we do not have a non-equity tier partnership level, a first year partner is an equity partner from day one. There is no rigid timetable for individual partnership decisions, but historically, the partnership track is approximately 9-10 years. We make every effort to keep each senior associate apprised of the likely time frame for a partnership decision.


Paralegals

Q: What are the firm’s billable hour requirements?
A: Paralegals have an annual standard of 1,475 billable hours.

Q: How are paralegals assigned work?
A: Paralegals assist attorneys with high level client work. Each practice group has its own system for assigning work to paralegals.

Q: Does the firm support alternative work arrangements?
A: The quality of our lives both inside and outside the firm matters to us. The firm provides for alternative work arrangements, including part-time and flex-time arrangements. Most of the firm’s part-time or flex-time employees previously worked a full-time schedule. Requests to assume an alternative work arrangement are decided on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration the needs of the firm.

Q: How is performance evaluated?
A: Paralegals are reviewed for performance in their position after six months of employment. Thereafter, performance reviews are conducted on an annual basis each October. As part of this review, paralegals prepare a self-evaluation and set goals for the upcoming year. Paralegals are considered for salary adjustments each October.


Professional Staff 

Q: How would an employee describe the culture at HSE?
A: Sharing the common goal of incomparable client service lends itself to a collaborative culture based on teamwork and accountability. The work environment is open and supportive. Hard work is recognized.

Q: What are the opportunities for professional growth and development?
A: You have the ability to take ownership of your job and develop it in a way that highlights your skills. There are opportunities to increase your skills in different areas and create a job that is fulfilling to you. The bottom line: outstanding work does not go unnoticed.

Q: How do attorneys, paralegals and support staff work together?
A: The relationship is collaborative and professional. At HSE we recognize that every role is important, and our collective contributions lead to our success.

Q: What makes HSE a unique and rewarding place to work?
A: Everyone wants you to be successful and will support your efforts to grow professionally. Employees who flourish are those who are driven and committed to excellence in their work product.

Q: Why would I want to work at HSE?
A: HSE is a highly regarded local and national law firm and the working environment is professional and supportive.

Disclaimer

This website presents only general information not intended as legal advice. Although we encourage calls, letters and emails from prospective clients, please keep in mind that merely contacting Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (HSE) does not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. Confidential information should not be sent to HSE until you have been notified in writing by HSE that a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Information sent to us before then may not be treated as confidential by HSE or the court.

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