Culhane Meadows isn’t a traditional law firm – and we’re good with that! Although we have taken the best traits of traditional law firms, including collaboration and subject matter depth and diversity, we have actively combined those attributes with a business model designed to reflect and take advantage of the technology and communication capabilities available in the 21st century. Our clients know the importance of evolving to stay relevant in the marketplace–why should law firms be any different? Culhane Meadows is proud to be shaking up the marketplace as we demonstrate how law firms must also adapt and evolve to become more efficient in the delivery of legal services. Plus as part of our commitment to recruiting and retaining the best lawyers in America, regardless of their gender, race, orientation or personal background, we’ve adopted a 100% objective and transparent compensation system where every lawyer is fairly rewarded entirely on their own merit. Through a deliberate and intentional application of our Core Values across all areas of our business, we aim to create positive disruption and change within the legal marketplace by showing clients and attorneys a better way to practice law.
Our Core Values
Integrity is the foundation of the attorney-client relationship because it gives the client peace of mind that its interests are front and center. While our partners are experienced leaders in their respective practice areas, we do not overreach and we are not afraid to say “I don’t know yet” if we need to double check an important issue.
We exercise regular and transparent communication and we welcome clients to ask questions about any services we provide. Our objective is to keep clients informed and updated at every key juncture.
Our innovative business model leverages “the cloud” to maximize efficiency by eliminating expensive offices and inexperienced associates. Yet we are always looking for ways to improve our systems and services as newer technology arrives. We always ask ourselves: Can we do this better? Faster? More Efficiently?
With a management philosophy that emphasizes intentional collaboration among partners located nationwide through the use of technology, we are able to maintain a true partnership culture. We believe that better communication among our partners translates into better client service.
Our innovative firm was born out of a desire to find real solutions to problems within the legal marketplace, all to make life easier for our clients and to give our partners a better way to practice their profession. What’s our inspiration? People and businesses that solve real problems are what compel and motivate us in all that we do and they push us to accomplish even more. One of the things we find most rewarding and motivating is asking “Why?” and “How?” when it comes to looking at a problem. We challenge and disrupt the status quo and always ask: Can we do this better? Faster? More efficiently? Answering these questions is easier when you’re inspired by the people you surround yourself with. Fortunately, at Culhane Meadows, we intentionally surround ourselves with the best of the best attorneys and we find daily inspiration among each of our partners.
Culhane Meadows was initially launched by four attorneys who assembled a team of dedicated and passionate business-oriented lawyers who previously worked together at several large national firms—in some cases for over 15 years. Our founders were compelled to form Culhane Meadows based on their Core Values and strategic vision to facilitate a team-oriented approach for delivering legal services and serving clients—while eliminating the high overhead and inefficiencies of traditional law firms. The result is a national law firm that is truly disrupting the legal marketplace and changing the way legal services are provided.
Our partners understand that every client matter, regardless of size or industry, exists within the framework of a larger set of objectives—market demands, cultural diversity, financial limitations,social/marketing goals, or regulatory requirements. To address these diverse challenges, Culhane Meadows is committed to cultivating and maintaining cross-disciplinary, client-centered teams of lawyers with extensive legal and real-world experience. We are privileged to have so many business owners and General Counsel trust Culhane Meadows with their legal needs, but this is actually a tribute to the exceptional quality of work and responsive service of our many outstanding partners.
Blending Excellence with Efficiency
Culhane Meadows matches or exceeds the standards of large traditional law firms in both experience and depth of knowledge of our partners. In fact, every partner at Culhane Meadows received valuable training and experience from some of the most prestigious law firms or in-house legal departments in the country, including AmLaw 200 firms such as Baker & McKenzie, Skadden Arps, Jones Day, Greenberg Traurig, Kirkland & Ellis, Duane Morris, Reed Smith, DLA Piper, Dentons, Hunton & Williams, Alston & Bird, Haynes & Boone, and many other well-known firms.
However, we are proud to distinguish ourselves from the traditional law firm model because we remain intently focused on efficient delivery of legal services by leveraging emerging technology, while avoiding the burden of extravagant office space, excessive support staff, fancy artwork on the walls, marble columns in the lobby or other expenses that add no value or benefit to the client. In furtherance of our focus on efficiency, Culhane Meadows is comprised entirely of partner-level attorneys who can get the job done right the first time and we do not employ associate attorneys who require on-the-job training while the client foots the bill. Simply put, we deliver the best service to our clients by recruiting only the best of the best lawyers to join our team who meet our stringent candidate standards:
- At least 8 years of experience in the practice of law (though most of our partners are in the 15-20 year range)
- Majority of training and practice experience with a large AmLaw 200 firm (or in-house with a respected corporation)
- Strong educational credentials from respected institutions
- Strict compliance with the highest standards of legal ethics and professionalism
- Exceptional skills and knowledge in the attorney’s primary practice areas
- Commitment to maintaining highest levels of proficiency through continuing legal education programs
Collaborative Partnership Philosophy
Though each of our attorneys is a highly-qualified practitioner in his or her own right, Culhane Meadows believes that the greatest efficiency and most favorable results for our clients are accomplished through collaborative teamwork among our partners. Quite simply, Culhane Meadows believes our attorneys are stronger, more successful and more marketable when working together. The consequence is a highly-efficient team of experienced and knowledgeable attorneys arrived at Culhane Meadows in search of a better, more flexible and more enjoyable way to practice law. Through the combined knowledge and experience of our partners, Culhane Meadows provides business clients with a full spectrum of legal services. We place significant value on making sure that our partners enjoy their work and have fun practicing law at our firm.
- Partners deserve to be treated with respect, made to feel valued, and given the opportunity to handle interesting and challenging work.
- Honesty and open two-way communication are paramount to the success of the Firm and our Partners.
- Partners have values and priorities, and if the Firm fails to satisfy and respect them, Partners will go elsewhere.
- The practice of law isn’t supposed to be gloomy; the Firm wants Partners to enjoy their work and have fun.
- A primary reason attorneys stay at a firm is because they are given opportunities to grow, learn and expand their practices.
We are honored—and humbled—by the success we have experienced thus far as numerous business owners, general counsel, and respected members of the legal profession recognize and embrace our innovative and ground-breaking approach to providing legal services. Culhane Meadows remains committed to building a solid—yet adaptable—foundation that provides for intentional and strategic growth, long term industry endurance, and a superior coalescing of each partner’s professional needs with the collective business objectives of the firm. As we grow and our clients’ legal needs expand, we continue to carefully identify and evaluate new markets where our balance of exceptional service and high-efficiency will thrive in the midst of traditional firms rooted in excessive rates and needless overhead expenses. Culhane Meadows is actively recruiting exceptional new lateral partners to join our team as we build our presence and service offerings in each of our current markets.
We invite you to contact us if you have any questions about Culhane Meadows and we look forward to sharing our vision with you. Thank you for visiting our website.