Overview

Introduction

With its one and only location in Los Angeles, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP is a full-service firm with nearly 100 lawyers. Among the areas the firm covers include bankruptcy, corporate, entertainment, environmental law, and private wealth services. The firm is well known for its work in the entertainment sphere. You'll probably recognize a few of these client names: James Cameron, Vin Diesel and One Race, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Cruise, Riot Games, the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien, Marvel Entertainme...

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

50 - 100

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Featured Rankings

Top 150 Under 150

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No. of Summer Associates (2020)

3 total (All 2Ls)


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Base Salary

1st year: $170,000


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No. of U.S. Offices

1


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No. of International Offices

0

Vault Verdict

Greenberg Glusker’s hiring process can be competitive, as the firm is looking for people who will fit in well with its culture—though a good GPA from a top school certainly won’t hurt candidates’ chances. The firm’s culture is very social, with frequent opportunities to bond with coworkers, including a very popular “Friday Night Drinks” at the firm every week. Associates and partners have very positive relationships, with an emphasis on mentoring. The hours at Greenberg Glusker are reasonable, in part because partners are mindful when distributing work. Many associates believe that the work-life balance is a good tradeoff for the below-market salary, as most associates are satisfied with their pay. The work is substantive and training is robust, including a well-developed culture ...

About the Firm

With its one and only location in Los Angeles, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP is a full-service firm with nearly 100 lawyers. Among the areas the firm covers include bankruptcy, corporate, entertainment, environmental law, and private wealth services.

One and Only

Greenberg Glusker was founded in 1959 by three California lawyers, with a focus on developing strong client relationships. The firm has remained true to this initial vision and continues from its California base, operating under a one-office model. But while the firm has eschewed geographic expansion, its reach is global. Greenberg Glusker relies primarily on lateral growth in building its ranks. 

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Associate Reviews


  • “Lawyers at Greenberg Glusker are smart, kind, inclusive, and progressive. The people here genuinely like and care about each other, and attorneys are proud of the firm's unique culture. Every Friday evening, attorneys catch up over snacks and drinks at an in-office happy hour. Additionally, there is an annual firm retreat and an annual ski trip.”
  • “Lawyers frequently socialize together both inside and outside of the firm. We have firm happy hours and Friday Night Drinks where we can relax with one another and catch up.”
  • “It is a very collegial firm. We have attorney-wide lunches every Monday and attorney-wide drinks every Friday at 5 p.m.”
  • “The firm’s lawyers socialize at least twice a week if not more. We organize lunches [and] happy hours. People genuinely like each other and enjoy spending time together.”

Why Work Here


At Greenberg Glusker, we profoundly subscribe to the belief that our workforce is our most valuable asset, and we pair that belief with action to ensure that our team members feel both valued and supported. Between a comprehensive benefits package, on-site fitness classes and wellness workshops, diversity events, and philanthropy opportunities, the Firm offers several programs to ensure the physical and mental wellbeing of its workforce. Additionally, the Firm provides many social opportunities throughout the year, helping team members to connect across levels and departments. We are proud to have been included in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Most Admired Law Firms to Work For list and to have landed at #1 in Wellness in Vault’s 2021 Quality of Life rankings for our efforts.

Diversity at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

The Law Firm Diversity Profile contains the firm’s self-reported responses to the Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey, an annual survey conducted by Vault.com in partnership with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Detailed demographic breakdowns of the firm’s attorneys by level, race, gender, LGBTQ and disability status offer a valuable statistical overview, while descriptions of its diversity programs, initiatives and strategic plans provide a comprehensive portrait of the firm’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Getting Hired Here


  • “We have a fairly structured process for a firm of our size, involving OCI and callbacks. We get really top-notch candidates and make good hires—although it can be tough to compete with the larger firms.”
  • “Our firm generally hires candidates from top 25 schools who are in the top third of their class, focusing on UCLA and USC. Personality is an important factor.”
  • “The firm considers law school, grades, [and] personality as the most important.”
  • “A strong GPA gets you in the door (3.5 or higher generally), but fit is ultimately most important.”