Contact — Adam Harris
What makes Schulte the special place it is?
Schulte is a true partnership, not a group of individual partners who just happen to operate under a common brand name. This distinction is something that we think is extraordinarily important because in being a true partnership, everybody understands that they have a common goal, a common set of expectations of performance from one another — that there is an understanding and appreciation that we are all in this together and that in order to be successful we all need to help each other out. We all need to look out for one another and we all need to contribute to the overriding success of the firm as a whole.
Why does “true partnership” matter?
In a firm with a true partnership, people really do want to pitch in and are always available to do what’s necessary to service the client for the benefit of the entirety of the firm. It’s not a siloed approach where each practice group has its own clients. Everybody here has firm clients, so that from a client’s prospective this is one-stop shopping. At Schulte, clients can rely on their point of contact, whoever it might be, to make sure that they are getting the services they need regardless of what expertise it is that might be necessary in any given instance.
Getting things done … is that what it takes to advance at Schulte?
Everybody who’s here is very smart. Everybody who’s here is capable of doing what is asked of them. The key to having both a successful career and a rewarding career is putting yourself in a position where you care about what you are doing, where you’re enthusiastic about it and you’re not just sitting in your office doing what people ask of you, finishing up a project then waiting for the next one to come. Put yourself out there and be willing to really get deeply involved in the matters you are working on. This shows the others you are working with that you care about what’s going on here and that you care about yourself as a professional in development. In return, people will give you more responsibility, they will take more interest in you because they do think you care and you want to improve yourself and better yourself. Your brains you already come with. Associates who have successful and rewarding careers have a willingness to really engage and throw themselves into something that can be scary, difficult, and sometimes has a value that is not immediately apparent, but they do it — they get to it, they move through it and they progress that way.
How is success measured at Schulte?
The industry is such now that everybody who comes in as a first year associate is not going to become a partner in eight to ten years. The question is, during the period of time associates are with a law firm, are they getting as much out of it as the firm is. Schulte is focused on having that answer be “Yes;” that time here is well spent. Through our career development and education programs for substantive areas of the law, as well as for overall business development, and the commitment of partners to mentoring-type projects, we are demonstrating that we really care about associates as individuals, as developing lawyers, as people who will ultimately, hopefully, be quite successful — whether they’re here or somewhere else.