General Firm Description
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises the world’s leading corporations, investment funds and financial institutions on their most critical legal needs and business opportunities. The firm’s more than 650 lawyers are based in North America, the UK and Europe.
Information about Firm Culture
Our People Come First
Our people are our greatest asset. That’s why we strive to attract, develop, promote and retain top talent. As a close-knit firm, we value transparency because we believe it facilitates trust and collaboration among our lawyers and business services professionals. We believe our firm’s success is only possible through the success of our people. We offer competitive benefits and wellness initiatives to support the professional and personal development of everyone at the firm.
A Small Big Firm
We work with big clients on big matters, yet we are small enough to all know each other well. We are driven by our continued commitment to serve our clients on their most difficult and complex matters. As an elite Wall Street firm, we trace our history back to the turn of the 20th century. We take pride in our work and believe in maintaining a welcoming and supportive culture and workplace. That’s the small, big firm way.
Diverse and Inclusive Perspectives
To us, inclusion is about leveraging the knowledge, insight and capabilities of talented individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, for the benefit of both our clients and the firm. We believe in bringing a multicultural perspective to global business challenges. By putting the pieces in place to create a stimulating, open-minded and progressive environment, we respect and build on the strengths and potential of everyone at the firm.
At Fried Frank, you’ll be encouraged to discover your own career path. Our educational programs are designed to give you tools and skills that will serve you well throughout your career. And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to use those skills, as you’ll be immersed in active matters from your first day.
Fried Frank University is the firm’s rigorous professional development institute. The initial phase of FF University helps recent law school graduates successfully transition from academia to the practice of law, and acquaints newcomers with the firm’s culture and business practices. The second phase is held in the spring and reunites the class for workshops on accounting, writing and other areas. The FF University Graduate program is for third-year associates and facilitates the transition from junior to midlevel associate. Negotiation, management, delegation, business development and feedback are some of the topics covered. The FF University Post-Graduate curriculum focuses on providing senior associates with the skills they need to become effective client relationship developers and managers and includes sessions on client service, networking and business development.
Attorneys at all levels also participate in substantive training programs focused on their chosen areas of practice. These regular sessions are organized and led by the firm’s practice groups.
Information Regarding Benefits
The benefits of being a Fried Frank associate are comprehensive, generous and highly competitive.
- Associates are allowed four weeks of vacation per year.
- Our primary benefits package includes a 401(k)/Roth 401(k) plan; medical, dental, vision, life, accidental death and disability insurance; domestic partner benefits; and an employee assistance program.
- Other benefits offered include private banking services, a flexible healthcare spending plan, discounted health club memberships, a pre-tax transportation plan and discounted long-term care.
- Our parental leave policy provides generous paid maternity and paternity leaves; additional parental leave is available through the use of accrued vacation time and/or unpaid leave.
- To ease some of the tensions created by childcare and adult/eldercare emergencies, we have arrangements with back-up childcare and adult/eldercare providers, which offer in-home care options, as well as center-based care for children, when regular care arrangements are disrupted.
Fried Frank’s Wellness Program: Living Well
Fried Frank is committed to the wellness of both its attorneys and business services professionals. The firm’s wellness program, Living Well at Fried Frank, offers numerous resources, events and firmwide initiatives aimed at boosting employee wellbeing. The Living Well program is organized around three key aspects of wellness—mind (mental health), body (fitness and nutrition) and self (work-life integration)—and the firm is committed to providing support to every member of the Fried Frank community.
The firm offers 24/7 access to professional counseling—provided by Corporate Counseling Associates, Inc (CCA) and Unum Lifeworks—discounted gym memberships, backup childcare and alternative work arrangement policies. Fried Frank also regularly hosts on-site confidential counselors, who are available to discuss several wellness-related topics and help identify outside resources to address ongoing wellness needs. Wellness seminars and trainings are integrated into the firm’s professional development programming for both attorneys and business services professionals.
Living Well at Fried Frank is driven by the Fried Frank community and seeks to cultivate a positive firmwide conversation about wellness in the workplace by serving as a central repository of well-being resources and information for the Fried Frank community. Many of the firm’s wellness programs and activities have been initiated by Fried Frank attorneys themselves – from partners to first-year associates. A sampling of activities includes: “Fit Club,” an eight-week fitness challenge; sports teams (softball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, tennis); meditation sessions; and annual participation in several corporate challenges and charitable events, such as the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge, Lawyers Have Heart and the NYC AIDS Walk.
Office and HQ Locations: New York (HQ), Washington, DC, London, Frankfurt and Brussels