At Weil, we recognize that one of the most important components of an associate's career is his/her professional development. We are committed to providing exceptional training for associates and offer numerous programs each year beginning with New Associate Orientation.
Throughout the year, each of the Firm’s four departments (Corporate, Litigation, Business Finance and Restructuring, and Tax, Benefits and Executive Compensation) conducts a series of training programs designed to introduce new associates to its particular needs and substantive legal practice areas. Over 200 in-house training programs and workshops are conducted annually, including Litigation Skills (Deposition, Direct/Cross Examination, and Evidence), Business Finance & Restructuring Skills, Management and Delegation, and Business Development Skills.
Associates are given the opportunity to attend CLE programs offered by various third-party providers such as the Practising Law Institute and State Bar Associations.
We believe that mentoring relationships are a vital component of a successful legal career. Upon arrival at the Firm, associates are paired with both an associate and a new partner advisor who serve as their mentors during their first year at Weil. At the end of their first year, associates choose a partner or counsel to serve as their mentor to provide guidance and assistance with professional and career development.
As part of our US-wide mentoring program, mentoring related events are held throughout the course of the year, including an annual Mentoring Week.
Community Leadership Project:
We encourage our attorneys' involvement in bar associations as well as not-for-profit and community organizations. Our Community Leadership Project helps connect Weil attorneys who are members of non-profit boards, community organizations, and bar committees with associates interested in becoming involved. The Community Leadership Project holds networking events and circulates a publication identifying Weil attorneys and the organizations they support.
Diversity of Clients and Interdisciplinary Practice Areas
Corporate Finance and Transactional Practice
Weil regularly advises on the largest and most complex corporate transactions in the world, and the Firm’s Corporate Department offers recognized depth and quality across borders and legal disciplines. The Firm serves a wide range of clients and consistently receives accolades and recognitions globally and routinely ranks at the top of league tables for the high volume of transactions the Firm handles. The Corporate Department has groups devoted to transactional work including, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Private Funds, Public Company Advisory Group, Real Estate, and Technology & IP Transactions. The Corporate Department’s financial practice has groups devoted to Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, and Structured Finance & Derivatives.
Leading Litigation Practices
The Firm’s global Litigation Department provides clients with integrated and innovative legal advice in all major substantive areas of the law. With a dozen practice groups under its umbrella, the Litigation Department is shaped by one unifying principle: a client-focused, trial-ready approach to litigating cases, regardless of subject matter, jurisdiction, or discipline. As such, the Firm is regularly called upon by a wide range of the world’s leading corporations, financial institutions, and private companies, along with their executives, boards, board committees, and directors, to handle any and all aspects of their litigation matters, truly becoming long-term strategic partners with clients and fully understanding their businesses and overall strategy.
A Preeminent Business Finance & Restructuring Practice
Recognized by Chambers as the “gold standard” of bankruptcy practices and consistently at the forefront of innovative restructurings, Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring Department is considered one of the best in the world. For more than 40 years, the Firm has played a pivotal role in defining this field by offering creative, practical and thoughtful solutions for clients. The Business Finance & Restructuring Department’s experience across multiple industries is unparalleled and spans every critical area of finance and restructuring, including exchange offers, debt for equity swaps, prepackaged and rearranged chapter 11 cases, “conventional” chapter 11 cases, and international insolvencies. Notably, the Firm has served as chief debtors’ counsel in five of the six largest U.S. bankruptcy filings in history. Additionally, the Firm counsels a uniquely wide range of constituencies, including debtors, creditors, equity holders, committees, and potential purchasers of troubled companies or their assets.
Tax, Benefits and Executive Compensation
Weil’s Tax, Benefits and Executive Compensation Department delivers value to clients by providing creative, strategic solutions that make sound business sense and are pragmatic commercially. The Firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits lawyers work in close coordination across practices and regularly advise global clients on the legal and financial risks associated with compensation and benefit arrangements that arise on a wide range of corporate and restructuring matters - many of which require sensitive issues for senior management, transition planning and compensation. The Firm’s comprehensive knowledge of the complex and continually evolving nature of tax law plays a crucial role in corporate transactions, restructuring and other commercial matters. Clients rely on the Firm to deliver innovative, comprehensive, and tax-efficient solutions on nearly every type of domestic and cross-border matter presenting significant tax issues.
Weil associates generally describe the Firm's culture as high energy. The Firm has a diverse group of attorneys and employees and a welcoming attitude toward people from all different backgrounds. Doors are always open and everyone is on a first-name basis. New associates are assigned to active matters and work closely with seasoned attorneys and clients almost from day one. New associates are given opportunities to increase their skill levels with both internal and external training programs and on-the-job learning. The Firm has an in-house Director of Professional Development. Weil has an efficient and professional administrative staff, which allows associates to concentrate on their legal work. Weil’s culture encourages each attorney to develop his or her talents and the skills necessary to be a practical, trusted, client-centric legal advisor, and while you are always in control of your career here, you are never left alone to figure out how to cultivate your development and realize your potential.
Weil's Management Committee is comprised of leaders from throughout the Firm, including those who head up major practice areas as well as several managing partners of offices outside of New York. In its membership and focus, the Management Committee is highly representative of all the Firm’s groups and offices and provides top-level oversight of the Firm’s strategy and operations. In 2009, Barry Wolf was elected as the Firm’s Executive Partner and assumed for the formulation, coordination, and implementation of the strategic and business initiatives of the Firm, fostering firm integration on a global level, and partner communication and transparency in management.
Benefits and Perks
Weil's salary structure is competitive with the other top firms in the market place. In the US, Weil offers associates a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, disability and life insurance, parental leave, a 401K plan, and emergency backup childcare. Attorneys are encouraged to utilize their entire 4 weeks of vacation each year. The Firm reimburses new associates for bar exam and review course fees, and moving expenses for those who are relocating from other cities. . Associates are also eligible for reimbursement of up to $750 per year for a health club membership of their choice. Weil is among pioneering employers who offer a “gross-up” for employees who enroll same-sex partners in the Firm’s health benefits plans to offset any federal, state and local income taxes paid on the value of the partners’ benefits which heterosexual spouses are not subject to.
Weil has a diversified approach to its recruiting process. US-wide, Weil interviewed at 46 law schools and job fairs, and participated in resume collection programs at 5 other law schools this past recruiting season. The Firm’s 2017 summer program consists of over 130 first and second-year summer associates. Weil also offers a Diversity Fellowship Program to support the Firm’s overall commitment to diversity. The diversity fellowship is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers at one of our U.S. offices. The program, consisting of fellowships for both 1L and 2L students, underscores the Firm’s dedication to diversity with the goal of creating an even more diverse workplace.
The Interview Process
Weil’s interview process starts in most cases with an on-campus interview, which is generally conducted by a partner. The interview is conversational in tone and lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. Applicants are notified within a day or so by phone if they will receive a callback interview. Out of town recruits are reimbursed for their travel expenses, hotel stay and meals. The callback interview begins with a greeting from a member of the recruiting staff. Next, the applicant is escorted to the first of four interviews, each of which lasts about 20 minutes. Two of the interviews are with a partner and two are with an associate. At the end of the first interview, the attorney calls the next interviewer, and walks the applicant to the next office. After the interviews are conducted, two junior associates (generally in their first or second year) take the applicant to lunch. The applicant has the opportunity to wrap up with someone on the recruiting staff at the completion of the interview schedule.
Weil's summer program gives participants the opportunity to observe and participate in all facets of the Firm's practice. Each summer associate is assigned to a "sibling" - a junior associate at the Firm whose role is to guide the summer associate throughout his or her summer experience, both personally and professionally.
New York summer associates work in a total of two or three departments of their choice. They are assigned to active transactional and litigation matters and attend client meetings, negotiations, depositions and court hearings. This enables them to gain a much clearer idea of their choice of future practice area and obtain a realistic view of what it is like to practice law at the Firm. Summer associates are encouraged to participate in the Firm's pro bono and continuing legal education programs. They are also given the opportunity to spend one or two weeks at the offices of certain pro bono organizations. In addition, special seminars are organized during the summer to discuss particular fields of specialization and topics of interest to law students, and to provide training in such areas as negotiation, litigation and writing skills. A variety of cultural and recreational events are sponsored by the Firm during the summer program. Events have included a private museum tour, concerts, charity events, trip to the theater and a summer associate vs. partner/associate basketball game. These events allow the summer associates to meet with the Firm's attorneys informally and get to know them on a personal level.
Feedback is a critical element of the summer experience. Assigning attorneys regularly evaluate the summer associate's performance and written product, in much the same way that a senior attorney reviews a junior attorney's work. The summer associate's performance is formally evaluated twice during the summer. The summer associates are also encouraged to provide their personal evaluations of all aspects of the summer program. As a general rule, permanent offer decisions are made on the last day of the summer program.
A Future With Weil
Weil's multifaceted and balanced practice areas enable the Firm's attorneys to participate in a broad range of legal experiences. Each associate works with a number of partners, thereby gaining exposure to a variety of matters and a spectrum of lawyering techniques and styles. Associates have early and frequent access to clients, which enable them to develop long-term relationships with the Firm's clients. We encourage you to contact us to learn more about this exciting international law firm.
Khrystyne Baltodano, Legal Recruiting Specialist
Telephone: +1 617 772 8834
Fax: +1 617 772 8333
Linda D. Domyanic, Legal Recruiting & Client Relations Manager
Telephone: +1 214 746 7718
Fax: +1 214 746-7777
Allison Wallace, Office Administrator
Telephone: +1 713 546 5067
Fax: +1 713 224 9511
Odalys Smith, Office Administrator
Telephone: +1 305 577 3130
Fax: +1 305 374 7159
Wesley B. Powell, Director, Legal Recruiting
Telephone: +1 212 833 3533
Fax: +1 212 310 8007
Razia Ahmad, Manager, Legal Recruiting & Associate Relations
Telephone: +1 650 802 3257
Fax: +1 650 802 3100
Abby Royal, Legal Recruiting and Associate Relations Manager
Telephone: +1 202 682 7173
Fax: +1 202 857 0940