Almost 50 years old, Shartsis Friese opened its doors in San Francisco as an alternative to large national law firms. It has grown to over 60 attorneys who specialize in the areas of corporate law, litigation, estate planning, real estate, taxation, and venture capital. The firm’s low turnover model creates familiarity and continuity for clients, who appreciate the personal service. Clients also like the firm’s commitment to lower billing rates.
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Shartsis Friese has stayed true to its vision—smaller firm, high retention rates, lower billing rates, and top-notch legal services—since 1975. The hiring process takes into account matters such as grades, law school attended, and clerkship or work experience, but not as much as personality, legal skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit. The work environment is professional, and people are down-to-earth and dedicated. Coworkers enjoy social activities together, though these have been hampered somewhat by the pandemic. Partners are open with associates and treat them as part of the team, especially given the small size of the firm, and take an active role in the performance review process. In lieu of formal training, associates learn by doing—with partners providing guidance and over...
Shartsis Friese is a mid-size San Francisco firm with just south of 70 lawyers among its ranks.The firm distinguishes itself from its big firm competitors with careful growth, low partner/non-partner ratio, lower billing rates, and minimal turnover—without a fall-off in results.
An Independent Spirit
Shartsis Friese was founded in 1975 by Arthur J. Shartsis, Mary Jo Shartsis, and Robert Charles Friese. Arthur Shartsis was a third-year associate at Morrison & Foerster when he pitched to Friese, a Securities and Exchange Commission attorney, about the possibility of starting their own firm. For nearly 45 years, the firm’s collegial, efficient, small-firm platform has attracted a number of strong, independent-minded partners and associates from other firms who have established hig...
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.