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Employment Boutique vs Biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Fri May 11, 2018 6:50 pm

Hi all,
I’m jus wondering what TLS thinks about employment boutiques, e.g. Littler, Ogletree, etc.vs. traditional biglaw. Any pros/cons to going to one over the other besides the obvious that the boutiques normally don’t pay market? Thanks!

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Re: Employment Boutique vs Biglaw

Postby Toni V » Sat May 12, 2018 1:57 am

If you have a shot at BL, take it over a boutique. Aside from $$, the biggest advantage is the option to lateral. If it turned out you did not like the boutique firm you might yourself “stuck.” Much easier to change course from a BL firm.

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Re: Employment Boutique vs Biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Sat May 12, 2018 6:42 am

The above is generally true, but I my firm has many Littler laterals. I think Littler is probably the “best” out of the labor and employment-only firms.

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Re: Employment Boutique vs Biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Sat May 12, 2018 10:23 am

I worked at a national L&E “botique.” Definitely go biglaw if you can. The L&E firms provide much more substantive experience, but the pay is well below market and the hours are comparable to traditional biglaw firms... especially at Littler. People that left my firm usually lateralled into other L&E boqitues, biglaw firms, or in-house L&E spots.

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Re: Employment Boutique vs Biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Sun May 13, 2018 7:47 pm

Agree with the above, go biglaw over Boutique. Littler and Jackson Lewis pay well below market.

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Re: Employment Boutique vs Biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 14, 2018 2:49 pm

Thanks, all. Any more thoughts? I've heard that you might be forced to cut your own hours due to higher billing rate in Biglaw. Any truth to that?

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Re: Employment Boutique vs Biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 14, 2018 6:58 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Thanks, all. Any more thoughts? I've heard that you might be forced to cut your own hours due to higher billing rate in Biglaw. Any truth to that?

My national employment boutique also cut my hours. Employment boutiques take a TON of EPLI (employment practices liability insurance) work. These insurance companies cut hours like crazy. FYI, when speaking of these big employment boutique, the main ones I know of are:

Littler
Fisher Phillips
Jackson Lewis
Ford Harrison
Ogletree

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Re: Employment Boutique vs Biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 14, 2018 9:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Thanks, all. Any more thoughts? I've heard that you might be forced to cut your own hours due to higher billing rate in Biglaw. Any truth to that?


Not true in my experience at big law firm known for employment practice. (One of Morgan Lewis, jones day, Proskauer). There are definitely cases that we won’t get cause of higher rates, but once it’s in the door I’ve never had an issue with hours getting cut.



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