One of Boston's top firms, Goulston & Storrs works across myriad industries but is most well known for its stellar Real Estate practice. Around half of the firm’s attorneys work in this area, advising clients like developers, entrepreneurs, investors, and REITS, as well as property owners and commercial tenants. Those seeking strong mentorship and transparent management will fit in well at the firm, which touts its collaborative culture with a motto of “Collaboration: Some law firms say it. We live it.”
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Goulston hires top talent both directly out of law school and laterally, with a focus on candidates from Boston-area schools. Associates describe Goulston’s culture as collegial and close knit, with frequent socializing during the workday and after hours—whether that’s an anniversary celebration, dinner at a partner’s home, or casual drinks after work. Associates and partners overall have positive working relationships. Transparency gets great scores; of note, associates attend monthly management meetings, and junior associates receive biannual performance reviews. There is no billable-hours requirement, and workflow is moderated by allocators, so it’s not surprising that associates report satisfaction with work-life balance. Associates are pleased with ma...
Founded in 1900, Goulston & Storrs is an AmLaw 200 firm with around 200 lawyers working down the East Coast from Boston to New York City to DC. The firm touts its collaborative culture with a motto of “Collaboration: Some law firms say it. We live it.”
Keeping It Real
Operating across four main departments—corporate, litigation, private clients, and real estate—Goulston & Storrs is adept at handling a range of legal issues. The firm’s sub-specialties range from banking and finance to bankruptcy and restructuring to capital markets and securities to commercial litigation to data privacy to employment to environmental to estate planning to professional liability to real estate to tax—and much more. Among the industries the firm serves are health care, hospitality an...
Culture is Key
Vault has been surveying associates about firm life for 10 years now, and rarely do associates concur so completely about their firms' culture. A real estate associate explains, "Goulston is an incredibly warm and friendly place to work and there is definitely a sense of community within the firm." To which a trusts lawyer adds "People are friendly, and there is ample opportunity for socializing ... My spouse even enjoys the social activities!"
This culture permeates throughout the ranks. "The partners genuinely seem to care how associates are feeling" and "communication and dialogue at all levels are highly encouraged," from monthly meetings with associates and the managing directors to associates participation in firm operating committees.