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Career Center Survey Results: Top Partners to Work for – Washington, D.C. (Part 1)

Reginald Brown of WilmerHale

Last week we brought you the top New York partners to work for (see here, here, and here), as nominated by our readers.  This week we head inside the Beltway to highlight the best partners to work for in Washington, D.C.

The following six partners work at some of the most prestigious law firms in the country: Foley & Lardner, WilmerHale, Akin Gump, Skadden, Covington & Burling, and Cleary Gottlieb. For more information about these firms generally, visit the Career Center.

Let’s learn what it takes to be a top partner in the nation’s capital….

Stephen Bent. Bent, a Foley & Lardner corporate partner, “[a]lways does high quality work and [is] willing to spend time to train associates.”

Reginald Brown. A litigation partner and vice-chair of WilmerHale’s Public Policy and Strategy Practice Group, Brown sets the bar for the firm in all survey categories. (Read Lat’s interview with Reg Brown over here.)

Paul Butler. An Akin Gump litigation partner, Butler received the highest ratings in nearly all survey categories, and is described by an associate as an “[a]mazing person and mentor.”

Mitchell Ettinger. Associates want to work for Ettinger, a litigation partner and co-chair of Skadden’s Government Enforcement Litigation Group, because “[o]n a busy case, he will do stuff other partners will dump on exhausted associates,” and “[h]e appreciates that you are not a machine, and gives you a break when you need it.”

Peter Flanagan. A Covington & Burling corporate partner, Flanagan “provides great feedback and mentoring [and] truly looks out for meaningful and interesting opportunities for associates.”

David Gelfand. What makes Gelfand, an antitrust partner at Cleary Gottlieb, one of the best is that he “has a laid-back attitude and gives young associates as much responsibility as they show they are capable of handling,” and is a “great mentor, and very respectful of personal and other work commitments.”  In addition, he is “a lot of fun to work with, which makes the hours go by faster.

Tomorrow we will present the next six Washington, D.C. partners with whom associates enjoy working. If you feel you are at a firm where the partners don’t quite measure up and you are considering a transition, let Lateral Link help you make a lateral move.