Your Career at Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Chadbourne & Parke LLP is a great place to begin and expand upon your legal career. Even as we have grown substantially in recent years — with 13 offices worldwide and headquarters in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center — our global culture has remained quintessentially Chadbourne - informal, friendly and entrepreneurial. Achieving professional excellence in a collegial and hospitable environment, where differences are respected, is a Chadbourne priority. While our professional accomplishments are lengthy, we consider our greatest asset to be the people who work here — lawyers and staff alike. We take great pride in our "home grown" approach to developing talent and begin the integration and training of our attorneys from the moment they join us. Our partnership is comprised of leaders in the field who embody our entrepreneurial spirit and value system. Many of them, including our Managing Partner, have been with the Firm since they were summer associates.
The support of our attorneys in their global business development efforts sets us apart from other firms. We strongly encourage attorneys of all levels and specialties to pursue their interests and strengths within the legal field. Some of our most successful and cutting edge work has been a result of these endeavors, specifically our Turkish Middle East North Africa, Canadian, Renewable Energy and Latin America practices.
Since our attorneys are on the front lines serving clients developing renewable energy resources, we are deeply aware of the realities of climate change. Chadbourne’s Green Initiative is our way of taking immediate, quantifiable steps to limit our global footprint. The changes at our firm are both large and small - from recycling bins at desks to purchases of Renewable Energy Certificates to offset 60 percent of the Firm’s domestic energy use. We are extraordinarily proud of our Green Initiative and in June 2009 we received top rankings from the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Change Challenge.
We're proud of our culture and our commitment to recruiting top talent. But don’t just take our work for it hear what our associates are saying about Chadbourne below.
We invite you to visit our website at www.chadbourne.com to learn more about the Firm and our practice areas.
"I’ve talked with former classmates at other law firms and I know that Chadbourne offers its associates, right from day one, opportunities that we wouldn’t find elsewhere. I was told early on that whenever I feel I can handle more responsibility, I should just ask and I’ll be given the chance to prove myself. It’s a good feeling to know that the opportunity for advancement is always available. But it’s not sink-or-swim, the support system is always there."
Project Finance Associate
"I have had extensive interaction with Chadbourne's partners since I joined the firm as a first-year litigation associate. Through Chadbourne's formal mentoring program, I developed a strong relationship with my partner mentor, who was responsible for facilitating my integration to the firm and monitoring my assignments during my first year. My partner mentor's formal responsibilities have long since subsided, but we continue to maintain a close relationship and my mentor frequently drops by my office to catch up (on firm related matters and otherwise). On an informal level, from the outset of my career, I have received regular and detailed partner feedback on my work. And now that I am a mid-level associate, I often work directly under a partner on my cases. This lean staffing, and the collaborative efforts necessary to prosecute or defend an action, ensures that associates work closely with the partners. For example, just this year, I second-chaired a trial and an arbitration hearing, working side-by-side the partners leading those matters."
"My professional development at Chadbourne & Parke LLP since 2003 has been tremendous and extremely rewarding. I attribute my continued growth as a legal professional to the training and development I have received at the firm along with the strong connections I have made to the partners I work with. Strong mentoring programs are key to professional development at C&P and set Chadbourne apart from other firms. In addition to providing strong mentors, C&P encourages associates to become mentors early on in their careers, lending to a hands on learning experience passed on from one class to the next. Chadbourne & Parke LLP is the type of firm where professional growth not only comes from training seminars but also from constant day to day involvement with senior partners who provide daily feedback and an environment that fosters learning from the best and the brightest early on in an associate's career."
"At Chadbourne, attorneys of all levels are active participants in the development of the firm. Indeed, as members of both the Diversity and Recruiting committees, I have had the opportunity to work with both junior and senior colleagues and provide my input on diversity and recruiting initiatives. As a member of the diversity committee since 2006, I have aided in the organization of events to promote Chadbourne's commitment to diversity, including a mentoring luncheon and panel discussion for women attorneys. Participating on the recruiting committee has been equally rewarding. As a member since 2009, I have actively participated in deciding which candidates have an opportunity to return to our firm for call-back interviews, and also selecting those candidates for inclusion in the summer associate program. I appreciate that Chadbourne allows for junior, mid-level, and senior attorneys to participate on its committees and bring varying perspectives to firm administration and progress."
Products Liability Associate
"My experience at Chadbourne over the last several years has been very positive and, I believe, different from what many of my peers have found at other New York firms. I think that there are three main qualities unique to Chadbourne that have contributed to this experience. First, the senior lawyers at Chadbourne give you a great deal of responsibility and client interaction very early on in your career. Not only does this help you learn and progress as a lawyer, but it also keeps you very interested and engaged in the projects that you are involved with. Second, everyone at Chadbourne is a team player that can and will pitch in to help a colleague to meet a goal, regardless of the circumstances. Its very easy to find yourself motivated to do produce a high quality work product when you see your colleagues providing various means of support that they may be unfamiliar with. Finally, and most importantly, the Chadbourne lawyers at every level and across every practice area, have achieved a really great balance of professional and personal life. Chadbourne lawyers work hard and take great pride in their work, but they do not let their personal lives become consumed by that work. This balance creates a mutual respect amongst the lawyers that fosters a really unique working environment in which a young lawyer can thrive and succeed."
"I joined the General Corporate Practice Group at Chadbourne in the Fall of 2007 after summering with the firm in 2006. What drew me to Chadbourne was its size, its clients and its collegial atmosphere. Chadbourne performs high-level legal work for sophisticated international clients while maintaining a mid-size attorney population. As such, a first year associate works one-on-one with partners and is afforded a greater deal of responsibility than he or she would get at most big New York law firms. I feel extremely lucky to have found a job at an innovative firm with challenging legal work, exceptional attorneys and a warm and cooperative atmosphere. The first-year experience at Chadbourne is truly unparalleled in terms of quality of work, partner interaction and firm culture."