Greg Michelson in the Orange County Business Journal: Q&A With Prominent Office Managing Partners


Haynes and Boone LLP has continued to recruit steadily through the years but has definitely experienced an increase in new associate hires since the depths of the recent U.S. economic downturn. Specifically, for the Orange County office, which is one of 12 firm offices, we have more than tripled the number of professionals since the office opened in 2009 by continuing to recruit the best legal talent.

We are confident that the extra effort we put into grooming our young talent sets us apart from our competition. From our summer associate program to our various associate training programs, established peer and mentoring programs, and various leadership roles and firm committees, we are committed to ongoing learning and development. Our commitment is rooted in our partners’ recognition that the development, retention, and promotion of our attorneys will determine the future success of our firm.

From the beginning, our incoming class of new lawyers participate in an orientation, onboarding, and training program that focus on providing our first-years the essential information they need to excel as new attorneys. The training program includes faculty from a cross-section of partners and associates from various practices and offices. Each associate is also assigned a partner and an associate mentor in their practice group to oversee the associate’s development through the years as an attorney at the firm. Together, both the partner-supervisor and the associate-mentor offer the new associate a team to rely on for assistance with the successful integration into the firm, as well as the broader legal community.

Excerpted from the Orange County Business Journal on January 22, 2015. To view the full article, click here (subscription required).

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