Looking for a Better Way to Practice Law?
At Culhane Meadows, we are transforming Big Law into Smart Law by actively assembling a team of highly-experienced lateral partners from some of the most well-known law firms and most sophisticated corporate legal departments in the world. Learn more about our novel approach to delivering legal services in this recent case study about Culhane Meadows in ILTA’s Peer-to-Peer magazine: “Turning the Conventional Law Firm Structure on its Head”
Our objective is to maintain a business model that eliminates unnecessary overhead associated with traditional law firms—while providing our partners with a better and more collaborative way to practice law.
Culhane Meadows’ innovative business platform does away with extravagant office space, expensive artwork, marble columns and other overhead expenses that offer little or no value to our clients. Each of our attorneys is a partner-level attorney (i.e., at least 8 yrs of practice experience) and we do not employ associate attorneys who need training on the client’s dime. We are committed to recruiting and retaining the best of the best lawyers in America, regardless of their gender, race or creed. 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). As of October 1, 2017, 60% of our managers and over 40% of our total attorneys are women. We are proud to be a national leader in promoting women within the legal marketplace and creating a better way to practice law.
The result is that Culhane Meadows’ culture is easily distinguished from that of traditional law firms and results in more fulfilled lawyers and satisfied clients. Here are just some of the highlights that set us apart:
• The firm has no minimum billable quotas that create inherent and often-ignored conflict between a client’s needs and a law firm’s financial demands.
• Our partners have freedom and flexibility to work from any physical locations that suit the partner and his/her clients’ needs.
• We use a completely transparent and objective compensation formula that eliminates office politics and management bureaucracy and puts more take-home compensation in our partners’ pockets.
Before joining us, our partners have established themselves with track records of professional and financial success at global law firms (i.e., AmLaw 200) or as in-house counsel or executives at leading companies. Accordingly, we view our partners as outstanding professionals who deserve freedom and flexibility in operating their practices in ways that would be infeasible at traditional law firms. For example, Culhane Meadows eliminates office politics and the inherent bureaucracy associated with the discretionary compensation formulas of traditional law firms. Instead, we embrace a predictable, simple, and objective formula to calculate attorney compensation that results in our partners instantly retaining significantly more of their billable revenue.
Our low-overhead approach guarantees that a substantial amount of fees collected are distributed directly to the attorneys who originated and/or worked on the client matter. Culhane Meadows’ transparent compensation system is far more favorable to our partners than the complex, secretive and discretionary formulas used at high-overhead traditional law firms. The result is that our partners typically receive much higher take-home compensation than they would receive for performing identical billable hours in a traditional law firm.
If you are an attorney who shares our core values and has a solid educational background with at least 8-10 years of practice experience—the majority of which should be from a Am Law 200 law firm or a senior role in a large in-house legal department—we welcome the opportunity to discuss your interest in a lateral move to Culhane Meadows. To get started, click on the big red button to the right!