Holland & Hart has a reputation for being laid-back but goal-oriented, a fitting culture for a Western-states firm. Despite being a “regional” firm, Holland & Hart has a wide-reaching practice, with just under 500 attorneys serving clients worldwide in practice areas ranging from environmental to intellectual property and more. The firm also expects attorneys to contribute significant time each year to pro bono work, and it employs pro bono staff to help make that happen.
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Holland & Hart is interested in lawyers who fit their culture, which associates describe as laid-back, friendly and respectful, while still being goal-oriented – a fitting depiction of a mountain-states firm. Partners treat associates with respect, and associates feel that many partners genuinely care about their professional development. Substantive, high-quality work is available from the start for associates, and the firm offers both a formal mentoring program and informal mentoring based on both practice area and mutual interests. While work-life balance seems to be important to the firm, and there is not a sense that billing over the required hours is expected, associates note that it has been difficult to achieve a good balance recently due to high volumes of work. T...
Starting as a two-man outfit in the 1940s, Holland & Hart has become one of the largest firms in the Rocky Mountain West. Among its most notable practices are litigation, business law, tax and estates, employment law, IP, and real estate law.
A Rebel with a Cause
Holland & Hart began in 1947 when former Colorado state legislator Stephen Hart rebelled against what he described as the “very monopolistic, establishment-oriented” old firm culture in Denver where “nobody could expect to become a partner unless he was born into it or married into it,” according to the Colorado Lawyer. After he was denied partnership at a local firm, Hart started his own practice with his friend Josiah Holland. Among Hart's guiding principles for the firm was spu...