Involved with building meaningful careers

We believe that the law is a profession built around people and personal interaction. Our lawyers create strong, collaborative working relationships with each other and with each of our clients. These relationships are distinctly different from the approach taken by many larger firms. It takes a special type of lawyer, backed by a unique paralegal and staff team, to make that dynamic work. As one of the 200 largest law firms in the United States we look for skilled professionals who want to build a career with us on that type of foundation.

What Makes Us Different

Shumaker is different from most major law firms with national footprints.  First, when you walk in the door, you’ll see relaxed people who enjoy working together.  Second, we offer large firm resources, very sophisticated high level work, and career opportunities in key business locations in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.

Our approach focuses on each person – you’ll be surrounded by people who care about how you feel, what you think and about your family.  We recruit professionals who want to do great work, work hard and who enjoy working together, with a collegiality not found at most larger firms.  And more often than not, people start their careers here – and they stay here.

This caring attitude starts with the fundamentals of how we run our firm.  We don’t pit our lawyers against each other to fight for compensation or clients.  We hire only for need, and only people that we believe will want to build a career with us.  Shumaker is not a sink-or-swim kind of firm, or one that defines your worth as a lawyer by the size of your book of business.  We value high achievers, but always in the context of people who are not only excellent lawyers but also team players with a respectful approach to their colleagues.

Why You Benefit

At Shumaker, you’ll witness stability, integrity, work/life balance and you’ll have the opportunity to make partner.  If you are outstanding at what you do and you are a team player, there is a place for you here.

Our client-focused dynamic begins with our selective hiring process—engaging top graduates from law schools around the nation as well as high quality lateral hires from other law firms.  Whether we are hiring a new law school graduate or bringing on an experienced lawyer from another firm, we strive to make sure that all our professionals embrace our philosophy of building a career-long legal practice.  Many of our partners have never practiced at another firm, including office managing partners who began with Shumaker as summer associates.

What You Can Expect from Shumaker

We are a firm that maintains a healthy work environment for lawyers and staff, where we value having a reasonable balance between our work and our personal lives. That includes being an “open door” firm – we don’t hunker down in our offices or practice in silos, but instead encourage an open and cooperative environment.

A good example of what it’s like to work here is the Leadership Shumaker Program.  Our partners are involved in the communities where we work, and encourage associates and staff to be involved.  From local charitable organizations to prestigious museums, zoos and symphonies, we encourage our lawyers to be leaders, whether at the board or grass roots level – in the life of our firm, in the law and in the community.  If you aspire to that kind of leadership, consider a career at Shumaker.
 

Note to legal search agencies:  Please do not send an unsolicited résumé to the firm.  Legal search agencies must first contact Wendy Martin, Director of Human Resources & Recruitment, by email (wsmartin@shumaker.com) and describe the prospective candidate’s background without revealing the candidate’s name.  In no event should any résumé be forwarded to Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP without the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources & Recruitment.  Any résumé received without prior approval will be considered an "unsolicited résumé" and no fee will be paid to the agency.  In addition, legal search agencies should not contact any attorney at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP without prior approval of the Director of Human Resources & Recruitment.  Thank you in advance for following our process.

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP provides laterals a platform from which to develop their practices.  We welcome lawyers whose practices have outgrown other firms or are seeking a new opportunity.  At Shumaker, we believe that the law is a profession built around people and personal interaction.  Our lawyers create strong, collaborative working relationships with each other and with each of our clients – relationships that are distinctly different from the approach taken by many larger firms.  We are a client-focused, collegial, and team-oriented environment in which to practice.

We hire accomplished attorneys at various levels of experience based on the specific needs of each practice group on an office-by office basis.  

We realize how difficult it can be to change firms and we have a proven track record of successfully transitioning laterals and their clients.  We assure that our new lateral partners are fully integrated to the firm from day one.

What Makes Us Different

Lawyers who interview with us see an atmosphere of stability, integrity, work/life balance and opportunity.  If you are outstanding at what you do and you are a team player, there is a place for you here.  We take our time and are very careful about who we hire, not just making decisions on what “the numbers” look like.  We look for matches in philosophy, personality, skills and quality – an approach that has served us well.

Why You Benefit

With a culture that encourages open communication and respect among colleagues, we take pride in working together.  That means a solid grounding in principles of respect, cooperation and teamwork, excellence in client service, uncompromising ethical and professional behavior, and a genuine commitment to the communities that have been at the heart of our firm’s success.

The members of our team find that these meaningful values reflect and integrate with other, more tangible rewards.  As a Shumaker lawyer, you will find:

  1. A compensation system focused on teamwork, collaboration, initiative, professional contribution and fairness.
  2. An emphasis on meaningful client work, with billing rates that combine the best elements of value for the client and reward for you.
  3. A collaborative approach to marketing and staffing in ways that let you work with top-quality lawyers and benefit from ample opportunities for client experience.

High morale and enjoyment from the practice of law in a values-driven environment where personal satisfaction, professional excellence and client service reinforce each other.

 

*Note to legal search agencies:  Please do not send an unsolicited résumé to the firm.  Legal search agencies must first contact Wendy Martin, Director of Human Resources & Recruitment, by email (wsmartin@shumaker.com) and describe the prospective candidate’s background without revealing the candidate’s name.  In no event should any résumé be forwarded to Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP without the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources & Recruitment.  Any résumé received without prior approval will be considered an "unsolicited résumé" and no fee will be paid to the agency.  In addition, legal search agencies should not contact any attorney at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP without prior approval of the Director of Human Resources & Recruitment.  Thank you in advance for following our process.

As an associate at Shumaker you’ll be expected to accept and to show a high level of responsibility and accountability.  Our associates are given a blend of complex, sophisticated matters on which to work with partners and senior associates, and move into their own assignments on which they function independently.  We do not hire associates or lateral lawyers as a knee-jerk response to staff up for short-term busy periods, but rather gauge sustained demand on an office-by-office basis according to practice group strategies. 

You’ll have an aggressive but achievable annual billing guideline, but will be encouraged and supported in devoting the time for training, community service and pro bono work.  It’s a well-rounded approach for the kind of well-rounded lawyers we want to have build their careers here.

What Makes Us Different

Lawyers who interview with us see an atmosphere of stability, integrity, work/life balance and opportunity.  If you are outstanding at what you do and you are a team player, there is a place for you here.  We take our time and are very careful about who we hire, not just making decisions on what “the numbers” look like.  We look for matches in philosophy, personality, skills and quality – an approach that has served us well.

You’ll find that, although you get plenty of help with career development, you ultimately are the person responsible for your Shumaker career.  Rather than being assigned a formal mentor, you’ll find a number of lawyers who informally advise you because we believe mentoring works best when it is allowed to evolve naturally.  Our firm does assign marketing mentors to associates, to help you develop a marketing plan and review it twice a year, getting ideas and tips from the marketing team.  You’ll also find structured opportunities, like a mentoring program started by the Ohio Supreme Court in which we participate.  The combination of opportunity and informality is, we believe, unique – and effective.

Why You Benefit

With a culture that encourages open communication and respect among colleagues, we take pride in working together.  That means a solid grounding in principles of respect, cooperation and teamwork, excellence in client service, uncompromising ethical and professional behavior, and a genuine commitment to the communities that have been at the heart of our firm’s success.

The members of our team find that these meaningful values reflect and integrate with other, more tangible rewards.  As a Shumaker lawyer, you will find:

  • A compensation system focused on teamwork, collaboration, initiative, professional contribution and fairness.
  • An emphasis on meaningful client work, with billing rates that combine the best elements of value for the client and reward for you.
  • A collaborative approach to marketing and staffing in ways that let you work with top-quality lawyers and benefit from ample opportunities for client experience.
  • High morale and enjoyment from the practice of law in a values-driven environment where personal satisfaction, professional excellence and client service reinforce each other. 

What You Can Expect from Shumaker

The following doesn’t exhaust the list of questions about the Shumaker experience you’ll have, but it does cover some of the key points on what you can expect in working with us.

Q: What is Shumaker’s partnership track?
A: Because we only hire associates who we can see becoming partners, our eight-year track is shorter than that at many firms.

Q: What kind of benefits do associates receive?
A: You’ll get medical and life insurance, short-term and long term disability coverage, continuing education seminar fees, and access to an attractive 401(k) plan after you’ve worked for the firm for one year.

Q:  What about compensation?
A:  Compensation for associates is determined annually by each individual office.  Periodic salary increases are based on your performance as reflected in regular evaluations.

Q:  How will I be evaluated?
A:  We evaluate our associates semiannually based upon comments solicited from partners with whom you have worked.

Q:  Do associates have a voice in firm governance?
A:  There are associates on every firm committee except the management committee, and associates have a particularly strong voice in professional development.  Associates in each of our offices meet at least quarterly to communicate and share ideas.  For associates, and all members of our firm, Leadership Shumaker is a major involvement channel in which associates often take the lead in selecting organizations and causes for the firm to assist.  

**Note to legal search agencies:  Please do not send an unsolicited résumé to the firm.  Legal search agencies must first contact Wendy Martin, Director of Human Resources & Recruitment, by email (wsmartin@shumaker.com) and describe the prospective candidate’s background without revealing the candidate’s name.  In no event should any résumé be forwarded to Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP without the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources & Recruitment.  Any résumé received without prior approval will be considered an "unsolicited résumé" and no fee will be paid to the agency.  In addition, legal search agencies should not contact any attorney at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP without prior approval of the Director of Human Resources & Recruitment.  Thank you in advance for following our process.

We look upon our summer associate program as the major source of our future associates and partners.  Shumaker recruits summer associates after their first and second years in leading law schools nationwide, and we accept you for inclusion because we see you as a “Shumaker lawyer.”  Your learning experience shows you exactly what to expect at Shumaker if you practice law with us, as you will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects involving multiple practice areas.  You’ll attend court appearances, discovery proceedings, client meetings and transaction closings.  You’ll draft legal documents that are filed with the court system or delivered directly to clients.  In other words, you’ll find out very quickly what it’s like to practice law!

Shumaker Diversity Scholarship

What Makes Us Different

Each of our offices determines annually what its summer salaries will be and how many summer associates that office will need, bringing in the number of people based on the open positions we expect to have.  That works to your advantage, because unlike other firms, we won’t hire six or eight people for our summer program knowing that we only have two spots to fill.  We don’t want to pit summer associates against each other – we simply want you to learn what it will be like to work with us. 

You’ll also benefit from the different way we handle work assignments.  We funnel work through summer program coordinators to make sure there is a balance and good variety of work.  At all times the coordinator is in the know.  We don’t have a rigid assignment rotation from group to group.  Instead, you’ll work with several groups at one time, being treated as a full fledged lawyer and not a student.  Oftentimes you’ll find that our lawyers will expand a project for you or assign additional projects because they trust your abilities and progress.

Why You Benefit

Wherever possible you’ll have the opportunity to attend client meetings, closings, negotiations, depositions, trials and courtroom hearings.  The lawyers you work with will also ask you to draft research memoranda, litigation pleadings, motions and briefs, and a variety of transactional documents.  It’s a well-rounded approach that lets you demonstrate your analytical, advocacy and writing skills, and that is as close to a first-year associate’s experience as can be made. 

It’s a realistic approach that you don’t get at school – or at other firms, where summer associates are rotated through to multiple practice groups.  Doing multiple projects for multiple people is not only more realistic, it gives you the opportunity to learn more about your own optimal skill set.  That’s to your advantage, and ours.

You’ll definitely have an enjoyable time, but with a purpose:  getting to know your peers and the other lawyers we hope to have you work with in a year or two.  We encourage you to participate in events like dinners, sporting events and practice group get-togethers.  Much of what we have planned will allow you to experience the city where you chose to spend the summer.

What You Can Expect from Shumaker

Your summer experience begins with our recruiting process, which we’re proud to say we never suspended during the recession.  We focus on schools that are leaders in our geographical areas:  for example, The University of Michigan, Notre Dame and The Ohio State University in the Midwest, and The University of Florida, Florida State University and Stetson University for our Tampa and Sarasota offices. 

But we also cover major national schools like Emory University and Georgetown University.  You’ll meet with one or two Shumaker lawyers for on-campus interviews, then receive a callback for further interviews with partners and associates at each office based on what we’ve learned from you as well as our assignment needs by office.

Once you begin in the program your summer coordinator will oversee your workload and make sure you have the projects that match your interests.  You’ll not only be invited to attend regular practice group meetings where legal training is provided, you’ll also attend formal in-house seminars on topics like bankruptcy, trusts and estates, employee benefits and mergers and acquisitions.  It’s all part of an experience specially designed to help summer associates develop the key professional skills and legal insight unique to their practice area.

As you continue to work on projects, you will be evaluated throughout the summer on each project you do.  Lawyers who assign projects to you are required to provide substantive feedback in connection with each project, and if we feel you need improvement we bring it up at once in a way designed to help you.  Additional mid-summer and final evaluations let you know where you stand, and we review all of these evaluations in making our offer decisions.
 

At Shumaker we pride ourselves on our progressive human resources approach in the recruitment and career development of highly capable and diversified paralegal and support personnel.  With more than 250 team members in support roles across our seven offices, Shumaker is committed to providing each person with equal opportunity, competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package.

Why You Benefit

Legal staff professionals and paralegals will find Shumaker to be a rewarding place to build their careers.  We are a good place to work because we emphasize teamwork that values the roles professional staff members play in serving our clients.  Our strong commitment to and success at building diversity means that each of our offices strives to reflect the experiences and capabilities of the communities where we practice and live. 

What You Can Expect from Shumaker

The positions we offer include a wide range of options, from financial analysts and informational technology specialists to recruitment coordinators and secretarial personnel.   The primary mission of our paralegals and professional staff is the same as that of our lawyers:  to add value to our clients by helping them meet their objectives.  We seek highly-motivated people who can help us achieve that mission.  If you want to share in that commitment, you’ll find a firm that is absolutely committed to the full realization of equal employment opportunity without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or veteran status.  We want you to excel, and will give you all the support you need to do so.