Work Life Balance
- Billable Requirement – Each Associate is expected to work and record a minimum of 1,800 billable hours each year. Our lower minimum billable requirement means that our associates essentially bill approximately one month’s less time each year than associates who are employed at firms that require a minimum of 1,950 billable hours.
- Pro Bono – The firm’s broad pro bono policy provides each of our lawyer’s firm-sponsored opportunities to contribute to the community in ways they consider important. Allowances will be made for firm approved pro bono hours and/or contingent fee matters.
- Leave of Absence – Our leave of absence policies provide time for parenting, teaching and government service. Our paid sabbatical program offers members periodic opportunities to travel, teach or just recharge.
- Work from Home – We make it easy to work from home, when necessary. There is no “face time” requirement.
- Bonuses – Each associate has an opportunity to earn an annual bonus based on the associate’s economic contribution to the firm and other factors. Those bonuses are determined according to a formula, which means that if an associate works more than 1,800 hours, they will be paid for their time. In addition, the firm offers discretionary bonuses for associates who have made extraordinary contributions to the firm during the year.
Track to Membership
- Our partnership track is short – 8 years. Associates get credit toward that requirement for judicial clerkships, private practice, or other professional experience.
- Associates are hired with the expectation that they will become members, and we anticipate a long professional relationship with the attorneys we hire.
- The firm’s Board of Directors’ meetings are open to all attorneys. Every lawyer has an opportunity to join the debate on important decisions.
- An associate’s vote is equal to a member’s and counts in helping to elect the firm’s Board of Directors. In fact, associates can, and have, served on the Board of Directors.
- Associates receive full monthly financial reports.
- Associates actively participate in firm administration and management committees.
- Associates have an opportunity to assist in recruiting, including interviewing, on-campus interviews, and other events.
As part of our review of the onboarding process, the Mentor Committee will oversee an extended “OM First Year Associate Academy,” which will consist of targeted monthly lunch trainings offered during new associates’ first year at the firm, focused on the following topics:
- Working with secretaries and paralegals.
- Associate development guidelines / how to succeed at OM.
- Good billing practices, including time entry.
- Litigation 101 (the cycle of a case).
- Writing skills—the research memo & other typical associate writing assignments.
- Firm history.
- Time management and stress management
- Nurturing “client” relationships, including relationships with members in the firm.
- Tips/strategies for dealing with difficult people—and how NOT to become one!
Commitment to Diversity
We’ve said we’re unique. You be the judge.