stratocophic wrote:If your firm is laid back, they'll think you're weird if you're overly formal. The ragging from partners I've worked with would be merciless if I was formal with them.
I'm the poster with the original question. I would not consider my firm overly laid back. Very traditional, white-shoe law firm in NYC. If I was at some 100-lawyer midlaw shop somewhere like Indianapolis or St. Louis, I probably would be going straight to first name. The reason this is a point of uncertainty for me is that I referred to another partner (who I didn't really know very well) by his first name to a different partner, and the partner I was talking to stiffened up a little bit. And my assistant refers to partners by Mr. X, but to associates on a first-name basis. So eh, was just wondering. No reason for everybody to get their panties in a wad over a well-intentioned question.
I read this thread and I feel SO lucky to be SAing at my firm.
I read your response and I would feel SO lucky if I never have to run into snotty know-it-alls at my firm. Get off your high horse, bro.