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 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. We actively encourage work on pro bono cases, and there is no cap on pro bono hours here. 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.
In addition, we also offer formal training that we have been able to establish through fruitful relationships with the San Francisco Public Defender and District Attorney. Keker, Van Nest & Peters attorneys spend three to four months working in those offices, during which time they handle misdemeanor trials. Partner Gene Paige, who spent three months as an associate trying nine cases for the DA's office, says of his experience, "There is nothing more valuable to young lawyers than the chance to get on their feet in front of a jury as a first chair at trial. Working in the DA's office helped me develop practical knowledge of how trials actually work and how jurors really think."