Brownstein values the work of our attorneys at all levels. At Brownstein, we believe supporting our attorneys as individuals facilitates the work they do for the team.
The firm provides ongoing education and learning opportunities, regular formal evaluations and feedback, membership fees for approved professional development organizations and associate events that help our attorneys thrive. All first-year associates participate in an orientation program with topics that range from management and structure of the firm to marketing, maximizing staff resources and balancing work, life and family. As part of our apprenticeship program, we support our first-year associates with a reduced billable-hour requirement so they can focus on learning and professional development.
Associates work directly with shareholders on substantive matters from the outset, gaining valuable guidance while also working in a cooperative environment with their peers. The firm regularly sponsors internal events where our attorneys can network in both a professional and personal capacity, including a semiannual retreat for all attorneys from the firm’s 14 offices, as well as our annual Associates’ Retreat.
We assign mentors to each of our new associates, regardless of experience level, to help them integrate into the firm. We encourage mentorship on both a structured and informal basis, and support firmwide programs such as the Women’s Leadership Initiative, which seeks to develop women attorneys and policy professionals within the firm into leaders in their respective practice groups by means of mentoring circles, presentations and the biennial Leadership Forum for Women.
In addition, associates are offered strategic guidance on business development. Brownstein’s marketing team is ready to support our associates from day one with tips to raise their profile both internally and externally. The firm invests in attorneys individually through regularly scheduled training programs and semiannual performance evaluations to provide guidance for individual development plans, setting goals and identifying the specific training, knowledge and work experiences associates need to take their skills to the next level. We provide proven, step-by-step advice on career advancement and individually work alongside our attorneys toward their long-term goals.