Consistently among the top law firms for quality of life, Paul Hastings prioritizes associate mentorship, training, and long-term career development. Lawyers seeking an amiable, collaborative atmosphere where hard work and client service are valued will likely be a good fit at the firm. There’s no shortage of challenging legal matters to tackle, but the attorneys at Paul Hastings step up to the plate to produce excellence, while maintaining a relaxed culture and a good work-life balance.
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Paul Hastings looks for it all when it comes to recruiting candidates—grades, personality, work experience, diversity, and a drive to learn. Friendly, warm, and respectful, the attorneys at the firm are eager to collaborate and frequently socialize. Partners are encouraged to provide meaningful feedback on a real-time basis, and associates feel respected and that their input is valued by partners. Firm leadership is generally transparent regarding decisions, performance, and compensation. Work ebbs and flows, but the associates say the 2,000 billable hour requirement is reasonable and that work is evenly distributed. Associates are thrilled with the market salary and bonuses they receive, especially considering unlimited pro bono work can be attributed to the billable hour require...
Over the last few decades, Paul Hastings has grown from a mid-market U.S. firm to an international outfit with strengths in employment, tax, and business law and big-name clients in more than 80 countries. With offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo, the firm has become especially strong in Asian market dealings.
It Started with Three
In 1951, Harvard law grads Bob Hastings, Lee Paul, and Leonard Janofsky pooled their ambition to form a new firm in Los Angeles. They divided the workload three ways: Janofsky handled employment law matters, Paul dealt with litigation, and Hastings managed business law. In 1962, Charles Walker joined the trio as a partner, adding his name to the masthead and establishing a tax practice. Walker took a brief sojourn from the firm in the 1...
Partner and Global Chair
Partner & Global Chair—Employment Law