Big Law for the New Economy®
Culhane Meadows is proudly shaking up the legal marketplace by offering exceptional, yet highly-efficient and cost-effective, client services provided exclusively by partner-level attorneys with substantial experience from large law firms or in-house legal departments of respected corporations.
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 with 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.
Workplace Diversity and Equality
Culhane Meadows is committed to recruiting and retaining the best of the best lawyers in America, regardless of their gender, race, orientation or personal background. In fact, Culhane Meadows is the largest women-owned national full service law firm in the U.S. and is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). We have also been named among the Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother magazine.
Culhane Meadows is an active member of NAMWOLF (the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms). Selection for membership is highly competitive and only preeminent law firms with the highest qualifications are accepted as member-firms to this respected organization.
What is NAMWOLF? Founded in 2001, this is a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women owned law firms throughout the United States. Many corporations and public entities interested in diversifying their outside law firm ranks turn to NAMWOLF’s carefully screened member firms to fulfill those needs. NAMWOLF’s Law Firm Membership is comprised exclusively of AV-rated firms across the nation that represent major corporate clients. NAMWOLF assists its Law Firm Members in developing strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations with large corporations, in-house counsel, and other legal trade associations. Through these efforts, NAMWOLF helps empower and raise the profile of law firms like Culhane Meadows that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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 firms such as Baker & McKenzie, Skadden Arps Jones Day, Greenberg Traurig, Kirkland & Ellis, Duane Morris, Reed Smith, DLA Piper, Dentons, Hunton & Williams, Alston & Bird, 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 law 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.