New Associates

Howard & Howard, we select our associates with an eye to the future, recognizing their value to our clients and our organization in the years to come. We look for individuals who are bright, personable and hardworking, and who understand the complexities of legal work, are able to analyze problems objectively and identify solutions creatively, and possess a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a burning desire to succeed. We look for lawyers with the interpersonal skills to work on a team, but with the initiative and self-confidence to work alone.

Our associates demonstrate deep commitment to their own careers, to the Firm's standards and Strongly Held Beliefs, and to the vigorous representation of our clients' interests. In return, Howard & Howard provides an environment in which that commitment is supported and rewarded.

The Firm is committed to providing one of the highest compensations among law firms in our markets. The starting salary for a first year associate attorney hired directly out of law school is $140,000 with a $5,000 signing bonus. The starting salary for a new associate completing a two-year Federal Clerkship is $160,000 with a $25,000 signing bonus. In the second and subsequent years, base salaries are set at one of four dollar amounts: (1). $120,000; (2). $140,000; (3). $160,000; or (4). $180,000, together with yearly bonuses up to $100,000 based on hours, working receipts, efficiency, business development efforts, and leadership skills. Bonuses are paid semi-annually. There is no fixed time frame to become a member. While the norm is six years, many attorneys have become members in significantly less time.

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