RECRUITING

HIRING POLICY

LGWM provides equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals. Employment decisions at LGWM are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. LGWM does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.
LGWM will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, access to benefits and training, discipline, and termination.

RECRUITING

LGWM seeks to attract and retain a diverse group of quality legal talent. LGWM believes in hiring only the most competent Associates interested in a litigation practice. LGWM assists our Associates in developing their skills by providing monthly Associate training sessions and having them work directly with experienced litigation attorneys. LGWM evaluates all Associates twice a year to encourage professional growth.

RECRUITING SCHEDULE

LGWM regularly interviews first and second-year law students on-campus at the University of Alabama, Vanderbilt University and the Cumberland School of Law. LGWM accepts resumes from students who attend schools we do not visit. For more information, contact our recruiting shareholder, John Webb, at (205) 967-8822 or jwebb@lgwmlaw.com.

SUMMER PROGRAM

Our goal at LGWM is to provide Summer Associates with a personal experience in the practice of law. LGWM involves its Summer Associates in every aspect of our cases, including client meetings, interviewing witnesses, legal research, assisting with deposition preparation and attending depositions, writing motions and briefs, and attending hearings, mediations, arbitrations, and trials. We believe at LGWM that it is important for our Summer Associates to get to know our attorneys and their families. The Firm plans summer activities to provide Summer Associates an opportunity to get to know our lawyers and their families. From our annual Baron’s baseball game, to rides on the Talladega Super Speedway, to several get-togethers scheduled in our attorneys' homes, our Summer Associates are given a flavor for the lighter side of LGWM. The summer program at LGWM takes place from May through July of each year. LGWM believes that Summer Associates should be with us for at least six weeks during the summer. Summer Associates who have completed one year of law school are paid $900.00 per week; those who have completed two years of law school are paid $1,100.00 a week.

LATERAL HIRES

LGWM traditionally hires first year associates from our Summer Program. However, as needs arise, LGWM also makes lateral offers to candidates with degrees from accredited law schools, with experience in litigation, who exhibit strong research and writing skills, and have experience in oral advocacy. Resumes for lateral hires should be directed to our recruiting shareholder, John Webb, at jwebb@lgwmlaw.com.

COMPENSATION

LGWM provides highly competitive compensation for its Associates.  Associate salaries are reviewed annually, and salary increases are made based on performance. Compensation is subject to modification, amendment, or termination at anytime.

BENEFITS

LGWM offers the following benefits to its Associates:
  • Medical and Dental Insurance - The Firm pays 80% of the medical and dental insurance premium for Associates for individual or family coverage. Associates are responsible for 20% of the medical and dental insurance premium for individual or family coverage.
  • Life Insurance - The Firm provides each Associate with a $50,000.00 group life insurance policy at the time of employment.
  • Disability Insurance - The Firm pays for a group long term disability plan that includes Associates.
  • 401(k) Plan - Associates are eligible to participate in the Firm’s 401(k) plan as of January 1 or July 1 following completion of one year of employment. The Firm in the past has made annual contributions to the 401(k) Plan on behalf of the Associates.
  • Medical Cafeteria Plan – The Firm offers to Associates the opportunity to make pre-tax contributions to a Medical Cafeteria Plan, from which pre-tax contributions may be used to pay medical and dental insurance expenses not covered by medical or dental insurance.
  • Dependent Care Cafeteria Plan – The Firm offers to Associates the opportunity to make pre-tax contributions to a Dependent Care Cafeteria Plan, from which pre-tax contributions may be used to pay for dependent care.
  • Other Insurance – The Firm offers Associates the opportunity to purchase eye/vision insurance for themselves and their families. The Firm pays 50% of the premium for the Associate’s eye/vision insurance.
  • Bar Licenses – The Firm pays each Associate’s yearly Alabama Bar License Fee.
  • Continuing Legal Education - The Firm pays for each Associate to take twelve (12) hours of continuing legal education each year so that Associates can meet Alabama State Bar continuing legal education requirements.
  • Holidays – The Firm recognizes New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as holidays. The Firm is closed on holidays.

Benefits are subject to modification, amendment, or termination at anytime.