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Date Posted: May 20, 2018

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Too often, talented, ambitious students achieve success and satisfaction in law school only to find their afterlife as an associate in an impersonal, internally competitive law firm to be devoid of satisfaction.

Not so for associates at the 125-lawyer, Rochester-based firm of Harter Secrest & Emery LLP. For the third year in a row, HSE has earned the #1 ranking nationally in a survey of midlevel associate satisfaction conducted by The American Lawyer.

The 2006 survey of third, fourth and fifth year associates at hundreds of firms across the United States probed into associates' levels of job satisfaction, including their relationships with fellow associates as well as partners, and their access to meaningful training and guidance, to pro bono work, and to interesting, high quality work assignments with significant responsibility.

As in 2004 and 2005, HSE earned the honor as “the best place to work” among all participating law firms, something managing partner Maureen Alston called ""a wonderful reflection on every player on the HSE team.” Ms. Alston noted that “HSE's culture of teamwork and mutual respect, by design, encourages our lawyers to compete externally, not internally, and provides early opportunities for lawyers to grow and succeed as professionals. We believe this naturally leads to satisfied, well rounded associates who develop quickly into legal counselors and leaders.

The American Lawyer has been surveying midlevel associate satisfaction at law firms for two decades — the 2006 version is just out — and this much is clear: little has improved since 1986. The overall satisfaction score was 3.7 (out of 5) in 1986; today it’s 3.78.What’s more striking is a comparison of associate gripes: A Kirkland & Ellis associate recently reported to the magazine: “[Kirkland] is asking too much of too few. No one should make the money you make on the backs of people working around the clock. Take fewer cases, hire more people.” The 1986 version of this complaint? “As [the firm] grows larger and makes more money,” reported an Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld associate, “being an associate means I do not share in the increased profits . . . but nonetheless do share in the tensions and changes caused by growth.”

That said, times have changed. According to the survey, partners familiar with both eras report that associate life is more demanding than it used to be. “Today, the pace is totally different,” reported Philip “Pete” Ruegger III, chair of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. “You used to send a letter and wait for a reply or hand-deliver a memo and wait for a reply.” Not so anymore, in a world of FedEx and email attachments.p

Oh yeah, the survey results? Once again, Rochester, N.Y.-based Harter, Secrest & Emery finished atop the rankings (must be that clean upstate drinking water); with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner finishing second, and Dickstein Shapiro; Nutter, McLennan & Fish; and Munger, Tolles & Olson finishing third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

What about last year’s bottom feeders, profiled by Ashby Jones in a recent WSJ.com article? It’s a mixed bag. Proskauer Rose and Cahill, Gordon & Reindell again finished fairly low in the survey (though not at the bottom). The news was better, however, for Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, which jumped nearly 100 slots in the rankings.

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