SRZ attracts associates who are social and hardworking, and it is a great fit for those interested in the financial services industry. The firm has a history of taking on high-profile pro bono matters and hasn’t wavered in its pro bono commitment.
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Schulte was founded to break the BigLaw mold, and it hasn’t forgotten its roots. Associates describe the culture as casual and “community-based,” with little hierarchy and lots of collaboration. The firm’s hiring process is competitive and holistic, with the goal of attracting candidates with both pedigree and personality. A widespread open-door policy encourages socializing between staff, associates, and partners, and a high level of transparency from management establishes clear expectations and priorities. To be clear, Schulte is still very much BigLaw, with a truly elite clientele based largely in the financial industry, and associates enjoy the highly substantive work they receive as a result. Formal training is extensive, and associates love the formal and informal mentorshi...
Among the New York elite, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP has defined itself as the go-to firm for hedge funds and their ilk. While this practice focus translates into double-digit profits and aggressive growth during boom years, the firm has grown organically over the years.
Hedging Their Niche
SRZ was founded in 1969 by a group of young BigLaw associates—most from Cleary and Fried Frank—who wanted to escape the traditional BigLaw model. The firm found its place by working in areas that were mostly ignored by the big firms, like trusts and estates and the burgeoning field of hedge fund law, and soon was attracting clients like the Rockefeller and Lehman families. Bill Zabel—who had written the winning brief in landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia on behalf of the ACLU—focus...