Husch Blackwell

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Husch Blackwell Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
12 Reviews
2.5
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Boutique vs. Smidgen

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    Former Employee - LAA in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - LAA in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great training, Help Desk always available, IT and accounting excellent. Good pay (also a con for staff).

    Cons

    Little to no advancement for staff. One title covers all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Multiple offices in various cities should be evaluated/comparable to a similar firm across the street (benefits): Salary, hours, PTO, holidays, bonus, educational reimbursement. Experienced/dedicated staff should also be considered a valuable asset. Watch the professionals for abusing Office Policies not staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worse than other big firms

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The salary is the only pro.

    Cons

    This firm is poorly organized, does not care about training or retaining associates, and is opaque about its financial health. 2013 was a bad year for the firm, many believe because partners wasted a lot of time with the poorly planned restructuring that is revamping the firm as "industry-focused." Stealth layoffs for associates and salaried partners were common, with many people who had years of good performance reviews being fired for "poor performance" because there was not enough work to go around. The St. Louis office is particularly dysfunctional, and many talented partners have left in the last few years for firms that pay more and offer more rewards for client development. Morale is a serious problem; I have never worked at a place where misery was so common - it trickles down from abusive equity partners to hopeless salaried partners and finally to disenfranchised and frustrated associates. Working here was the worst job I could possibly imagine, and I sincerely hope to see this firm go the way of Dewey. If you are a young attorney reading this, I recommend going to a smaller firm, even if the pay is lower. The persistent mistreatment of associates may sour you on practicing law altogether, and having worked at other firms, I can say from experience that this environment is atypical. My friends who left HB for other firms have all reported being much happier. I cannot stress this enough - do not work here. Or if you must given the legal market, keep looking for other opportunities while you work here because you're in a precarious situation, even if you don't realize it. There is a robust network of former HB attorneys who are now at other firms and who actively try to rescue people from this terrible firm. Seek it out, find it, and tap into it. It could save you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink your plan of focusing mostly on equity partners and junior associates (who you will burn out and promptly replace) and consider the long-term importance of fostering people's careers and making them want to stay and contribute to the firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Corporate world

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    Current Employee - Staff Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Staff Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Husch Blackwell full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers, convenient location, free soda. Attorney side seems to be doing well.

    Cons

    No promotional track for staff. Overload with middle managers who cannot perform the duties of those they are supervising. Duties of real job often not the job advertised. The "Good old boy" system lives on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut some of that middle management and hire to the actual jobs. Promote from the inside. Have a real staff that can preform the real duties instead of staffing to meet some business model theory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    No Core Values = No Morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not much, really. When morale is so low, it is hard to see the positive.

    Cons

    The merger between Blackwell Sanders and Husch & Eppenberger killed the highly respected and well-run Blackwell Sanders firm. A once collegial environment turned to blood sport as the Husch attorneys thirst for “control” pervaded. Overall, a power-hungry group who are arrogant and disrespectful and who do not care who they crush along the way – even their own colleagues. It was the most demoralizing experience working at the “new” firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The firm is no longer under the leadership of Dave Fenley. If it were, I would have a much better review.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Disappointing in that the benefit of a large firm were not accessible to everyone.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Husch Blackwell

    Pros

    For a highly motivated young attorney, this could be a firm for you.

    Cons

    Management does not appreciate attorneys who are outside the box of what this firm thinks an attorney looks and acts like.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    One of the worst companies for Welsh & Katz, Ltd. to have merged with

    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great if you can work without job security and don't mind being micromanaged

    Cons

    Merge pitfall: a decent boutique IP firm got swallowed up by general law. Positions eliminated to promote numbers balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have treated people as part of the "team" instead of excess baggage, not just by billable hours or by how many people assigned to work for

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome perks and benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Conflicts Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Conflicts Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, friendly management, awesome perks and decent pay.

    Cons

    Thankless work, rude attorneys, lots of overtime, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Disrespectful and arrogant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits; professional administrative management; some good work opportunities; good administrative, IT and accounting support; high-end office space (although also a con for overhead).

    Cons

    Management of some professional staff is performed by attorneys with no management background or training. Leadership is perceived as arrogant and disrespectful. High overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management training for all personnel in management positions. Dedicated management and professional development personnel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paralegal II in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Paralegal II in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Opportunities to break into legal with no experience
    - Friendly employees

    Cons

    - Oversell opportunities for clerks to move to paralegals
    - Long hours sometimes required

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Selling newcomers on advancement opportunities then not delivering does not foster good will.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Different but the same

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Attorney in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Husch Blackwell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many brilliant attorneys in a wide variety of specialties. For the most part, the support staff are very helpful and willing to do what it takes to meet a client's needs.

    Cons

    Coming from the Blackwell Sanders side, the Husch side had little appreciation for the qualitative aspects of the specialties developed and maintained in Blackwell. The firm merged simply to get bigger, not better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The change of leadership is helpful, but too much has been done under the prior leaders' hands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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