If you are a self-starter, Cahill just might be the place for you. Associates have no billable hour requirement, which leaves room for pro bono and other non-billable work. Above-market bonuses are certainly a perk that associates appreciate. The firm encourages associates to continue their development with the aid of Cahill Academy, the firm’s training program that covers a variety of topics relevant to everyday practice. Cahill allows associates control over their matters and workload and instills a feeling of independence over their...
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While the firm is laid back and friendly, Cahill’s clients are anything but—from top financial institutions to multinational corporations, the firm represents high-level clients. Associates should have ambition but also be pleasant and fit into the firm’s social culture. Firm social events are well attended by associates, partners, and staff, and everyone from the top down is respected at Cahill. Leadership at the firm is transparent, and formal and informal feedback is supportive and helpful for associates’ growth. The work flows in a free-market system which allows associates to have control over their own schedules. The lack of a billable hour requirement allows for flexibility and work-life balance. Compensation and bonuses are above market, and associates feel valued and secu...
About the Firm
With a reputation for capital markets prowess and high-stakes litigation excellence, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is the picture of an effective—and conservatively managed—firm. With around 300 attorneys, Cahill focuses on a wide array of practice areas, including corporate finance and M&A, litigation, investigations, crisis advisory, and others.
An Exclusive Club
Cahill was founded in 1919 by the former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and from the start, it proved itself as a player in corporate law and finance. Its best-known name partner was John T. Cahill, a former U.S. Attorney for New York’s Southern District in Manhattan—an office that The New York Times dubbed “one of the city’s most powerful clubs.” Cahill led a period of growth and expansion after World War II....
- “Everyone is really open, warm, and welcoming. We’re all friends, and truly love hanging out together, and getting to know each other. The partnership also actively gets to know us, through dinners and in-office events.”
- “Cahill maintains a professional yet welcoming atmosphere. Everyone (including partners) is always offering to help, and encourage questions, no matter how big or small. Cahill provides in-firm social events a couple of times a month, as well as more casual happy hours outside of the firm.”
- “Even though office presence is not mandatory, lawyers come in frequently, because we enjoy spending time with each other. Lawyers socialize at firm-sponsored and after-hours events on a regular basis. It is a tight-knit community, which is a benefit of the firm's size.”
- “Cahill's culture is one of the firm's best attributes. Lawyers socialize frequently—both during firm-sponsored events, and after work on an informal basis. There are numerous firm-sponsored social events, networking opportunities, and educational programs that bring associates, partners, and staff together. The day-to-day atmosphere is collegial—everyone's doors are open, and folks often stop by to say hello or ask questions.”
Diversity at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Getting Hired Here
- “The firm is definitely looking for driven, ambitious candidates who seem both friendly and competent. [Interviewers] are looking to see if they would trust this candidate as an associate. While grades are definitely important, the firm recognizes that we will do much of our learning at the firm, so it is more important to be interested in the subject matter, rather than appearing as if you know everything about the work itself. While the firm hires from all the top law schools, the firm does hire a lot of students from Fordham Law.”
- “OCI followed by three rounds of interviews. The firm seems to look for self-starters for the free-market system to work. Many in litigation were on a journal, but the firm is open to state school graduates and elite law school graduates.”
- “Cahill looks for a strong personality match with their hires, I believe. Because they tend to hope people will stay for a longer period of time, and really work to invest in associates so they do stay. Everyone wants to work with people they enjoy working with.”
- “Our firm focuses on students who have good grades, but also have good personalities, and are generally pleasant and personable. …”