As we all give a moment of silence for the sad, preventable destruction of Dewey LeBoeuf it may be time for firms to recall the words of Sylvester Bowen of Bowen, Fong & Chandri:
When we hire lawyers, we hire those who believe in what we believe.
We don’t hire lawyers who are technically good and need a job.
We don’t hire lawyers who are driven by money.
We hire lawyers who are motivated by our principles of change and innovation.
We don’t want lawyers who are seduced by the reliability of hours and profits per partner because that leads to resistance to change.
We want lawyers who challenge everything, every day; who don’t see the world or their practice as a zero-sum game.
We want lawyers who are passionate about why we do what we do, because then great things are achieved.
BFC is committed to be a growing, vibrant place in which to work – that is how we recruit, inspire and retain exceptional people. We redeploy our capital to ensure that we always find the next innovation and we reward those who create value for the firm no matter how value is created.
If you want steep pay, long hours, high stress and limited job satisfaction – go somewhere else.