Overview

Introduction

Constangy is a management-side labor and employment firm, with offices in 16 states across the U.S. Constangy handles a range of employment matters, including employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; wage and hour litigation; workplace safety; affirmative action compliance; OSHA; workers’ compensation; and ERISA and employee benefits. The firm also counsels clients on developing workplace policies. Among other positive aspects of working here, associates rave ab...

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

150 - 250

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No. of Partners Named (2020)

4

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Featured Rankings

Best Law Firms for Racial & Ethnic Diversity


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Base Salary

Salary not disclosed.


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No. of U.S. Offices

26


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No. of International Offices

0

Vault Verdict

Candidates looking to work with Constangy should have some work experience under their belts—the firm hires mostly laterals, and places premiums on experience (particularly L&E experience), diversity, and law school attended. Expect questions about fit and why you’re looking to leave your current firm, but also choose good references—they will be called. The firm’s culture is friendly and professional. For those seeking a social atmosphere, the firm offers frequent firm-sponsored opportunities to get together with colleagues, but there isn’t much socializing outside of the office. Partners respect associates and treat them well, though associates note that the firm isn’t as transparent as it could be on matters like financials and salary. While compensation doesn’t reach B...

About the Firm

Constangy is a national labor and employment law firm that has been serving clients since 1946. Boasting a down-to-earth culture, the firm has close to 200 attorneys across 16 states.

Growing Up in ‘Hot-Lanta

Frank Constangy—known to his colleagues as ‘Mr. C’—established the firm in 1946 in Atlanta with partners Legree Davis and Mildred McClelland, who was one of the few female attorneys in Atlanta at the time. In 1950, Bill Prowell, formerly an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB"), joined the firm, and in 1961, the firm became Constangy & Prowell. After Contangy's death in the early 1970s, the firm fractured a bit but was reorganized by partners Lovic Brooks and Jim Smith as Constangy, Brooks & Smith and began to expand within the reg...

Associate Reviews


  • “[The] atmosphere in the office is professional, kind, and caring, but [we] rarely socialize outside of the office together.”
  • “[We] mostly socialize in [the] office—very little out-of-office socialization. Professionally, [the] culture is excellent. Partners genuinely respect my opinions and strategies and value my work.”
  • “Our office socializes on a fairly frequent basis. We have team lunches, team-organized events, and our managing partner will have us over for events as well.”
  • “Offices are relatively small and dispersed over the country, making it difficult to socialize with other associates. But partners are friendly and in-office interactions are fun. Everyone has a good personality.”

Diversity at Constangy Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP

"As a firm, Constangy has been at the forefront in advancing roles for women and minorities in the legal profession. In our earliest years, when women represented fewer than 3% of practicing attorneys, Mildred McClelland was one of the firm's first partners, arguing cases in courts and before federal agencies. Before joining the firm in the 1960s, partner Jim Smith served on the American Bar Association's inaugural committee advising the early efforts of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — helping the lead the way in..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “We generally don’t hire straight out of law school, so although the school and grades are important, experience is more important. There is also a large focus on diversity and fit. Many recent hires have come in through word of mouth.”
  • “Diversity and work experience appear to be notable factors.”
  • “They look for someone with employment experience or litigation experience. I think law school is important, personality, diversity, and prior work experience. We don't have feeder schools and don't seem to hire many first-year associates. All the hires I have seen are lateral hires.”
  • “[The] firm values real world experience and prior experience in labor and employment law.”