Our commitment to a policy of controlled growth enables us to be highly selective when we hire, seeking individuals who have excellent academic credentials, as well as practical judgment and a strong motivation to succeed. We evaluate our hiring needs on an ongoing basis, and frequently look to hire lateral associates to address our practice needs and to complement our existing strengths. We have also regularly hired recent law school graduates, particularly candidates who have demonstrated excellence while serving as a law clerk at the firm. Every associate is hired with the expectation that he or she has the potential and desire to be an outstanding trial lawyer and appellate advocate.
The firmís diverse litigation practice affords each associate an opportunity to handle a broad array of substantive matters, including pro bono matters, and to work both as part of a team in large, complex cases, and as the primary attorney with significant responsibility for handling smaller cases, with appropriate supervision. Our associates are engaged in all aspects of the litigation process, including drafting of pleadings and dispositive motions, handling discovery and taking and defending depositions, appearing in court, participating in mediations and other alternative dispute mechanisms, communicating with clients, witnesses and opposing counsel. Our firm structure and collaborative model of practice enable us to provide our associates with more significant hands-on experience and a greater level of supervision than are found at many comparable firms.
We also promote attendance at CLE, including the NITA Trial Advocacy Workshop, and participation in bar association and other professional development activities. In addition, on a monthly basis, we hold in-house Associates Committee meetings to discuss both general and case-specific practice and substantive issues, and to garner associate input on administrative and other firm issues. Each associate is also mentored by an assigned partner throughout the year. As part of the associate review process, mentors meet with each associate at least on a quarterly basis to monitor progress. Our more formal annual review process includes a review of each associateís work by the entire partnership, followed by a detailed written evaluation.
In addition to our reputation as one of Bostonís premier litigation boutiques, Sugarman Rogers is also known for its collegial work atmosphere, a quality reflected by the firmís selection, from among thousands of law firms across the country, as ďOne of the Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree.Ē We agree that it is.
Because of the firmís active litigation practice, we regularly hire law students, both as summer associates and throughout the year, to assist in conducting legal research, writing memoranda, and drafting discovery, evidentiary and dispositive motions in a wide array of matters. Our busy litigation practice also allows our law clerks to observe trials, appellate arguments, motions, depositions, mediation and in-house strategy sessions, and to see their work-product put into action. While law clerks work directly with the firmís attorneys, each law clerk is also paired with an associate who serves as the law clerkís mentor. Law clerks also attend the firmís monthly Associates Meetings, during which in-house presentations are made by the partners on trial techniques and substantive areas of the law. Our law clerks also participate in the firmís social events and gatherings, and regularly join the firmís attorneys at our daily lunch table where practice issues and current events form the basis for lively discussion.
While we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing our law clerks with ongoing direct feedback, our law clerks are also formally reviewed at the end of their program by the attorneys with whom they have worked.
Our highly experienced paralegals (each of whom has been in the field for over a dozen years) are integral to our practice, and work on a variety of cases, assisting the firmís attorneys with factual research and investigation, drafting of discovery, trial preparation and case management. In appropriate cases, our paralegals also assist in reviewing, summarizing and managing client files and documents produced in discovery, and utilize technology such as Summation iBlaze for management of evidentiary documents, transcripts, and for trial preparation, exhibits and presentations.
The firmís Paralegal Committee is chaired by a partner who acts as the liaison between the firmís attorneys and our paralegal staff and helps to organize regular paralegal staff meetings during which substantive and firm administrative issues are discussed. Our paralegals are also formally reviewed on an annual basis by the partners.
The firmís emphasis on team work extends to our Administrative and Support Staff who are key to our success in providing the firmís clients with excellent service and results. Our Administrative Staff includes our Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration, and Director of Information Technology. Our Support Staff includes Billing and Docketing personnel, Secretarial Staff, Receptionists and Messengers. We pride ourselves on our collegial work atmosphere, our diversity, and the firmís excellent retention record for its employees, a number of whom have been with SRBC for over two decades.
SRBC offers competitive salary and benefits packages.
Our benefits include:
Comprehensive health insurance Long-term disability insurance Life insurance coverage 401(K) with profit-sharing feature Flexible Spending accounts (child care and health expenses) MBTA T-Pass Program
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