An occasional look at how job hunting legal professionals cope with a crisis economy.
Our radar has picked up two tiny pockets of associate hiring activity in California.
In San Francisco, 72-lawyer Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass has made one offer to a mid-level associate and is scouring resumes for one more, in litigation. About half the firm’s lawyers are litigators, and litigation is up across areas including false advertising, antitrust, commercial and real estate law, said Jeffrey Knowles, one of the firm’s three managing partners.
“We are getting considerably more resumes” than is typical, Knowles said, although he didn’t have statistics offhand. The firm didn’t advertise the openings; enough interest has come through cold calls, recruiters and personal connections, he said. (Again, connections played a role. The associate who recently got an offer from Coblentz knew an associate already working at the firm, Knowles said.)
Meanwhile, Blank Rome is looking for associates to round out its new Los Angeles office. The 500-some lawyer firm, based out of Philadelphia, launched its West Coast operation with five new partners this week. The firm has hired one litigation associate for Los Angeles already and is looking for more, Managing Partner Carl Buchholz told Legal Pad. “We’re interviewing now,” he said.
Though he said the firm has no target number of hires, he said the ideal candidates would be mid-level associates. The office is focusing on litigation (including commercial, entertainment, environmental and insurance coverage) and real estate for now, with other practices to be added in time, Buchholz said.
The liaison hiring partner for Blank Rome’s L.A. office is David Zeehandelaar.
— Petra Pasternak