Poll: Which Boston firm?

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Among these options, which would you choose for corporate work in Boston?

Bingham
18
32%
Choate
17
30%
Goulston
2
4%
Sullivan & Worcester
5
9%
Foley Hoag
7
12%
Proskauer
6
11%
EAPD
2
4%
 
Total votes: 57

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:17 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:I'd probably take Weil over any tier 1's though.


I'd love to hear your reasoning for this choice. Thanks!

Smaller office, extremely high quality work. You'll be playing second fiddle to NY... which is a drawback, but Weil provides the kind of big deals/cases that you probably won't see in Boston. Weil is arguably #1 in country for certain practice groups.


Aside from the PE focus, can anyone else comment on Weil vs. Skadden Boston?

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:52 pm

Definitely a very different "feel" from each firm. Skadden is extreme type-A, cocky and a bit asshole-ish feel. I thought Weil was a bit more laid back, though certainly not a laid back firm, and less prone to screaming.

As people keep saying, it depends on the department you want and your personality.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:31 pm

I got a totally different impression at Skadden. My interviewers were very down to earth and non-egotistical.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:34 pm

How many Weil offers have gone out? Corporate or Lit?

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:34 pm

I would agree, actually. I thought the interviewers at Skadden were all quite personable and approachable.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:33 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I would agree, actually. I thought the interviewers at Skadden were all quite personable and approachable.

Perhaps we just had different interview experiences. I'd recommend talking to previous SAs at your school if you can. I did, and the person told me that they were constantly and heavily pressured to go out every single night (til close) by younger associates so that the associates could drink for free. The person liked it at first, but grew tired of it and felt obligated to do it....maybe some wouldn't mind this atmosphere though.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:38 pm

I've heard that happens everywhere. Do you think that's a situation that we don't have to worry about ITE? Was the person you spoke with a summer in 2008 or earlier?

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:38 am

Sullivan & Worcester made calls this week telling people they are still under consideration.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:41 pm

Any Bingham Boston updates? Still shocked that they are only taking 5. Anyone know if they gave 100% offers to 2010 summers?

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:30 pm

Can anyone weight on on K&L v Brown Rudnick v S&W?

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:40 pm

I had to make a decision between K&L and BR. I actually really liked BR. But I came to the conclusion that K&L was a better firm with a brighter future, especially if you aren't looking at any practice area that BR has but K&L doesn't (this is probably especially true in IP and securities/banking). In terms of S&W, I'd say BR is likely a better choice unless you wanted to do tax.

Just my two cents. Good luck on your choice.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:18 pm

I can weigh in on S&W and BR, but not K&L. I liked the people at S&W and BR about equally (and a lot), though the people at BR seemed slightly more stressed out by the work-life balance problems they were having after underoffering the summer class 2 years ago and not compensating with laterals. I also found the social culture at BR to be a bit fratty, which to be fair, is something I really would have liked, but that's a personal choice. S&W just seemed to have nice people doing good work, even if the hours were long. If S&W paid market, I definitely would have considered it more, but $35k (160 @ BR vs. 125 @ S&W) speaks loudly when you're potentially billing so many hours.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:44 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Can anyone weight on on K&L v Brown Rudnick v S&W?


I'd take BR. In Boston, one isn't more prestigious than the other. Outside of Boston different story, but I wasn't a huge fan of K&L. K&L Boston from what I've heard is pretty much the definition of a satellite office, meaning you're at K&L but not in one of their more-known or prestige areas. BR although known to be sweat-shoppy I heard has good people and is more of a Boston staple than K&L.

S&W, while I know people that love it, doesn't pay so well (although 125k is still a ton of $) as you've seen above and I don't know how true it is that'd you work less hours to compensate for that disparity.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Blindmelon » Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:45 pm

The poll results sadden me. Foley Hoag should be getting more love than it is, and Bingham shouldn't be getting as much.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:53 pm

Blindmelon wrote:The poll results sadden me. Foley Hoag should be getting more love than it is, and Bingham shouldn't be getting as much.


I'm going to second that, although I didn't get a look from either firm.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:55 pm

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I'd take BR. In Boston, one isn't more prestigious than the other. Outside of Boston different story, but I wasn't a huge fan of K&L. K&L Boston from what I've heard is pretty much the definition of a satellite office, meaning you're at K&L but not in one of their more-known or prestige areas. BR although known to be sweat-shoppy I heard has good people and is more of a Boston staple than K&L.

S&W, while I know people that love it, doesn't pay so well (although 125k is still a ton of $) as you've seen above and I don't know how true it is that'd you work less hours to compensate for that disparity.


Yeah I think that's true. And I think when you're playing at this level, you're gonna work your ass off at any of the top firms. I'd bet a first year bills as many hours at BR as Ropes.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:54 pm

Blindmelon wrote:The poll results sadden me. Foley Hoag should be getting more love than it is, and Bingham shouldn't be getting as much.


A good friend of mine worked at Foley Hoag and got laid off for ITE reasons right after the crash. He pretty much said they were assholes and made him posture like he was "choosing" to leave.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:24 pm

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Blindmelon wrote:The poll results sadden me. Foley Hoag should be getting more love than it is, and Bingham shouldn't be getting as much.


A good friend of mine worked at Foley Hoag and got laid off for ITE reasons right after the crash. He pretty much said they were assholes and made him posture like he was "choosing" to leave.


Yikes. Well, I don't think any of the firms on the list were safe from layoffs. Choate also laid off about 10% of associates and deferred a bunch - I heard that the firm worked their asses off trying to find jobs for everyone - they're a top-notch firm.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:01 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I can weigh in on S&W and BR, but not K&L. I liked the people at S&W and BR about equally (and a lot), though the people at BR seemed slightly more stressed out by the work-life balance problems they were having after underoffering the summer class 2 years ago and not compensating with laterals. I also found the social culture at BR to be a bit fratty, which to be fair, is something I really would have liked, but that's a personal choice. S&W just seemed to have nice people doing good work, even if the hours were long. If S&W paid market, I definitely would have considered it more, but $35k (160 @ BR vs. 125 @ S&W) speaks loudly when you're potentially billing so many hours.


Can anyone else speak to this BR "fratty" feel? Not saying that's bad, just want to hear more about it. Fratty in the way Choate is blue blood?

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:15 am

Anybody on this?

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:41 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:I can weigh in on S&W and BR, but not K&L. I liked the people at S&W and BR about equally (and a lot), though the people at BR seemed slightly more stressed out by the work-life balance problems they were having after underoffering the summer class 2 years ago and not compensating with laterals. I also found the social culture at BR to be a bit fratty, which to be fair, is something I really would have liked, but that's a personal choice. S&W just seemed to have nice people doing good work, even if the hours were long. If S&W paid market, I definitely would have considered it more, but $35k (160 @ BR vs. 125 @ S&W) speaks loudly when you're potentially billing so many hours.


Can anyone else speak to this BR "fratty" feel? Not saying that's bad, just want to hear more about it. Fratty in the way Choate is blue blood?



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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:48 pm

Can anyone weigh in on the culture at Wilmer?

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:10 am

Anonymous User wrote:Can anyone weigh in on the culture at Wilmer?


Stuffy and reserved.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:34 am

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Stuffy and reserved.


Unsure about that. Its not exactly party-city but I really liked everyone I met there.

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Re: Poll: Which Boston firm?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:46 pm

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Stuffy and reserved.


Unsure about that. Its not exactly party-city but I really liked everyone I met there.


wilmer definitely felt like the most stuffy and reserved office environment I visited. halls were very quiet and the reception area was SILENT; no one said anything in passing. also might have been the colonial style of the place.




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