As a global giant, Dentons provides a plethora of opportunities for associates to grow in their legal careers. Strong mentorship complements early responsibility, and many associates envision long-term careers at the firm.
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Dentons might be large, but associates don’t feel lost in the crowd. The firm cultivates its culture early, prioritizing “fit” and personality along with law school and grades in the hiring process. Practice groups and individual partners take an active role in creating a small-firm vibe, and associates praise the collegiality and flexibility this fosters. The daily atmosphere is one that associates describe as easygoing, with partners taking a genuine interest in the performance, development, and wellbeing of associates. This tight-knit mentality does not translate into transparency in firm management, and associates are dissatisfied with the firm’s black box compensation structure, which is generally below market. Associates feel that the firm’s 2,000-hour billable requirement i...
Born of a history of combinations, Dentons is the Pac-Man of law firms. The rapid growth began in 2010, when Chicago’s Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal—known for its real estate prowess—and U.K.-based Denton Wilde Sapte joined forces to create SNR Denton. Soon after launching, SNR Denton set its sights on Europe and Canada, courting Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn and Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC). The March 2013 mega-combination of these three firms—SNR Denton, Salans and FMC—created Dentons. The new law firm was immediately one of the world’s largest with locations in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., continental Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. But the firm wasn’t done. In January 2015, the partners of Dentons and 大成 (pronounced Da-CHUNG)—the largest law firm in China—announced the approval of an historic combination between the ...