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We litigate complex, high-stakes cases against the largest law firms in the country.  But working at Dovel & Luner is very different from working in “BigLaw.”  No other firm in the country — big or small — will give you better training, experience, or pay as a young lawyer.  This is a natural consequence of our firm’s business model and philosophy.

 Christin Cho — examining a damages expert

Our fees depend on winning.

We structure our fees so that we only get paid if we win — the bigger the win, the more we get paid.

As a result, thorough training and early responsibility are not just recruiting talking points — they are critical to the firm’s business model.

Because we do not bill clients by the hour, it doesn’t make sense for us to create busy work for our young associates.  Instead, we provide each new associate daily feedback, detailed instructions, and regular practice in mock depositions, examinations, and oral arguments, so that they quickly develop into trial lawyers who win cases and contribute to the firm’s revenues.

We take winning cases.

We do not take on new cases simply because a client will pay us to litigate them.  We carefully sort through potential matters and only select the best that are presented to us.  Because we only get paid if we win, we cannot afford to take on cases that lack merit.  Our attorneys don’t have to fight hopeless fights or take untenable positions.  We litigate cases we believe in.

All attorneys run their own cases.

All attorneys – including young associates – run their own cases. This allows all attorneys to take ownership of and participate in the long-term strategy of their own case, develop relationships with clients, and marshal cases from filing through trial.

This model also gives associates control over their lives and schedules. Our associates can predict their workload and control when and how they will handle it.  Associates won’t ever be subject to someone higher up who assigns work on Friday afternoons or sets arbitrary deadlines.

We are nimble.

We are free of bureaucracy and inertia. If an attorney discovers or develops a better way to do things, we implement it. There is no need to write a lengthy proposal, run it by a committee, have it reviewed by the controlling department, and then roll it out two years later when it is already obsolete.

Click here to read about the experiences of Greg Dovel and Jeff Eichmann defecting from BigLaw.