Since the firm was established in 1988, the number of attorneys at Goodell DeVries has grown significantly. Attorneys have joined the firm either in entry level positions (following the completion of law school or a judicial clerkship) or in lateral positions (coming from other law firms or government positions).
The firm generally seeks to hire associates whose academic performances place them in the top 10% of their class, although the firm does not apply an arbitrary "cut-off" for consideration. Participation on law journals, trial clinics, and/or moot court boards is also strongly preferred and encouraged. Prior life experience, especially in a field that is associated with the firm's work, is also desirable, but not mandatory. For example, a number of our attorneys have worked in the medical or pharmaceutical fields.
Many of the firm's associate attorneys had experience at other law firms before coming to Goodell DeVries. Many come from larger firms and are seeking a more integrated, active trial practice.
Lateral hires are made on an individual-by-individual basis, thereby making it difficult to draw broad generalizations about this route of entry. Typically, lateral positions are filled to meet a specific need in a particular practice area. The firm seeks attorneys who have the ability to be first-tier trial attorneys. Lateral candidates should have excellent research and writing abilities and litigation experience, including the ability to take depositions, argue motions, and participate at trial. Appellate advocacy skills are also valued. Specialized training and experience in other fields, such as engineering, medicine, pharmacology and biostatistics, are advantageous, but not required. Although lateral hires tend to be made on an as-needed basis, the firm is always amenable to meeting with attorneys who possess the skills, experience, and academic credentials that would be an asset to the firm's practice and service of its clients.
In state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate levels, many of the attorneys at Goodell DeVries worked as judicial clerks after the completion of law school. The firm considers the completion of a judicial clerkship to be a matter of personal choice. There is no requirement that entry-level attorneys complete a judicial clerkship. However, many of the firm's partners and associates completed judicial clerkships and believe them to be a valuable learning experience.
Goodell DeVries prides itself on mentoring its associates and providing them with meaningful opportunities to become well-rounded, sophisticated trial lawyers.
Each associate is paired with a mentor who will assist with the associate's professional growth and development. In addition to the formal and informal interactions between mentors and associates, the firm hosts continuing legal education meetings and trial advocacy training programs.
We invite you to explore career opportunities at Goodell DeVries. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits.
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