Lawyers who are successful at Schiff Hardin generally share certain core qualities and values that unite us as a firm. While individual practice groups may emphasize specific skills and personal qualities over others, as a firm we agree on the traits and values that we seek in our colleagues and that best predict success at Schiff Hardin. Those qualities and values include the following:
Commitment to Excellence. A personal commitment to do excellent work and provide excellent client service, and a dedication — even at great personal sacrifice — to meet that standard.
Character/Integrity. A commitment to professionalism and the ethical practice of law, the improvement of our community through pro bono work, and the fair treatment of our clients and each other.
Initiative/Ambition. A strong desire to succeed; to learn and seek out new challenges and additional and more difficult work and responsibilities; performs at the highest level to best serve our clients; takes personal ownership for career progression.
Productivity/Effectiveness. Willing to meet the demands of our profession and the firm’s expectations; efficiently produces useful work product on multiple matters without sacrificing timeliness or quality of work; demonstrates meticulous attention to detail.
Analytical Skill/Legal Judgment. Researches and analyzes complex issues efficiently and exhaustively; identifies and evaluates alternative strategies, and formulates creative, cost-effective and legally sound solutions; acts independently to make difficult and time-sensitive decisions.
Oral and Written Communication. Organizes and presents complex ideas in a clear, cogent, polished and persuasive manner; advances clients’ interests in adversarial and non-adversarial settings; speaks with confidence that is rooted in substantive excellence.
Teamwork. Leads, follows, coaches, supervises, or collaborates with others to deliver efficient and high quality service to our clients; values others’ input; takes on work based on the needs of the firm and our clients.
Interpersonal Skills. Builds rapport and establishes relationships with colleagues, clients and staff; displays maturity and good judgment; shows grace under pressure and a fundamental sense of stability and resiliency.
Client Focus. Demonstrates a sense of urgency by quickly responding to client needs and concerns; takes ownership of clients’ problems; invests time and energy in learning clients’ businesses, goals and strategies; participates in firm’s business development efforts.
Commitment to the Firm. Has a long-term desire to work in private practice and to become a partner at Schiff Hardin; feels personally responsible for developing expertise, establishing a strong reputation and bringing in business; contributes to the strength and success of the firm, through recruiting, mentoring and training.