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What is a Firm's Culture?

As a practicing attorney, you have probably learned that the substantive work at different law firms is not too dissimilar. One of our roles is to assist you in distinguishing one firm from another. Each firm's culture is complex, characterized collectively by the actions of individuals over time. We have a historical as well as contemporary perspective on what has shaped a firm's reputation, and we address the sensitive issues of race and gender that affect lawyers and law firms.

Mr. Mazie has been an active member of the Board of Directors of The National Conference of Community and Justice and former Chair of the Youth Programs Committee for the Washington D.C. area. The National Conference, founded in 1927 as The National Conference of Christians and Jews, has been a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism in America. The National Conference has a history of promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education.

How long will my search take?

Our years of experience have shown us that there is no predetermined formula for the length of a legal search. What we have learned is that within a few weeks of working with a candidate we can be fairly accurate in determining how long the process will take.

Our knowledge of the marketplace and our long-standing relationships enable us to monitor firms' immediate needs and their projected needs for the months ahead. We have had experience placing candidates within one week, and experience placing candidates with firms a year or longer after our initial introduction. Although we are gratified with all placements and many occur within three months, it is perhaps those that took the longest that most benefited from our ongoing relationships and regular communication with law firms in the Washington area.

How can you assure confidentiality when the spouse of a partner at my firm works at the firm I want to consider?

It is no longer surprising how many firms are connected by spouses, significant others, or close friends. Relationships that should give pause to a lateral associate and could conceivably result in placing you in a compromising position. It is our relationships with key partners at many firms that enable us to guide you through this delicate process.

We have had many experiences where our active involvement has shielded certain decision-makers until the last possible moment. In each case, it has been the candidate who decided when to involve the person in question. It is our vigilance, sensitivity to confidentiality, commitment to providing the highest quality of service, and our track-record that provides our assurance.

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