Carter Ledyard successfully combines a sophisticated, full-service Wall Street legal practice with a collaborative environment where friendliness and professionalism are compatible. We have a diverse and international clientele, with substantial portions of the firm’s matters coming from overseas-based clients and their U.S. affiliates, financial institutions and other financial services providers, governmental entities, industrial and technology companies and affluent individuals and families. Our international focus is exemplified by our commitment to provide a Gateway to America® for our foreign clients. Our association with the Meritas® and Legalink legal networks provides us with access to capable and knowledgeable colleagues in the U.S. and around the world and allows us to assist those colleagues with their New York based matters.
Lawyers like working at Carter Ledyard because of our manageable size (approximately 90 attorneys), associates and partners willing to support other attorneys’ matters, competitive billing rates and active integration of lateral attorneys into firm life. The Carter Ledyard difference is perhaps best expressed by some of our colleagues who have come to us from other firms or through our summer associate program:
“When I joined Carter Ledyard in August 2017, I had known them throughout my career as a highly capable and collegial firm with a distinguished history and strong practices in the areas in which I have primarily concentrated, namely, litigation and trusts and estates. My experience has confirmed the excellence of the lawyers here and the courtesy and respect they have for one another. I have also come to know the breadth and strength of the firm’s practice areas such as real estate and corporate with which I had not been previously familiar but with which I have enjoyed working. It has also been a pleasure to learn of the loyalty and affection for the firm that so many clients have expressed to me.” Charles G. Berry, Litigation Partner
The CL&M summer associate program provided tremendous insight into the firm’s many strengths. The depth and breadth of work experience I was able to amass in one summer was truly incredible. I conducted due diligence efforts for a private offering, testified before the New York City council on behalf of an environmental client, helped research and author client advisories on investment adviser and broker-dealer regulatory matters and assisted in drafting an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court that was cited by Justice Kennedy. Now, as a full-time corporate associate at the firm, CL&M has lived up to and exceeded the expectations that were set in the summer of 2015. The full-service practice areas and associate to partner ratio foster a collegial atmosphere that makes all associates feel welcome while incentivizing them to work hard to achieve professional goals. Brielle E. Kilmartin, Associate
“I accepted a position at Carter Ledyard & Milburn because of its strong reputation as a mid-sized firm with a well-established Trusts and Estates practice, collegial atmosphere, work-life balance, and emphasis on quality work product. In working here, I have been delighted to discover that CL&M more than lives up to its reputation.” Lateral Associate
“In a legal market increasingly comprised of large “Big Law” firms and small“boutique” firms, Carter Ledyard stands unique as a truly well-established mid-size law firm. Carter Ledyard provides much of the stability, resources and professionalism traditionally found in a large firm, while also offering young associates the autonomy and substantive work associated with a small law firm. I am constantly learning from experienced partners and counsel who encourage associates to take on new responsibilities. The matters I work on are interesting and diverse. I am encouraged to develop relationships with clients and often work directly with them Carter Ledyard lives up to its billing as a true mid-size law firm offering a great culture and quality of life.” Lateral Associate
We encourage our attorneys to develop broad legal practice capabilities. These capabilities are enhanced and sharpened in specific practice areas by considerable in-house training, mentorship and significant involvement in all aspects of transactions and cases, all beginning in an attorney’s first year with the firm.
We believe that an attorney’s legal education is an ongoing process which extends for his or her entire career. We devote substantial resources to training associates, including encouraging attendance at our ongoing program of accredited in-house continuing legal education classes and specialized external continuing legal education courses. The firm also conducts departmental training programs designed specifically to educate young lawyers in the practice areas and skills not comprehensively addressed in law school and to further the education of associates of all levels in the skills most beneficial to their practice.
Staffing and handling of client matters sets us apart from other elite firms in New York. Each lawyer is expected to assume considerable responsibility early on in his or her career, and our size and structure encourage associates to take on additional responsibility as soon as they are ready. Matters normally are staffed by small working groups, with associates reporting directly to the partner supervising the matter. Junior associates work very closely with partners and counsel, resulting in direct and meaningful participation in all aspects of the case or transaction, the opportunity to assume considerable responsibility for advanced work early on in their careers and significant contact with clients and adversaries. As an intentional by-product of this approach, associates receive meaningful and practical on-the-job training, mentoring and feedback.
Additionally, each associate is paired with a partner or counsel mentor, and junior associates also are paired with an associate mentor. Our mentors provide guidance and are additional resource to help associates learn and develop as lawyers.
Carter Ledyard encourages our attorneys’ marketing and practice development efforts. We assist our associates with developing and implementing their own marketing strategies, both through the support of our marking department and, if requested, assigned partner/counsel marketing mentors. We recognize that practice development is a career long endeavor and that assisting our associates in developing their marketing skills brings both individual and firm-wide benefits.
We are a lawyer-managed firm, and our attorneys participate in a wide variety of firm management committees and activities. Our associates also serve on committees, including our associate development and diversity committees, where their input is sought and valued. Over the years, many associate suggestions on matters of firm administration and associate life have been implemented. This is part of our commitment to provide the type of positive and collaborative working environment which many firms say they offer but do not deliver.
Attorneys who succeed at Carter Ledyard are those who are sincerely interested in our practices, size and culture and who thrive in a creative and friendly atmosphere, work well both independently and as members of a team and, for junior attorneys, want to assume considerable responsibility early on in their careers with a view toward a long-term association with the firm.
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