The Mid-Market Report Talks with Frank Sheppard about What Sets Rumberger Apart from Other Firms
Key to the Future at Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell? Send Associates to 'College’
Published in The Mid-Market Report, February 21, 2019
In the article, Managing Partner Frank Sheppard discusses opportunities and threats facing mid-sized firms, and fostering the next generation of legal talent.
“As clients continue to look for increased efficiency, Rumberger’s focus on litigation management presents an opportunity for us to exceed expectations with superior service,” he shares. He points to the firm’s depth of experience and high-caliber attorneys, along with an established systems and processes that set the firm apart.
“At the same time, the legal market presents threats in that it is highly saturated with lawyers and the demand for legal services in recent years has been relatively flat. Middle-market law firms face challenges from companies who are willing to pay the high price tags of ‘big law’ firms, and, in turn, have at times overlooked the opportunities mid-market firms offer,” Sheppard continued.
In discussing attracting and retaining young lawyers, Sheppard describes the firm’s Associate College program, which is specifically designed to train associates to become well-rounded litigators with command of managing their own cases through all phases of litigation, managing client relationships, as well as marketing and business development.
In addition, as part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to maintain the highest standards of professionalism among its attorneys, the firm appointed a director of professionalism, career and skill development. “Unlike many other firms that relegate career development to human resources, Rumberger made a bold choice to appoint a prominent trial attorney with more than 40 years of litigation experience, formerly with a major national firm, to this unique position,” Sheppard explains. “He works directly with the associates and mentors them in skill attainment, building a brand, discovering their passion and achieving success in all facets of their development.”
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