Culture

Every firm claims to be unique, citing high-profile challenging work, talented lawyers, and an impressive roster of clients. We have all of those. But we also have a familial, friendly, and irreverent culture, a killer holiday party, a wildly creative Halloween costume contest, a yearly firmwide softball game with more trash-talk than skill, and people who will always believe in the San Francisco Giants. What we don’t have is a mission statement about collegiality. Instead, we live it.

When you work with attorneys who admire and respect one another, with people who truly love what they do, you do your part to maintain that culture. We have attorney lunches twice per week, not to talk to business, but to share a laugh and a meal as friends. Or you might find us winding along the Bay Area’s hiking paths and bike trails, catching a concert at the Masonic, getting inspired at SFMoMa, cheering on the sidelines at our kids’ sporting events, or playing fetch with our dogs at Crissy Field. And we love our office space almost as much as our city. Our office, in the historic Jackson Square district of San Francisco, features brick and timber architecture, an eclectic modern art collection, and an open door policy. We are the attorneys clients call in a crisis, in part because we are a close-knit team. We celebrate our trial wins together with champagne toasts, war stories, and kudos, lots of kudos.

We’ve heard there are law firms that make you fight to take on a pro bono case. We’d rather you save your fight for the courtroom. Your pro bono clients are as welcome as you are, and we actively encourage work on pro bono cases. The firm commits to spending five percent of our annual billable time on pro bono work, and we often exceed that threshold.

We are also deeply committed to serving our Bay Area community, and more than 70 percent of our lawyers volunteer significant time or serve on boards for more than 85 local organizations. From the ACLU of Northern California, to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, to One Justice, to Bay Area Legal Aid, our lawyers are making an impact. During the past three years, our firm has also donated more than $500,000 to Bay Area organizations providing direct legal services to people in need.

 

Staff Contact

Holly Saydah

(415) 773-6649
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