Established in 1974 by attorneys with ties to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Beveridge & Diamond excels nationally in environmental law, including recognitions by Vault, Chambers, and The Legal 500. The firm represents clients in a diverse array of environmental law and litigation issues and handles it all, from environmental justice and sustainability to offshore energy and contaminated properties.
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Be ready to show a genuine interest in environmental law if you want to work at Beveridge & Diamond, as the topic will come up in your interviews. The firm has a collaborative atmosphere, including across offices—even staff are included in social events—and associates feel respected by most partners. Beveridge & Diamond provides substantive training through BDU, which is considered very helpful, and assigns two mentors intended to help associates navigate their work and firm life—although associates note that the value of this depends on the investment level of the assigned mentors. Work is substantive, and assignment distribution is generally centralized, which associates appreciate. The firm is generally flexible about work-from-home, especially with the pandemic...
Since our founding, B&D strives for leadership in environmental law and litigation, and to build our practice in these areas at a level with – or exceeding – those of other firms, including large global firms whom clients sometimes also entrust with their most sophisticated environmental and litigation matters....
About the Firm
Beveridge & Diamond has developed in symbiosis with significant environmental legislation throughout the last quarter of the 20th century and early 21st, giving its clients insider access to the complexities of environmental law, natural resource law, land use, and litigation. Government and corporate clients alike reap the benefits of B&D's specialties in alternative dispute resolution, high-stakes environmental and commercial litigation, toxic torts, and white collar defense.
In 1974 a group of lawyers that included the first Administrator of the EPA and the first Commissioner of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation formed a firm to address the needs of companies and municipalities relating to emerging environmental law. From those not-so-hum...
- “Professionally, the firm holds its attorneys to a very high standard of excellence. Though a midsize firm, the firm prides itself on competing on the same level (or exceeding) as much bigger firms. Socially, the firm is warm, casual, and somewhat introverted; people work hard, like each other, and respect each other's personal needs/boundaries. Politically, the firm tends quite strongly liberal, though there are a few more conservative shareholders. Politics don't really feature in the day-to-day life of the firm, though.”
- “Professionally, B&D has an academic-light atmosphere where lawyers are encouraged to collaborate with one another and even rely on lawyers in other B&D office locations for professional advice. Socially, each location has its own personality—the NYC office tends to have a social bunch that engage in regular firm-sponsored lunches and post-work gatherings. Very pleasant.”
- “The culture is great where everyone gets along really well and there isn't a competitive or cut-throat atmosphere like at other firms. I think this fosters comradery and collaboration which I really enjoy. We include our staff in nearly all of our events which shows just how much the firm values its staff and views them as equals in the workplace. The firm also supports initiatives of individual attorneys whether it be social events, membership in affiliation groups, or professional speaking opportunities.”
- “The firm is very casual and social. Even very senior shareholders are friendly and approachable. Prior to COVID, social events were frequent, fun, and well-attended.”
Diversity at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Getting Hired Here
- “We have relatively small summer associate classes, so you're not getting an offer if you don't have a strong, demonstrated interest in environmental law and B&D specifically. We weigh diversity pretty heavily. We hire from a pretty broad range of schools, but you obviously need to be near the top of your class if you're coming from a low-ranked school. Top feeder schools are GW, Georgetown, Harvard, American, Pace, Lewis & Clark, Vermont. We have training for those who interview candidates.”
- “Our firm hires from a number of universities including top-rated environmental law-focused schools, Ivy-leagues, and HBCUs. Important factors include grades, diversity, clerkships, journal experience, and most importantly personality fit.”
- “The firm is looking for candidates from top law schools who have a demonstrated interest and expertise in environmental law, with preference given to those who have clerked.”