Work/life and Benefits

Reed Smith DogMost firms offer a suite of fairly standard benefits, like the 401(k) retirement plan, contributions to health and dental plans, and subsidized gym membership. Most also offer reduced or part time schedules of some description, usually for associates who’ve been with the firm for at least a certain period of time. Some of the more unusual or less frequent benefits on offer include pet insurance (Milbank); on-site massage therapy (Hogan Lovells, Alston & Bird); smoking cessation reimbursement (Brown Rudnick, Alston & Bird); transgender benefits (Perkins Coie, Winston & Strawn); free private banking (Milbank); rooftop bocce (Venable); a St. Patrick’s Day party (Gibbons and Greenberg); and a resident dog called Edie pictured left (Reed Smith). 

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 Vacation

 

Flexible work

arrangements

Paid maternity

 

Paid paternity

 

Adoption or

surrogacy fees

Retirement

plan

Medical and

dental plans

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 4 weeks Reduced Workload Policy 18 weeks 4 weeks Yes, adoption only Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Allen & Overy LLP 4 weeks Considered in certain circumstances 18 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary caregiver 18 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary caregiver NO Yes, 401K Medical, dental, vision contributory
Alston & Bird LLP Discretionary Alternative Career Path 18 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks non-primary caregiver 18 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks non-primary caregiver Up to $10,000 reimbursement for adoption Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes, contributory
Arnold & Porter LLP Unlimited Reduced hours schedule and part-time available 18 weeks 6 weeks Up to $10,000   Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP 4 weeks Considered in certain circumstances 18 weeks 2 weeks   NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Baker & McKenzie Discretionary Case by case basis 18 weeks primary caregiver, 6 weeks secondary caregiver 18 weeks primary caregiver, 6 weeks secondary caregiver Yes - generous Yes, contributory Yes, contributory
Baker Botts LLP 3 weeks   Yes 12 weeks 12 weeks NO Yes, 401K/IRA Yes, contributory
Bracewell LLP Unlimited Case by case basis 18 weeks primary caregiver 2 weeks for secondary caregiver NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Brown Rudnick LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 18 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP Unlimited Case by case basis 18 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 18 weeks (26 weeks maternity related disability) 4 weeks Undisclosed Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Chadbourne & Parke LLP 4 weeks  (5 floating days) Case by case basis 18 weeks primary caregiver, 12 weeks non-birth primary caregiver 12 weeks primary caregiver NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP 4 weeks Reduced schedules available 12 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks non-primary caregiver 12 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks non-primary caregiver NO Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes, contributory
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 4 weeks (5 weeks after four years' employment) Case by case basis 18 weeks primary caregiver 5 weeks secondary caregiver NO Yes, Tax Opportunity Plan for Saving Yes, contributory
Clifford Chance US LLP 4 weeks Undisclosed 18 weeks 8 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary caregiver NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Cooley LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 18 weeks primary caregiver 4 weeks secondary caregiver NO Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes, contributory
Cozen O'Connor Unlimited Reduced hours schedules 8 weeks + 6-8 weeks disability 8 weeks  NO Yes, 401K with profit sharing feature  Yes, contributory
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP 4 weeks Flexible full-time 18-20 weeks primary caregiver, 12 weeks secondary caregiver 12 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary caregiver NO but 12 weeks paid leave primary caregiver, 4 weeks paid leave secondary carer  Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Crowell & Moring LLP Unlimited Case by case basis 18 weeks 18 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks non primary caregiver NO Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes, contributory
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 12 weeks 2 weeks   NO Yes, 401K Yes
DLA Piper LLP (US) 4 weeks (5 weeks after five years' employment) Part-time, flexitime and telecommuting 18 weeks   10 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP 4 weeks Part-time available 18 weeks (plus 2 weeks pre birth leave) 10 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks non-primary caregiver NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 18 weeks   10 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks non-primary caregiver NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Dechert LLP Discretionary Flexible Work Solutions including ramp-up arrangements and reduced hours schedules 18 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K    Yes, contributory
Duane Morris LLP 4 weeks Part-time/flex-time policies 16 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, partial contributory
Dykema Gossett PLLC Unlimited Part-time available 12 weeks 6 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Epstein Becker & Green PC 4 weeks Alternative work schedules available 12 weeks 12 weeks   NO Yes, 401K    Yes
Fenwick & West LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 18 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP Undisclosed Alternative work arrangement policy 18 weeks 12 weeks NO Yes, 401K Dental plan, health and dental insurance
Fish & Richardson PC Discretionary Reduced hours arrangement 16 weeks primary caregiver 8 weeks paid + 4 weeks unpaid if secondary caregiver NO Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes, contributory
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto 4 weeks Case by case basis 12 weeks 2 weeks   Undisclosed Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Foley & Lardner LLP 3 weeks (less than 8 years), 4 weeks (more than 8 years) Flexible schedules 18 weeks for primary caregiver, 12 weeks for non-primary caregiver 10 weeks for primary caregiver, 4 weeks for non-primary caregiver $5,000 + 4 weeks parental leave + 6 weeks paid leave primary caregiver Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Fox Rothschild LLP 4 weeks Reduced hours schedules 12 weeks 2 weeks   No, but paid leave is provided Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 4 weeks   Part-time/fixed hours available 12 weeks (additional 12 weeks half salary for attorneys who have been with the firm for 15 months plus) 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Medical contributory, dental employer funded
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis (after two years) 18 weeks 10 weeks $15,000  Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Gibbons P.C. 3 weeks   Family-friendly schedule available 12 weeks 12 weeks Undisclosed Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Discretionary No 18 weeks primary caregiver 10 weeks primary caregiver NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Goodwin Procter LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 18 weeks 10 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary caregiver NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Goulston & Storrs 4 weeks Yes 8 weeks   8 weeks  Undisclosed Yes Yes
Greenberg Traurig, PA Undisclosed Yes Up 10 12 weeks Up to 6 weeks  NO Yes, 401K Yes
Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller 4 weeks Part-time available Covered under short term disability policy 2 weeks   NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP Unlimited Case by case basis 17 weeks primary caregivers, 3 weeks non primary caregivers 17 weeks primary caregivers, 3 weeks non primary caregivers NO Yes, 401K Yes
Haynes and Boone, LLP 2 weeks (less than two years), 3 weeks (three to six years), 4 weeks (more than seven years) Reduced hours schedule  (after 4 years employment) 12 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes Yes, contributory
Hogan Lovells Unlimited Reduced hours and flex-time 20 weeks  12 weeks primary caregiver, 6 weeks non-primary caregiver Up to $5,000 per child ($10,000 maximum) + up to 20 weeks paid paid leave for primary caregiver Yes Yes, contributory
Holland & Knight LLP 4 weeks Balanced Work/Life Policy 16 weeks 6 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 18 weeks 4 weeks   NO Yes, 401k Yes, contributory
Hunton & Williams LLP 4 weeks Flexible work program 18 weeks primary caregiver, 2 weeks secondary caregiver 18 weeks primary caregiver, 2 weeks secondary caregiver $5,000 per adoption Yes, 401K Yes, medical contributory, dental non contributory
Irell & Manella LLP 4 weeks Part-time available 18 weeks 4 weeks No but paid adoption and foster parent leave Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Jackson Walker LLP Discretionary Case by case basis 12 weeks Unofficial; arranged with department NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Jenner & Block LLP 3 weeks   Reduced hours available 18 weeks primary caregiver  6 weeks secondary caregiver NO but 1 week pre-adoption leave Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes, contributory
Jones Day 4 weeks Case by case basis 18 weeks paid, 6 unpaid 10 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary caregiver No but 18 weeks paid, 6 weeks unpaid for primary caregiver Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
K&L Gates 3-4 weeks   Balanced Hours Program 12 weeks 6 weeks NO Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes, contributory
Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 12 weeks 0 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Discretionary Reduced hours and flex-time 14 weeks 4 weeks NO but 14 weeks leave if primary caregiver Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes, contributory
Kaye Scholer LLP 4 weeks Flexible Work Policy ; case by case basis 18 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary 18 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 12 -14 weeks (6 weeks parental leave + 6-8 short term disability) 6 weeks NO Yes Yes, contributory
King & Spalding LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 18 weeks primary caregiver 18 weeks primary caregiver, 6 weeks primary caregiver NO Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes, contributory
Kirkland & Ellis LLP Discretionary Flexible Work Schedule 18 weeks 10 weeks NO Yes, 401K    Yes, contributory
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP 4 weeks No 18 weeks primary caregiver, 14 weeks secondary caregiver 10 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary caregiver NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Latham & Watkins LLP Discretionary Yes 18 weeks 4 weeks non primary caregiver No but 18 weeks paid leave primary caregiver Yes, 401K Yes
Linklaters 22 days Case by case basis 18 weeks primary caregiver 18 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary caregiver NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Lowenstein Sandler LLP Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP Discretionary Part-time available after 2 years 12 weeks 12 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Mayer Brown LLP Unlimited Yes 18 weeks 6 weeks NO Yes Yes, contributory
McGuireWoods LLP 3 weeks   Flex time policy 18 weeks 6 weeks Up to $5,000 Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP 4 weeks Yes 18 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, subsidized
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC 4 weeks Case by case basis 12 weeks 8 weeks  Undisclosed Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes, contributory
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 4 weeks Flexible work schedules 12 -16 weeks (based on individual circumstances) 12 -16 weeks (based on individual circumstances) No, but paid adoption leave Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Morrison & Foerster LLP 4 weeks Reduced hours and flex-time 18 weeks (+7 unpaid) 10 weeks (+2 unpaid) NO but paid adoption leave  Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes, contributory
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Discretionary No written policy 18 weeks primary caregiver 6 weeks secondary caregiver NO but paid adoption leave  Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Nixon Peabody LLP Discretionary Reduced hours and flex-time 10 weeks 4 weeks Yes   Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Norton Rose Fulbright 4 weeks (varies by market) Reduced hours and flex-time 14 weeks primary caregiver 4 weeks secondary caregiver Up to $7,500 per adoption Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP 4 weeks Reduced workload schedule after Parental or Extended Parental Leave of Absence 12 weeks (optional additional 4 or 12 weeks unpaid leave) 12 weeks (optional additional 4 or 12 weeks unpaid leave) NO but 12 weeks unpaid foster care leave Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes
O'Melveny & Myers LLP 3-4 weeks (depending on seniority and location) CustOMMize program including job share, reduced workload, flex-time and PhaseBack 18 weeks 6 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Unlimited Case by case basis after two years employment 22 weeks primary caregiver  4 weeks, non primary caregiver NO but paid adoption and surrogacy leave Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP 4 weeks Yes, subject to approval 18 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Paul Hastings LLP 4 weeks days (5 weeks after seven years' employment) No 18 weeks (8 weeks maternity + 6 weeks primary care leave + 4 weeks birthmothers child care leave) 10 weeks (6 weeks primary caregiver + 4 weeks child care leave) Undisclosed Yes, contributory, 401K Yes, contributory
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP 4 weeks Yes 18 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Pepper Hamilton LLP 4 weeks (+ 1 week carry-over if available) Yes (after two years) 18 weeks 6 weeks NO Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes, contributory
Perkins Coie LLP Unlimited Flex-time and reduced hours 18 weeks (or 14 weeks with 140 hours ramp up/ramp down) 4 weeks Up to $5,000 Yes, Salary Deferral Plan Yes
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 4 weeks Reduced hours schedules 12 weeks 6 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Proskauer Rose LLP 4 weeks Flex-Time program 18 weeks   4 weeks $5,000 Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Reed Smith LLP 3 weeks (0-3 years from law school) 4 weeks (4 years plus from law school) Reduced hours schedule    16 weeks 10 weeks NO Yes, 401k Yes, contributory
Ropes & Gray LLP 4 weeks Flex scheduling and reduced hours schedule 18 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP 5 weeks Case by case basis 18 weeks (+ 6 unpaid) 2 weeks NO Yes Yes, contributory
Sedgwick LLP Discretionary Undisclosed 16 weeks 3 weeks Undisclosed Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Seward & Kissel LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 12 weeks 2 weeks   NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Shearman & Sterling LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 18 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP Unlimited Flexible Work Arrangement (after two years) 15 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes
Sidley Austin LLP Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP 4 weeks Yes, including reduce hours 18 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes Yes
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates 4 weeks Flexible schedules and Flexible Return from Maternity 18 weeks primary caregiver,  4 weeks non-primary caregiver 12 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks non-primary caregiver NO but 12 weeks paid leave primary caregiver Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Snell & Wilmer LLP Unlimited Reduced work schedule; case by case basis 12 weeks 12 weeks Undisclosed Yes profit sharing Yes, contributory
Squire Patton Boggs 6 weeks No 18 weeks 3 weeks   NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. Discretionary Reduced hours schedule    12 weeks 2 weeks   NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 18 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 4 weeks Reduced hours available 18 weeks 4 weeks $7,500 (after one year) + 4 week paid leave + 6 weeks paid leave primary caregiver Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Thompson & Knight LLP Unlimited Reduced-Hours Program 18 weeks paid + 8 weeks unpaid 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Vedder Price 3 weeks   Case by case basis Up to 16 weeks Up to 8 weeks primary caregiver, 2 weeks non primary caregiver NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Venable LLP 3 weeks (up to a year with the firm), 4 weeks (over a year with the firm) Case by case basis 18 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary caregiver 18 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary caregiver NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Vinson & Elkins LLP 3 weeks (up to three years), 4 weeks (after three years) Case by case basis 12 weeks 12 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Waller 2 weeks (less than three years), 3 weeks (more than three years) Reduced work schedules 12 weeks 0 (12 weeks unpaid leave) Pre tax contributions through section 125 FSA Yes, 401K Yes, medical non- contributory, dental contributory
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 4 weeks Case by case basis 18 weeks 10 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
White & Case LLP Unlimited Yes including reduced hours schedule 18-20 weeks 4 weeks Yes, Adoption Assistance Program Yes, 401K, Roth 401K Yes, contributory
Wiley Rein LLP 4 weeks Part-time or flexitime 18 weeks 4 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP 4 weeks Yes Up to 18 weeks Up to 18 weeks  NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
WilmerHale 4 weeks Yes 18 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary caregiver 18 weeks primary caregiver, 4 weeks secondary caregiver NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory
Winston & Strawn LLP Unlimited Reduced hours schedules 18 weeks paid, 6 weeks unpaid 10 weeks NO Yes, 401K Yes, contributory