Why I Chose Fried Frank

Why I Chose Fried Frank

Fried Frank is making big strides in the legal arena. It is unsurprising given their focus on individuals with entrepreneurial spirit, energy and enthusiasm. Add to that the caliber of individuals here, who are both talented and extremely collegiate, which demonstrates the excellence Fried Frank strives to provides to both its employees and clients.
As a Senior Associate, I was initially interested in Fried Frank because of the outstanding reputation of the Asset Management team in the UK and the US and the opportunities that arose with the addition of the London office. However, the determining factor for me was the people I met during the interview stage. The team in London combine the most impressive technical skills, down-to-earth attitude and amazing sense of humor. The atmosphere in the office is truly unique and I feel very fortunate to be part of it.
  • Marina Besignano
  • Associate
  • BPP Law School Graduate Diploma in Law (2007), BPP Law School Legal Practice Course (2008)
Fried Frank is an excellent place for women, which was a key factor in my selecting it. It doesn’t merely treat women equally; it proactively addresses the issues unique to women in the workplace. I had two children before becoming partner. I was the first corporate associate to work part-time, and we mostly made up the rules as we went along because there were no policies in place then. This was uncharted territory among big law firms. I credit the Firm for its flexibility in allowing me to dramatically change my work schedule and shift my practice area in a way that helped me balance the demands of home and work. In the end I have a great family and a great career to show for it.
At Fried Frank everyone is a true individual. Cookie-cutter people do not exist here. Our unique personalities come together in a collective spirit – you don't have to dress, look or sound just like your neighbor. That spirit pervades all of the Firm's offices.
I was attracted to Fried Frank, first and foremost, because of the people working here. I appreciate their skills as lawyers as well as the professional and friendly manner in which they carry out their work. My favorite aspect of life at Fried Frank is the ability to come into work every day and be constantly challenged with new experiences.
  • Patrick Greeley
  • Special Counsel
  • London School of Economics (LLM, 2007); Columbia Law School (JD, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 2008)
When considering a move to the London office as an associate, I was impressed by the firm's ambition and commitment to delivering a product that we could all stand behind and be proud of. For me, these inclusive qualities made Fried Frank a firm to come to for a career and not just a job.
  • Karen Henderson
  • Associate
  • University of Aberdeen, Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, 2011
While Fried Frank is a firm that allows you a tremendous level of independence, it also nurtures you. People here are incredibly supportive. And while the lawyers are consistent in their support, they are considerably different in their personalities. We have varying interests, styles and backgrounds, and this diversity drives the Firm’s culture and makes it an interesting place to work. When I was interviewing as a law student, I found that the lawyers at some of the other firms often came across as uniform, and the culture of those firms didn’t seem to prize individuality. Fried Frank lawyers distinguished themselves in that they each had a unique story and a distinct perspective on legal practice and law firm life, and in their outside interests.
  • Gary L. Kaplan
  • Partner
  • Rutgers University School of Law (JD, with honors, 1997)
I enjoy the challenge and the variety of the work on offer. The linear structure allows you to have a high level of client contact and plenty of responsibility regardless of age and/or experience. This is a firm where every team member is important and is valued.
The challenges of the work are unique and ever-changing. I don't do the same thing day in and day out. I also appreciate the diversity among the lawyers here. Individuality and differences are genuinely respected, and quirkiness genuinely embraced. The fact that radically different personalities not only coexist peacefully, but actively engage with one another, was appealing to me.
I was intent on choosing a firm that offered top-notch, fascinating work that would maintain my intellectual curiosity. I also wanted to work with interesting and bright people whom I enjoyed. Throughout the recruitment and interviewing process I felt a great sense of camaraderie among Fried Frank lawyers, and this community-minded spirit weighed heavily in my ultimate decision to come to Fried Frank.
I was attracted to Fried Frank because of the Firm’s global reputation and its expansion plans within the UK. I was particularly impressed with the amount of client contact which is entrusted to junior associates and the development opportunities.
  • Alyss Mantel
  • Associate
  • BPP University Law School, LPC, 2011
I was attracted to Fried Frank because of the Firm’s ambition to grow its presence in Europe and the significant responsibility and development opportunities awarded to associates from day one.
  • Matthew Martindale
  • Associate
  • BPP Law School, LPC (2012), BPP Business School, MBA (2015)