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. 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.