Careers: Associates

Gould & Ratner is focused on building the next generation of leaders in law. Attorneys who come to Gould & Ratner stay at Gould & Ratner – providing continuity of service from generation to generation. Our associates have the opportunity to work in a professional, challenging and collegial midsized firm environment. Because of the diverse nature of our clients, our associates gain exposure to sophisticated transactions, complex litigation and intricate estate/wealth management planning, among other areas.

Like the individuals and businesses we represent, our lawyers are skilled in a number of technical disciplines, have an entrepreneurial focus, adapt quickly to changing market conditions and provide excellent client service and value.

Life as a New Associate at Gould & Ratner

Meet the team

We encourage our new associates to participate in attorney lunches and practice meetings to get to know your colleagues and find out more about Gould & Ratner and its practice areas. These meetings are also a great opportunity to talk to our lawyers about your experience and to promote cross-selling across our various practice areas.

Outreach

We use email marketing, news releases and social media to inform our clients and friends of the firm about your arrival. Associates are also encouraged to provide our Marketing and Business Development team with clients and contacts you want integrated into our CRM and to receive the news about your recent move.

Get-to-Know-You Activities

Making new attorneys feel welcome and included is an important part of our firm culture. Beyond getting to know the other attorneys in your practice, Gould & Ratner also invites associates to monthly “Lets GRab Lunch” small-group outings with other attorneys, paralegals and staff, as well as offers opportunities to participate in firm initiatives involving recruiting, marketing and professional development for associates. Associates also can participate – and even lead – activities that focus on social and business networking events, some specifically targeting opportunities for women lawyers, along with other programming promoting diversity and inclusion at the firm.

Mentorship and Professional Development

Our partners see the value of both formal and informal mentorship at every stage of an associate’s career. We provide our associates with the training resources needed to learn their craft on the pathway to partnership, as well as the advice and counsel to become distinguished providers of top-notch client service. Additionally, the firm’s Director of Professional Development acts as guide, instructor and sounding board for associates.

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Summer Associate Program

Our 10-week summer associate program is geared toward forward-thinking, business-focused law students looking to explore different areas of legal practice through mentorship, shadowing and training. Our small group of summer associates has the opportunity to experience a wide range of practice areas, including corporate, litigation, real estate and tax. To help them gain valuable, career launching experience, summer associates are connected with associate and partner mentors to guide them through the program, introduce them to different practice areas, cases and transactions and provide helpful feedback.

Throughout their time spent at Gould & Ratner, our summer associates will be fully engaged in our firm community, attending events organized by the firm’s Inclusion Committee and GROW (Gould & Ratner Opportunities for Women), working alongside our attorneys in pro bono matters and volunteering on community service initiatives. We make sure our summer associates experience what we love so much about working at Gould & Ratner. Students will participate in social activities ranging from attorney and firm outings, to client events and informal Lets GRab Lunches and happy hours. *Please note that our summer associate interviews have concluded for Summer 2022. We will be back on campus again next year!

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My summer associate experience at Gould & Ratner was invaluable! I am so grateful for the connections I made and found everyone at the firm to be very welcoming and truly invested in fostering professional development and crafting a great summer associate experience.

Maya Palmer, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Firm Culture

Gould & Ratner prides itself on our collegial and interconnected firm culture. We value an open-door policy, collaboration, inclusiveness and giving back to our community. Our attorneys, paralegals and staff enjoy the benefits of a friendly and flexible workplace with a focus on teamwork. We believe it's important to enjoy being at work, which is a big reason why we moved to new office space to provide more opportunities for creative collaboration and socialization.

However, the coronavirus pandemic also taught us that our bonds as a firm go beyond our formal offices, allowing for complete flexibility and productivity wherever we are. To that end, we allow for a flexible in-office work policy that currently doesn’t mandate in-office attendance more than 2-3 days per week (and sometimes less, if needed).

Diversity & Inclusion

At Gould & Ratner, we value and respect the collective diversity of experiences and perspectives among our employees, clients and communities. We recognize that diversity encompasses a broad range of characteristics including race, age, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, veteran’s status and disability. We strive to maintain a work environment where every individual is appreciated and rewarded on the basis of personal contributions to the organization. Learn more about our firm diversity and inclusion initiatives here.

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What Sets Gould & Ratner Apart

"Given our size, we can offer associates direct client contact almost from the first day they start at Gould & Ratner. And we invest in their legal training at every level, as well as offering resources and support in marketing, business development, professional development and mentoring that many firms our size don’t.”

Joe Marzo, Hiring Partner, Gould & Ratner

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What Sets Gould & Ratner Apart

"We tailor professional development to fit the needs of each associate: One size definitely doesn’t fit all. Professional development here can vary from improving time management and communication skills to leadership development and instruction about the business side of the firm."

Julie Hanusa, Director of Professional Development, Gould & Ratner

Why I Chose Gould & Ratner

Supporting My Professional Growth

Associate
Litigation

I began my career at Gould & Ratner after my first year of law school as a law clerk, eager to learn but unsure as to exactly what direction I wanted my legal career to take upon graduation. Within one summer at Gould & Ratner, not only did I find and learn about my desired practice area, but I also discovered how important the culture of a firm was to me. Even as a law clerk, Gould & Ratner embraced me as one of their own, providing me with ample hands on opportunities to learn and grow my skill set, and involved me in various firm events where I got to know the Gould & Ratner family. Together, the collegial environment of Gould & Ratner and the genuine interest that everyone at Gould & Ratner took in my professional growth over the two years that I was a law clerk made the decision to join the firm as an associate upon graduation an easy one.

Now, almost seven years later, I can confidently say that Gould & Ratner remains the right choice for me. From the welcoming feeling that I get whenever I walk into a partner’s office to discuss a matter, to the investment the firm has made in my professional development, to the lasting relationships that I have formed with members of the firm, Gould & Ratner has exceeded my expectations and remained true to the culture that was depicted to me at my very first interview.

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Seeking An Opportunity That Would Challenge Me

Associate
Corporate

I joined Gould & Ratner because I was seeking an opportunity that would challenge me, expand my legal practice and provide me with exposure to complex transactions. I was pleasantly surprised when I joined as a lateral hire, as I was immediately exposed to a broad range of industries and legal issues. Our corporate practice in particular is committed to training attorneys to see all angles of transactions and act as business advisors. We are encouraged to think “outside-the-box” to provide creative solutions for our clients.

Gould & Ratner has also provided me with incredible and dedicated mentors who are invested in the professional development and growth of their associates. The firm supports and provides resources to its associates to develop expertise in specialty areas of interest. The culture at Gould & Ratner promotes a collegial atmosphere and comradery amongst colleagues, which makes the firm a truly unique place.

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Benefits

Gould & Ratner strives to offer a comprehensive benefit package to help you make the most of your career and your life, which includes:

  • Hybrid Remote Schedule/Work From Home
  • Health Insurance (PPO, HMO)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • Health Reimbursement Account and Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident and Critical Health Insurance
  • Pre-Tax Commuter and Public Transit Program
  • Wellness Programs and Activities
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Vacation and Paid Time Off
  • 401(k) Plan
  • 24/7 Telemedicine Service
  • Complimentary Access to Onsite Fitness Center
  • Career-Related Fees (Bar Memberships, Exams, Licenses, etc.)
  • Dress for Your Day Attire, Including Jeans Every Day

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Available Associate Positions

Corporate Associate

Gould & Ratner LLP has an immediate opportunity available for a Corporate Associate with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and general corporate work such as contract drafting and advising clients in other general business matters. Specific transactional experience and familiarity with technology transactions and/or private equity and venture capital is a plus. Qualified candidates can look forward to a practice that will include handling all aspects of complex transactions for clients of all sizes and across industries. Please send your cover letter and resume to Laura Sears, Chief Administrative Officer at lsears@gouldratner.com.

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