In hiring associates and other lateral attorneys, we look at the whole person. A strong academic background and a history of scholastic achievement are essential, but we expect more. Integrity, judgment, teamwork, sense of humor and humility are all necessary to build solid working relationships with clients, attorneys and staff. Hard work, responsive client service, and high ethical standards are all essential to uphold the firm’s exemplary reputation in the community and before the Bench.
We look for the well-rounded person because we strive to hire future shareholders. Our rigorous interviewing process utilizes lawyers at all levels to find applicants who exemplify the characteristics mentioned above, who wish to become an integral part of our thriving Tampa community, and who are committed to the practice of law.
Integrity, judgment, teamwork, sense of humor and humility are all necessary to build solid working relationships with clients, attorneys and staff.
“Before I joined Hill Ward Henderson, I worked as a real estate attorney with a fine firm in Sarasota, a smaller city, about an hour from Tampa. The firm had 20 attorneys and everyone knew everyone else quite well because of its size. I then accepted an offer to join Hill Ward Henderson with offices in downtown Tampa occupying four spacious floors in a major skyscraper. With approximately 90 attorneys, my new firm was over four times larger than the one I was used to.
At first, it was a daunting experience making the transition because of the difference in size of the two firms. However, I quickly learned that at Hill Ward Henderson, there are many pieces of the puzzle already in place to help a lateral attorney experience a warm welcome. The firm’s culture is designed to help foster that same sense of ‘close community’ I had experienced earlier.
Being a member of our thriving Real Estate Group immediately made my world smaller, working with a group of 20 attorneys. In many ways, it seemed like a ‘firm within a firm.’ It was like I got to enjoy a small culture within a larger setting. In addition, I immediately got involved in attorney lunch gatherings, cross-marketing opportunities, and social events held for the sole purpose of getting to know other attorneys outside our specific practice group. I now am grateful for our large setting because of the myriad of resources available to my clients, and I enjoy the small-firm feel within our practice group. I ended up with the best of both worlds!”
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