Curtis welcomes experienced attorneys who complement the firm's culture and approach to serving clients. Since 1830, Curtis has grown both organically and through the hiring of highly experienced and skilled laterals who work out of the firm's 17 offices across the world. This measured expansion has preserved a professional environment characterized by true collegiality in which the firm has flourished and continues to flourish as an international firm with its own strong tradition.
Curtis offers lateral partners and counsel the firm's uniquely collaborative and supportive environment and welcomes their contributions to the professional and intellectual life of the firm. The Curtis lateral recruiting program is directed by a committee of practicing partners who work closely with the firm's management and recruiting personnel to ensure confidentiality and an expeditious process.
Curtis offers associate laterals the opportunity to hone their legal skills under the guidance and tutelage of some of the most accomplished lawyers in the profession. We staff our client teams leanly, with associates typically working directly with a partner on a matter. This means that associates are given responsibility and authority immediately. Even junior associates work with clients on a day-to-day basis. We are committed to the success of each of our attorneys. We understand that they need a strong support system, yet room to develop on their own to achieve their full potential.
The hallmarks of a successful career at Curtis include:
An Emphasis on Excellence
Above all else, Curtis attorneys are excellent lawyers. Excellence includes strong legal skills, mature judgment and the ability to operate in a sophisticated manner that fosters an attorney-client relationship built on trust.
An Interest in the Firm
We want our attorneys to take a "proprietary" interest in the firm and its clients. Our attorneys are expected to be entrepreneurial and to take initiative in strategy and problem solving, always placing the best interest of the client first.
A Collaborative Approach
At Curtis, no lawyer is an island. We emphasize collaboration, not competition. We work in teams that frequently cut across offices and practice groups, and count on a mutually beneficial working relationship among our professionals to produce successful results.
Our compensation package provides associates with competitive base salaries in each of the markets in which we operate.
The Review Process
We believe in open communication and an emphasis on attorney development at every stage. Each associate is reviewed by a supervisor on every matter throughout their career. Supervisors provide feedback on key skills such as writing, legal and factual analysis, and professionalism. At least once a year, attorneys receive a formal, in-person review. In addition to comprehensive evaluations from supervisors, Curtis lawyers are given a clear indication of their progress in the firm, especially in later years as the goal of partnership approaches.
Training and Development
A vigorous training program contributes to the strength of our firm. We devote considerable resources to the legal training and development of our lawyers. Curtis attorneys benefit from comprehensive training opportunities at each stage of their career, including practical, hands-on workshops. Curtis also has a continuing legal education series that keeps our lawyers apprised of the latest substantive legal developments in each of the firm's practice areas.
Firm Structure and Leadership
Curtis is divided into departments with a number of practice areas within and across those departments. We have 17 global offices, including Almaty, Ashgabat, Astana, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Frankfurt, Houston, Geneva, London, Mexico City, Milan, Muscat, New York, Paris, Rome, and Washington, D.C.
The firm is structured as a limited liability partnership for the practice of law under the laws of the State of New York. We are governed by a management committee elected by the partnership. George Kahale, III, serves as chairman of the firm. Joseph D. Pizzurro and Matias A. Vega serve as co-managing partners. A number of committees composed of partners, counsel and associates provide recommendations to the chairman and management committee on a wide range of firm management issues. Each of our offices has a managing partner, and each of our departments and practices is headed by a partner with overall responsibility for his or her area of practice.
For more information, contact Krystal Reese at +1 212 696 6059 or Email.