Some time ago, we received this interesting tip, about WilmerHale (in D.C.):
WH continues to go downhill. Why is it that no one ever seems to write or care about this?
I’m an associate and treated fairly well. But the support staff receives brutal treatment. I heard that one of our HR people who almost died of cancer this spring was told that the firm couldn’t accommodate her disability because it didn’t make “good business sense.” She has been here for 13 years, [with] excellent evaluations, and has been fighting for her life. Now she has to fight for her job when her doctor says she still is disabled. She [was] given six weeks by our Chief Human Resources Officer to come back full-time. After one week she was demoted and given no particular reason why.
It won’t be long before they treat the rest of us the same way. By the way, lawyers and staff alike continue to leave in droves. Does anyone care that a Washington institution has crumbled into hubris and greed?
The firm did not respond to our inquiry into this item. If you have more info, feel free to email us.
A little more about WilmerHale, including some happy news, after the jump.
The tip reminded us of this comment (from a fall recruiting open thread):
WilmerHale is still experiencing merger issues and culture clashes. The real problem is that management doesn’t do anything to mitigate the issues. It’s also true there are great practice groups you can get into and insulate yourself (I’m in one). The problem is that management seems to be leaving merger issues to attrition – which, in this case, is not healthy. WH is all about the money! Its integrity has suffered immensely.
But look, it’s not all gloom and doom at WH. The firm is opening a Los Angeles office, to be led by the well-pedigreed Randall Lee (Yale, Boalt Hall, D.C. Circuit clerkship (Buckley), Munger Tolles, Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s office, SEC (regional director)). Exciting!
Update: More about WilmerHale over here.
WilmerHale Nets SEC Honcho for L.A. Foray [The Recorder]
The SEC’s Randall Lee Joins WilmerHale [WSJ Law Blog]