Osborn Maledon is unique. Every firm says it. We mean it.
Working directly with clients and providing them the best possible legal representation are two experiences Osborn Maledon associates get early and often. We typically work in small teams, often just two lawyers. That makes for great one-on-one training, on challenging work that is frequently on the cutting edge of legal developments.
This small-team focus also gives our lawyers opportunities early in their careers to assume significant roles in representing clients and the responsibility for meeting their needs. We view clients as clients of the firm, and not of individual lawyers. We encourage and expect our associates to develop relationships with the clients we serve.
Another difference that sets us apart is how our associates become part of the firm. We only hire lawyers whom we count on to become members, and we all treat them as colleagues and friends from the day they arrive.
At Osborn Maledon, our commitment to excellent lawyering and public service drives us to hire and inspire exceptional attorneys, paralegals, and administrative professionals who reflect the diverse communities and clients we serve. We are dedicated to providing a professional home where people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives share their talents and successes. We best serve our clients and community when our colleagues with varied points of view and approaches to problem-solving are able to collaborate openly to deliver creative and efficient solutions for our clients.
Our partnership track is short. Eight years. Less with credit for judicial clerkships, private practice or other professional experience.
We keep associates in the know. They receive full monthly financial reports. Our Board meetings are open to all attorneys, and all are welcome to attend and be heard. Every lawyer can join the debate on important decisions.
Associates actively participate in firm administration and management committees. They help elect the firm's Board of Directors. An associate's vote counts the same as a member's. And, our associates may be and have been elected to serve on the Board.
We do work hard, and we expect top performance from our lawyers. Our clients' needs require dedication and commitment, and all of our lawyers know that. But we also value the importance of balancing our professional and personal lives. We encourage all of our lawyers - members and associates -- to take time for family, for friends, for community and for recreation. The firm's broad pro bono policy provides each of our lawyers firm-sponsored opportunities to contribute to the community in ways they consider important. Our leave of absence policies free time for parenting, teaching and government service. Our paid sabbatical program offers members periodic opportunities to travel, teach or just recharge.
We've said we're unique. You be the judge.