New Associates


Our comprehensive, three-day orientation program helps new associates acclimate to the firm by addressing the following topics:

  • Assignment of associates to practice groups
  • BakerHostetler travel information
  • Firm organizational structure and chart
  • Firm wide resources
  • Lexis-Nexis/Westlaw agreement
  • Library services
  • Mentoring program
  • Performance bonus program for associates and partners
  • Performance evaluation overview
  • Policies and procedures
  • Project code listing
  • Standards for admission to the partnership
  • Timekeeping
  • Career Development for New Associates

Note: Orientation programs may vary by office.

Mentoring Program

To assist in their professional training and development, first-year associates are matched with mentors who offer routine guidance and support. The program includes direct work with clients, an integral component of the program that provides associates hands-on, practical experience. Regular feedback, evaluations and face-to-face discussions are used to advise associates on their progress. (For new associates, reviews are ongoing, with semiannual written evaluations.)

Associate Academy

Our annual Associate Academy provides associates additional opportunities to interact with partners, many of whom are involved in the development and delivery of the curriculum. Its goals include:

  • Building effective analysis and negotiation skills
  • Cultivating business development skills
  • Honing skills that enhance competitive advantage in business
  • Enhancing communication skills
  • Drafting commercial agreements or developing client interview skills

Presentations on topics such as the dynamics of the global economy, recent landmark court decisions, and other relevant, pressing matters are delivered by attorneys, management, and outside legal professionals. Members of management also provide educational sessions on our heritage, practice areas, and client success stories.

Compensation and Benefits for New Associates
Offering competitive pay and benefits, while providing a collegial and respectful work environment, is part of our commitment to fostering a workplace that values employees. Our comprehensive and competitive benefits program includes:


  • Competitive salaries and a performance bonus program
  • Group health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Multiple plan options and various benefit levels
  • Same-sex domestic partner coverage
  • Pre-tax premiums
  • Coverage begins on date of hire
  • Group term life/AD&D and voluntary supplemental group universal life insurance
  • Voluntary accident insurance – self and family
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Four weeks of vacation annually
  • Short-term disability benefits
  • Long-term disability benefits
  • Pre-Tax benefit programs – dependent care, health care reimbursement and transit/qualified parking (in most cities)
  • Retirement program – voluntary 401(k) plan
  • Military leave
  • Reimbursement of bar examination fees and study courses
  • Bar dues – national, state, and one section
  • Continuing legal education
  • Relocation assistance
  • Stipend