Associates at Holland & Knight enjoy their work and appreciate their colleagues. The firm is a true pro bono leader, especially when it comes to its work supporting veterans. For those hoping to make partner, the firm provides a realistic pathway. With a political pedigree and strong Capitol Hill ties, the firm covers dozens of practice areas, from litigation, corporate law, intellectual property, and tax to more industry-specific teams.
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Holland & Knight values top academic credentials but balances law school and GPA with experience, work ethic, and personality fit. “Collegiality” is more than a cultural buzzword here: Associates consider co-workers to be friends; are treated well by partners; and socialize often, including virtually during the pandemic. Regular meetings keep attorneys apprised of firm financials, and while the survey reflected gripes about lack of transparency into compensation, the firm has since moved to a lockstep pay scale in all of its U.S. offices. Bonuses are discretionary and tied to billables and other factors, such as collections. The billable-hour requirement is 1,900 hours, which most associates feel is reasonable. Work is substantive and often challenges associates beyond the...
A veritable global conglomerate, Holland & Knight complements its fleet of offices in the United States with locations in England, Colombia, and Mexico. With a political pedigree and strong Capitol Hill ties, the firm covers dozens of practice areas, from litigation, corporate law, intellectual property, and tax to more industry-specific teams.
A Prime Pedigree
Holland & Knight came to be from the combination of the two firms built by Florida practitioners Peter O. Knight and Spessard Holland, with roots dating back to 1889 and 1929, respectively. Present-day Holland & Knight owes much of its success to Chesterfield Smith, who oversaw the combination of Holland and Knight’s practices in 1968 and was the new firm’s first managing partner. Smith worked to transfor...
From the Firm: The firm recently moved to a market-competitive lockstep pay scale for all U.S. associates.