What Makes Us Distinctive?
Warner Norcross has consciously adopted a salary structure and policies that encourage excellence and teamwork and that discourage internal competition for clients and billable hours. Guided by these policies, we have earned a national reputation for client service quality while maintaining close relationships among our members.
The academic qualifications and depth of experience of our attorneys present them with many career opportunities. Most could practice anywhere in the country. They chose to practice at Warner Norcross & Judd because of their desire to balance their personal and professional lives and because this is, above all, a great place to work.
Compensation, bonus and planned attrition policies at many large firms often have the effect of decreasing collegiality because members are required to compete with one another for clients or billable hours. At Warner Norcross & Judd, however, our history has proven that internal competition is not a necessary ingredient to success. Our lockstep compensation system for both associates and partners ensures that the motivation for a quality performance comes from each individual's commitment, pride and professionalism. Clients are better served because legal work is done by the best-qualified person at the most cost-efficient level, whether that person is a partner, an associate or a paralegal.
When we hire lateral attorneys, our goal is to assist them in their professional development. As part of that development, we evaluate each attorney at least once a year in a thorough and thoughtful process. A partner is assigned to follow each attorney's progress and is available to assist the attorney as he or she grows in the practice. We have both informal and formal mentoring programs. In addition to a Client Development Partner, the Firm employs a full-time Director of Professional Development and a full-time Director of Client Development and Marketing, both of whom focus their efforts on assisting attorneys with their career goals. We want you to succeed and are willing to invest in your development.
In our hiring, we seek lawyers who have a cooperative spirit and who measure their success not by the failure of others, but by their own growth and development. We seek people who will take pride in the success of the Firm and all of its members.
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