Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto

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Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. Very professional, average work load, somewhat "unfriendly" atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lovely offices and building, easy access to location, decent room for advancement

    Cons

    Not enough direction or support from superiors; compensation could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support needed for attorneys

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Company is deteriorating fast

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    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto

    Pros

    Free soda and snacks, coffee, nice deck

    Cons

    Not enough training for staff and attorneys; great staff/attorney divide; little career growth; people with seniority do not respect associates and staff... lots of favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training, respect every employee. Move to a smaller facility where everyone can see each other, have less of a divide

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. A stepping stone and nothing more...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The office culture probably the best b\c majority of the people do work together. You will also get a chance to learn about different things.

    Cons

    Management is the worst of all time which cause moral to be at a low and getting even lower.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to run a business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Firm on its way down

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto full-time

    Pros

    Good patent litigation opportunities
    Nice office space
    Opportunities to work with experienced mentors

    Cons

    Some of the managing partners are callous individuals who run the firm as if they were emperors, subjecting attorneys and legal staff down the rung to meaningless activities at their whim.
    Strict hierarchy; many associates intimidated by senior partners; low morale
    Drop in revenue, lost business to larger peers
    Job security is poor - several layoffs over the last year and no-offers to 1/3 of the summer associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. FCHS Review

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    Former Employee - Records Clerk in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Records Clerk in New York, NY

    I worked at Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment. good support staff. good benefits.

    Cons

    management needs to be more approachable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more accomodating

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Ok.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ok pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    Management, very low employee morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Good learning experience, on what NOT to do

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto full-time

    Pros

    They have a very good benefits program. Healthcare and 401K are both top-notch. They always seem to have a large number of trial every year.

    Cons

    Work flow among paralegals is not evenly divided. Once an attorneys realize you have some idea of what you're doing, they latch onto you and bring you onto their other cases. It's entirely possible you will work on 8-10 cases at one time while another paralegal on the other side of your "cube" will be working on the NY Time crossword puzzle.

    The firm hasn't hired a single paralegal in about 2-3 years, even though they have lost 6-9 paralegals in that time. It should also be known that the firm is extremely cheap, expect a well below market value offer, the firm will only increase your base salary between $500-$2,500. You can bill for over 1900 hours in consecutive years and they will still only give you $2,500 because as a whole, the paralegal department is not profitable to the firm. Annual bonuses come in around $500-$3,500 depending on how much money the firm waste on their partners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The firm will continue to lose money if they continue to write-off time and disbursements because their clients wouldn't pay. None of their new partners of the last 2-3 years have any clients to bring in new business and there is no chance a laterally partner would every come to the firm. If they ever lost any of their pharma work, the firm wouldn't survive more than 2-3 years before they disband or becomes acquired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Previously a great boutique but on the way down

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, a few great lawyers, Free soda, great health benefits. A few associates receive great work opportunities. Top firm for practicing pharmaceutical patent litigation.

    Cons

    Mismanaged; has grown significantly but is still managed like a much smaller firm. Formal policies are ignored by the partnership and work environment is very laissez-faire. This leads to an inequitable and non-meritorious distribution of work. This severely affects the career trajectory of junior associates. Some receive excellent work, some receive mostly doc review, paralegal-type work, or even none at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formal policies need to be put in place and existing policies need to be followed in practice by the partnership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Ok if you want a peek in the IP law field but don't expect any special treatment

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto

    Pros

    In my experience the people were very nice. Getting time off wasn't difficult. It was a good experience as far as learning what exactly goes into the litigation process

    Cons

    The pay is horrible especially taking into consideration that you're located in NYC. There is a clear difference in the treatment of the lawyers and the support staff in general. We had to finance our own parties while the attorneys had all kinds of perks. The hours were long but that's expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your paralegals more. Take the time to get to know them and respect the amount of hours they put into their jobs. Stop skimping on things like office parties and professional development for everyone but the attorneys.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Making photocopies

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    Former Employee - Paralegal
    Former Employee - Paralegal

    I worked at Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto

    Pros

    Very nice and impressive new offices, outdoor terrace that is fun in the summer time, and snacks in the afternoon.

    Cons

    The management and attorneys treat the paralegals as the elf's who are told what to do, expected not to think, speak or get in the way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your entire staff with respect and equality- this includes the paralegals, secretaries, copy center, mailmen, and cleaning people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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