So many choices: I could imagine many options for the start of my legal career after various internships and stages of my federal law clerkship: joining a large law firm, working as in-house counsel for a major corporation, doing business consulting work, becoming an executive assistant at a DAX-listed corporation, etc. Yet, I ultimately decided to start my legal career at honert + partner, a boutique law firm specializing in M&A and tax law – a decision I definitely would make again if I had to.
“Having a good personality as an attorney is more important than being an expert on § 145 of the Stock Corporation Act.”
When I had my job interview at honert + partner, they used this statement to illustrate one of the major benefits of working at their law firm and the significant differences between working at honert + partner and working for a large law firm. Having worked at honert + partner for several years now, I can confirm that this statement is true. While large law firms often emphasize specialization in a narrow field of expertise, a boutique law firm like honert + partner, if only due to its small size, provides new attorneys with an opportunity to gain deep insights into client matters. After an early “baptism by fire” new associates soon work directly – and independently – with clients on a daily basis. It is certainly a prerequisite that young attorneys be eager to take on responsibility in order to earn the trust and confidence the partners place in them. Even working for a boutique law firm is not a nine-to-five job. Some projects may require working late into the night. Unlike at many large law firms, however, there is no “face time” at honert + partner. When your work is done or your workload is less between two projects, there is no obligation to be constantly in the office just for the sake of being there.