Mentoring & Training
Call us “cutting-edge,” but we actually allow our practice groups to interact with one another — in fact, we encourage it — and you may find your interests changing as you are exposed to different areas of law. At Quarles, you have the freedom to change practice groups and develop your practice to reflect your particular interests and strengths.
During your first two years with us, you will have your very own personal mentor, i.e., an experienced lawyer with a budget! The two of you will have the time and funds to explore your city, go to a game, have a dinner out with some other folks from the firm, go out for a beer or glass of wine, and have long conversations about all the things you’re doing wrong. And right. Your mentor will also offer suggestions for ways to make the best of your associate years and continue to grow professionally.
We love training! Most Quarles practice groups offer formal training programs for lawyers in the group. The format and frequency of the training varies (e.g., the training may occur during the group's regular meetings, as separate seminars offered to all lawyers, or as training sessions targeted to new associates). Many training opportunities (such as monthly Business Law Training Sessions) are open to lawyers in all practice groups. A firmwide ethics program is offered every year too!
Our litigation associates will benefit from our collaboration with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). For years, our litigation associates have participated in in-house litigation skills workshops focusing on important practice skills such as direct and cross-examination and negotiation. These two-day workshops are co-taught by NITA and Quarles lawyers and provide an excellent opportunity for hands-on skills development. Caution: homework alert. But worth it.