Orrick Abandons Traditional Partner Track

Law360, New York (July 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has revealed a new path to partnership that will filter junior attorneys into three separate, staggered tracks, shying away from the traditional lockstep that firms have embraced in the past in favor of a more tailored approach.

On Wednesday, the firm rolled out its self-dubbed “talent model,” explaining that associates will now be designated as partner track associates, career attorneys and legal team professionals, or custom track associates.

“The traditional associate lockstep staffing and compensation model is based upon outdated assumptions,"...
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