Fox Rothschild LLP - The Inside View

What the fox? It’s Fox Rothschild! A strong middle-market firm with national coverage and the desire to give juniors an opportunity to “build their own book of business from day one.” 

TO acquire or not to acquire? That is the question that has no doubt been posed at many a Fox Rothschild management committee meeting. Indeed, snapping up a host of firms across the country has been Fox’s modus operandi for some time now. This approach has given it 27 bases across the US, including those in locations that you won’t necessarily see elsewhere in this guide, such as Morristown, NJ, Tysons, VA and Greenville, SC. “It’s hard for outsiders to break into these smaller markets,”  one associate told us, reflecting that M&A has allowed Fox to “capitalize on that acquired firm’s existing relationships and reputation – it just works to acquire local people who’ve been representing clients there for years and years.”

This technique has paid off in ways beyond geographic coverage across the nation; Chambers USA showers recognition upon Fox’s efforts in ten states. Here’s an indication of some highlights: on a nationwide basis, it’s given top nods for its work in gaming and licensing and cannabis law; Washington has wisdom on all things bankruptcy and employment; Pennsylvania has a penchant for corporate and litigation work; North Carolina has the know-how for healthcare and employment; and in New Jersey Fox comes out on top for real estate, but also stands strong in the fields of environment, bankruptcy and employment law. The firm’s heavy mid-market presence within many of its jurisdictions means that attorneys “get a lot of experience while still being able to go mano a mano with some of the best attorneys in the world.”  With its expansive domestic coverage in mind, juniors told us they have “the best of both worlds: you get the luxuries of working at a big firm while not being a cog in the wheel. It’s a place where I can have the balance of working at a big firm without feeling like I’m at a big firm.”

Strategy & Future



As expected, associates hypothesized that the firm “seems like it’s still open to growing through acquisitions. It’s Fox’s preferred way to grow.” Associates liked the firm’s zest for growth and felt that at the moment the firm does a “pretty good job” of blending middle-market work with “very high-end, sophisticated matters.” The latest acquisition target was Atlanta-based boutique Kaufman Forman in January 2020; this annexing boosted Fox’s presence in the Peach State and gave it access to some international clients, including some in China.

The Work



The juniors on our list were spread between 19 offices and across 12 states. New York  and Minneapolis took five each, Princeton and Seattle took four each, while other juniors were spread between locations such as DC, Seattle, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Just under half were found in litigation, with around a quarter based in corporate. The rest could be found in real estate, entertainment, restructuring, IP, and employment. 

Fox’s junior litigators tend to stay as generalists: “I love that I don’t have to pigeonhole myself too early. It means I’ll be prepared when I really want to lock down on a specialist area later on.”  Philly, we heard,has plenty of employment and cannabis-related cases, as well as professional liability and attorney malpractice matters. DC reportedly covers a lot of government contracts and construction work – the latter spanned the likes of military bases, federal agency buildings and highways. New York also covers construction, as well as real estate and “anything from massive multibillion-dollar bankruptcy litigations to $20k small breach of contract matters.” Elsewhere, sources highlighted environmental and white-collar work. The litigation practice at Fox can be “fast-paced – every day here is different.” Our sources had worked on discovery and research assignments, with one explaining: “I have to focus on this one discrete topic and be the expert.”  Interviewees were also able to draft documents like pleadings, complaints, answers, motions, discovery requests, and portions of briefs. “Briefs are interesting to write, as you can be creative and think strategically at the same time.”

Litigation clients:  Lannett Company, Germantown Cab Company, H2 Contracting. Represented the last of these in a $2 million breach of contract and delayed payment case tied to its work on the Ocean Place Resort & Spa, New Jersey.

Corporate work at Fox Rothschild “isn’t just banking and boring corporations – there’s some really interesting variation.”  Offices work on various transactions including M&A, secured lending and debt, regulatory and franchise matters. There’s quite a bit of variation in the work between offices too: one office was celebrated for its work on startup matters, as well as with “fashion, cannabis and entertainment clients”; another picked up praise for doing “a lot of M&A work, as well as a lot of fund formation in the cannabis space specifically”; while another was described as focusing on construction and product manufacturing matters. Highlights in the New Jersey offices included gaming, agricultural, education and finance transactions: “You can do whatever you want, all in New Jersey!” Associates generally worked on research tasks, especially in areas like cannabis and gaming, where “regulations change and there’s a lot of terminology.” They also cut their teeth on disclosure schedules, due diligence and client communication. Lucky juniors got to draft things like asset purchase agreements, franchise renewals, formation documents and equity documents. “You’re not exactly handed the keys, but you’re trusted 100%,”concluded one source.

Corporate clients: Subaru, 1855 Capital, Trice Medical. Represented technology and digital subscription company Marketing G2 during its sale to Newscycle Solutions.

Career Development



“...help us to plan and prepare for our own potential partnership.”

We heard that Fox is “very focused on associates building their own book of business from day one.” The firm gives associates $500 for “marketing, like flyers, or for taking out potential clients. It’s no questions asked – they trust us.” Junior associates can also get an origination bonus. A mentorship program sees “newer” partners paired up with juniors to “guide us in day-to-day work but also help us to plan and prepare for our own potential partnership.”  Interviewees were aware of what they had to do to become partner, with one happily declaring: “I see myself here for a long time!”

Hours & Compensation



Billable hours: 1,850 target (1,900 litigation)

Associates across groups found the billable hours target “achievable – I meet hours, but I’m not overworked at all.”  Most people we spoke to hit their target spot-on, though some had gone over by 100 hours or so. Smaller bases may have a problem in that "there’s not enough work coming down to juniors,” with one interviewee voicing that “it almost feels like bonuses are unattainable until later on in a small office like ours.”

Bonuses begin to be paid out at 1,850 hours, regardless of what group associates are in: “It’s nice to level the playing field,” expressed an appreciative source. Bonuses then increase with every extra 100 hours attorneys bill, but our interviewees tended to be content not to climb so high: “Some people want a really high bonus, but I’d rather have a life!”  Overall, most associates told us they tend to leave by 7pm each day, with “some work from home after hours and on the weekends.” Associates told us about work/life balance being “a big focus here – I feel lucky.” Salaries across the country were rated as “competitive in the market,” with one cheerily acknowledging: “It suits me well.” The starting salary was recently bumped up in most offices.

Pro Bono



Once they reach 1,850, associates can count 50 hours of billable pro bono credit toward their bonus; any additional hours can be counted if they reach certain criteria. Despite this, around half of our interviewees hadn’t done any pro bono at all. Those who had had only done a small amount, with one interviewee concluding that “it’s more an individual thing – you’re not necessarily encouraged to do it, but the firm does support you if you want to do it.” However, we also heard that “people speak about pro bono in the office and the firm notifies us of pro bono achievements.”  Interviewees added that “being a part of the community and actively serving the community” is a “highly stressed” value at Fox. Pro bono work we heard of included criminal, immigration and education cases, as well as assignments for charities. The Philadelphia office reportedly does a lot of work with the Innocence Project.

Pro bono hours

  • For all attorneys: undisclosed
  • Average per attorney: undisclosed

Culture



Fox’s history as an acquisition-hungry firm leads each office to be “sovereign – though we all report to Philly, each is its own entity.” Juniors explained that this “isn’t a negative. We’re so fragmented in our specialties that it ironically makes it easier to operate as a whole.” Despite this, we heard that “the culture itself isn’t fragmented – we have our own office cultures, but they’re not directly in opposition to each other.”

“We’re happy to be team players.”

The attorneys in Philadelphia are reportedly “more formally dressed, but still welcoming.” The New Jersey offices were described as “spectacular – a lot of people have been here a long time, and it’s indicative of people feeling comfortable being here and being treated kindly by the people they work with.” Those in DC like to socialize: “We talk about each other’s personal lives and joke around, that sort of thing.” Those in much smaller offices liked that “it’s such a small Bar in this city that no one’s nasty because you’ll see them on the street the next day!” Overall, we heard that Fox people are “friendly, respectful and willing to support. No one’s uncomfortable introducing themselves to someone new – we’re happy to be team players.”

Diversity & Inclusion



Fox has just launched a firm-wide diversity fellowship, which each year offers six students from diverse backgrounds 1L summer positions; they’ll then hopefully go on to complete a 2L summer at the firm before staying on as juniors. Tuition is also partially paid for. “I’m so glad to see the firm is finally doing that,”commented one source. On a broader level, we heard that the firm keeps everyone up to date with diversity initiatives through a monthly newsletter. These initiatives include committees, lunches and events. The women’s group meets regularly to “go over women’s issues, though it’s more social than anything – you get out of the office and connect with everybody,” an interviewee noted. 

"They do a good job of caring."

Overall, we heard that “diversity is definitely on Fox’s mind and they do a good job of caring. Looking around the different people that work here, you see a good variety of representation.” At the same time, some highlighted that “they seem committed, but new lateral partners might not be as in line with what we’re doing.”

Get Hired



The first stage: recruitment on and off campus 

OCI applicants interviewed: 893 

Interviewees outside OCI: 41 

Fox Rothschild visits approximately 44 law schools nationwide, and interviews around 20 students per school. 

Fox has a firmwide recruitment committee made up of both associates and partners – the firm typically pairs associates and partners together to conduct the interviews. During interviews, interviewers ask questions aimed at measuring “students’ analytical abilities, motivation/initiative, judgement and previous experience,” Natalie Quinn and Julia Borginis (director of associate recruitment and attorney development manager) tell us. 

Top tips for this stage: 

“My first round was focused on the kind of work I did, what I wanted to do and if my goals matched with what they were looking for. The second round I met with a whole bunch more people – a lot of those conversations were based on what I wanted to know from them.” – a third-year junior associate 

“It was nice – a very natural interview, not stressful, not confrontational, just very conversational.” – a third-year junior associate 

 

Callbacks 

Applicants invited to second stage interview: 274 

Most of Fox’s offices conduct a ‘super-day’: all successful candidates are invited on the same day for a presentation about the firm’s summer program, followed by one-on-one interviews. Candidates meet with four attorneys – a mix of partners and associates – for 30 minutes each. “At this stage, candidates should continue to expect to answer competency-based questions. Additionally, we are trying to determine a candidate’s interest in Fox in particular, versus wanting to work generally at a large law firm,” explains Natalie Quinn and Julia Borginis. The day also involves either a lunch or cocktail reception, providing students the chance to meet more lawyers and “get a feel for the culture.” 

Top tips for this stage: 

“It was a very different interview experience than the others. I met with multiple people throughout the interviews. Usually it’s just one person at a time other firms, but here I met a very senior partner, three senior associates, then two associates and then the office managing partner.” – a second-year junior associate 

“The whole way they did interviews was totally different and felt I was really able to get the feel for the people.” – a second-year junior associate 

 

Summer program 

Offers: 50 

Acceptances: 25 

Fox's summer program lasts for ten weeks and starts with all summer associates gathering in Philadelphia for an orientation. All of the summers meet again a further two times throughout the program for professional development and social events. Socials include the likes of axe-throwing, baseball games and food tours. 

Fox does not have a rotation program, so summers are free to sample work from various practice areas. Assignments are obtained via an online portal and accompanied by weekly trainings that are delivered by video-conference tech across the offices. In addition, summers can expect a one-one writing session and business development training (the latter is delivered by the firm's marketing department). All summer associates are assigned two mentors: one is an associate and the other is a supervising partner, who keeps an eye on summers' overall workload each week. Before the summer is over, summer associates rank their practice area preferences for when they return to the firm (the majority do return), although practice area assignment is largely determined by business need.  

Top tips for this stage: 

“Recently we’re offering fellowships to 1Ls. They have a rigorous application process and four of them will be offered a job during their 1L summer. They get offered a job again during 2L year and then if they do well, they get a job offer and part of their tuition paid. It’s an exciting new diversity initiative.” – a second-year junior associate 

 

Career Development



Every new attorney at Fox spends their first two days in the Philly HQ for orientation. “I was impressed,” summed up one interviewee. “Senior people at the firm sat down with every single new hire and talked transparently about policies and what to expect.” We also heard of an associate retreat in DC which, alongside trainings, organizes “’get-to-know-each-other games,’ like those with bingo cards and things like ‘find someone from Alaska’ written on them.” The send-off dinner on the final night treated associates to a magician, live music and lip-syncing (we were assured, thankfully, that no one was lip-syncing for their life). 

 

Fox Rothschild LLP

2000 Market Street,
20th Floor,
Philadelphia,
PA 19103-3222
Website www.foxrothschild.com

  • Head office: Philadelphia, PA
  • Number of domestic offices: 27
  • Partners (US): 608
  • Associates (US): 265
  • Counsel (US): 75
  • Contacts  
  • Main recruitment contact: Natalie Quinn, Director of Associate Recruitment
  • Diversity officers: Dan Wu and Prince Thomas, Diversity Committee Co-Chairs
  • Recruitment details  
  • Entry-level associates starting in 2020: 21 Atlantic City, NJ: 1, Blue Bell, PA: 1, Dallas, TX: 1, Denver, CO: 1, Exton, PA: 1; Greenville, SC: 1, Minneapolis, MN: 2, Morristown, NJ: 2, New York, NY: 1, Philadelphia, PA: 3, Pittsburgh, PA: 1, Princeton, NJ: 3, Raleigh, NC: 1, Seattle, WA: 2, Warrington, PA: 2; Washington, D.C.: 1; West Palm Beach, FL: 1; Wilmington, DE: 1
  • Clerking policy: Yes
  •  Summers joining/anticipated 2020: 1Ls: 8, 2Ls: 28
  • Summers joining/anticipated 2020 split by office: Atlantic City, NJ: 1, Blue Bell, PA: 1, Charlotte, NC: 1, Dallas, TX: 2, Exton, PA: 2, Greensboro, NC: 1, Las Vegas, NV: 1, Los Angeles, CA: 3, Miami, FL: 1 Minneapolis, MN: 3, Morristown, NJ: 1, New York, NY: 4, Philadelphia, PA: 4, Pittsburgh, PA: 1, , Princeton, NJ: 3, Raleigh, NC: 2, San Francisco, CA: 1, Seattle, WA: 2, Warrington, PA: 2
  • Summer salary 2020: 1Ls: $2,211--$3,365/week
  • 2Ls: $2,211--$3,365/week
  • Split summers offered? No

Main areas of work
Fox Rothschild has nine primary departments and over 60 practice areas firm-wide. Our departments are: corporate, employee benefits and executive compensation, entertainment, financial restructuring and bankruptcy, intellectual property, labor and employ-ment, litigation, real estate, and taxation and wealth planning.

Firm profile
Fox Rothschild LLP is a national law firm with approximately 950 lawyers practicing in 27 offices from coast to coast. Our lawyers provide a full range of legal services to public and private companies – from family-run businesses to multinational corporations. We also represent charitable, medical and educational institutions both in the United States and worldwide. Our attorneys have been recognized for their commitment to clients, success in their fields, and diversity.

Recruitment
Law Schools attending for OCIs in 2019:
Berkeley, Boston College, Boston University, Cardozo, Chicago, Colorado, Columbia, Cornell, Dickinson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Fordham, George Washington, Georgetown, Iowa, Loyola – LA, Miami, Michigan, Minnesota, Mitchell Hamline, New York University, Northwestern, Rutgers – Camden, Rutgers – Newark, Penn, Penn State, Pitt, Seton Hall, Seattle, SMU, Stanford, Temple, Texas, UC – Irvine, UC – Hastings, UCLA, UNC, UNLV, USC, UVA, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Wake Forest, Washington Job Fairs/Consortia Attending in 2019: New Jersey Law Firm Group Minority Job Fair, Philadelphia Area Minority Job Fair, Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, Southeastern IP Job Fair, Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

Recruitment outside OCIs: Our firm participates in a number of recruiting events including law school and diversity event sponsorships. We created the Fox Rothschild 1L Diversity Fellowship Program this year as part of the Firm’s ongoing commitment to cultivating a diverse workplace that continually promotes opportunities for all. The Program is open to 1L law students from historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession, and positions are awarded on, among other things, academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal community.

Summer associate profile: Our summer program is the foundation of our recruiting efforts. Each summer we invite a diverse group of bright, highly motivated law students to experience the practice of law at Fox Rothschild. Since the majority of our new lawyers come from the pool of second year summer associates who complete our program, we consider the summer program the most important component of the recruiting process.

Summer program components: Our summer program is designed to expose summer associates to a realistic view of what it is like to practice law at Fox Rothschild. The program provides ongoing interaction with the attorneys on substantive assignments, through trainings, and during varied social events. Summer associates receive work assignments from all departments. We strive to ensure thatWe strive to ensure that the assignments given to summer associates are interesting and meaningful, with the results of that work used by our attorneys. Feedback is provided on an assignment- by-assignment basis, as well as through more formal mid-and end-of summer evaluations. In addition, we encourage all summer associates to provide us with a detailed critique of all aspects of the summer program.

Social media:
Recruitment website: www.foxrothschild.com/careers-for-attorneys/
LinkedIn: Fox Rothschild LLP
Twitter: @FoxRothschild
Facebook: Fox Rothschild LLP

This Firm's Rankings in
USA Guide, 2020

Ranked Departments

    • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Band 4)
    • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Band 4)
    • Corporate/M&A (Band 2)
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)
    • Real Estate (Band 3)
    • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Band 2)
    • Environment (Band 2)
    • Healthcare (Band 2)
    • Immigration (Band 2)
    • Labor & Employment (Band 2)
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)
    • Real Estate (Band 1)
    • Environment (Band 3)
    • Healthcare (Band 1)
    • Intellectual Property (Band 3)
    • Labor & Employment (Band 2)
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)
    • Real Estate (Band 3)
    • Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Band 1)
    • Corporate/M&A (Band 3)
    • Environment (Band 4)
    • Healthcare (Band 2)
    • Real Estate (Band 4)
    • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Band 3)
    • Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Band 3)
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)
    • Corporate/M&A (Band 3)
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)
    • Real Estate (Band 2)
    • Cannabis Law (Band 1)
    • Gaming & Licensing (Band 1)
    • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Band 2)

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