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Attorney Development & Recruitment


While law school teaches you to think like a lawyer, it is our partners who teach you how to practice and serve clients. Some of these partners are formal mentors, others are friendly faces new attorneys get to know over time, others still provide valuable training in the context of a deal or case. Honigman highly values the people who take the time to mentor and teach. The firm has a formal mentor program whereby associates are paired with mentors for year-long terms, with certain mentors specializing in our newest associates. We also recognize the great lengths other attorneys take to ensure the success of our new colleagues. In 2018, David Billings, Kimberly Dudek, Jacob Drouillard, and Bea Swedlow were honored as the year’s Best Mentors.


Your success is the firm’s success. The Attorney Development & Recruitment team is dedicated to ensuring that our attorneys have state-of-the-art tools necessary for their professional development. Our GPS (Growth-Professionalism-Success) Core Competency Framework provides a road map for success by articulating the skills to be mastered at each level of development.

Our training programs are facilitated both by Honigman partners and by external, national subject-matter experts and are part of our concerted effort to prepare associates for direct client contact and significant responsibility on important matters from the outset of their careers. Trained mentors also work to accelerate associates' integration into the firm and provide support until they are promoted to non-percentage partner.

Each department maintains a unique training checklist that benchmarks both the substantive and business development skills necessary to be a successful attorney. Some of our recent training programs include:

  • Department-specific lunch training sessions geared toward new associates
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Advanced Transactional Drafting
  • Business Etiquette: The Rules of Engagement
  • Communicate to Influence: Oral Advocacy and Presentation Skills
  • Negotiation Skills for Transactional Attorneys
  • Negotiation Skills for Litigators
  • Making Rain YOUR Way
  • Individual Writing Coaching
  • The Honigman Business Fundamentals Institute
  • Resilience Training
  • Digital Wellness Training
  • Ross Guberman: Point Made
  • Ross Guberman: Start Off Strong Program

Honigman's Department of Attorney Development & Recruitment also offers Executive Coaching for individualized career development. Coaching equips our attorneys to build on their strengths and neutralize "blind spots" that can compromise results and hinder success.

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