Offit Kurman co-founder Howard Kurman on Law Firm Hiring

First-year associate hiring remains flat

First-year associate hiring at the major law firms in Maryland has remained relatively steady, with most firms reporting only a small difference in the number of beginning attorneys joining their ranks this fall compared to last year. At least four firms don’t plan to bring on any first-year associates in Maryland this fall. Hogan Lovells LLP, which has 36 attorneys in Baltimore out of more than 2,500 worldwide, hired three entry-level lawyers to start in Maryland last year but will have none working in the local office this fall. Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd. in Bethesda hired one first-year in 2014 but also won’t bring on any this year. Ober | Kaler and Offit Kurman P.A. did not bring on entry-level attorneys last year and do not plan to do so this fall, either. Howard Kurman said Offit Kurman’s growth strategy revolves around lateral acquisitions, such as bringing other firms under its umbrella or adding solo practitioners to its ranks. For the mid-sized firm, the investment of time and money that first-year associates require doesn’t make sense, Kurman said. “In the market that we serve, businesses that are entrepreneurial themselves, frequently they want to associate with and be advised by experienced attorneys,” he said. “They don’t want to pay for the education of a first-year law graduate. That’s one of the reasons our recruiting efforts have been directed toward acquiring experienced attorneys.” But from a different standpoint, Rakes said, the value of first-year associates becomes clear as they put in more time with the firm. “The longer you’ve been here [at Venable], you build relationships with people you work with; you build relationships with clients,” he said. “For a fifth-year associate who’s been here five years, we know what you’re capable of.” . Click here to read the full article on The Daily Record


Howard Kurman website Howard K. Kurman is Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. You can also connect with Offit Kurman via FacebookTwitterGoogle+YouTube, and LinkedIn.