Development & Training Program
Each associate who joins our team is paired with one or two supervising partners. The primary role of the supervising partner is to assist the associate in his or her day-to-day development as an attorney and as an associate at Barrett McNagny. This includes working with the associate on workload, work assignments, proper billing and timekeeping procedures, and a periodic review of the associate's yearly marketing plan. The supervising partner program is designed as a mentoring process that requires the associate and the supervising partner to communicate with each other on a regular basis regarding all aspects of the practice of law.
Barrett McNagny has an Associate Committee comprised of partners who oversee the associate program for the firm. This committee oversees the mentoring process for the associates, has regular meetings with associates, and oversees the performance review process of our associates.
Each associate is evaluated at least two times during the year. A formal year-end evaluation is undertaken by the Associate Committee in December with his or her mentoring partner and a member of the Associate Committee. Each associate is given a summary of his or her year-end evaluation. A less formal mid-year evaluation occurs in July or August.
Associates collectively meet with members of the Associate Committee and other partners to discuss various business development-related issues and topics. While the Associate Committee is primarily responsible for developing the agenda for each meeting, associates are encouraged to recommend topics that may be of particular interest.
Associates are eligible for partnership after completing eight full calendar years of credited service. Partnership decisions are made by the full partnership upon recommendation from the firm's Executive Committee and are based upon a variety of factors including quality of legal work, productivity, business development ability, and personal character.
The firm assists the associates in complying with continuing legal education requirements by underwriting the costs to attend seminars. The firm also maintains a law library with both print and online accessibility, online research capabilities, subscription services, and other legal educational materials.
Barrett McNagny believes in supporting a balanced quality of life for our attorneys. We value and recognize the importance of professional, community, and family priorities.
Marketing Development and Training
We encourage Barrett McNagny's associates to participate in firm-wide marketing activities and to attend firm-sponsored events. Our associates formulate and update an individual marketing plan with the assistance of our full-time marketing director. Associates are encouraged to become actively involved in the community through civic and nonprofit organizations. In addition to serving the community, civic involvement can assist associates in cultivating relationships and the skills and contacts necessary to produce business.
Associates are invited to attend regularly scheduled business development luncheons. These luncheons provide valuable insight into various client service and business development issues as well as allow associates to ask marketing-related questions. These luncheons are also used to provide associates with the information or skills needed to contribute positively to the firm's business development and client retention efforts. In addition, associates participate in practice area-specific marketing groups to assist them in marketing their particular practice area.
Barrett McNagny also encourages hiring quality attorneys with varying years of legal experience to meet and augment needs of the firm. Credit towards years of service for partnership track purposes may be given. Laterals are encouraged to submit inquiries about possible employment opportunities to our Recruiting Coordinator, Jennifer Reese. Such inquiries are always treated with the utmost confidentiality.