Experienced Lawyers

Overview

What We Offer

With a global reach, national reputation in key industries and practices, and a strong client focus, Faegre Baker Daniels is a place for experienced lawyers to expand their practices and the services they deliver to clients.

We offer:

  • Challenging, sophisticated legal work for top clients
  • Opportunity to work on dynamic, collaborative teams
  • Time for family and outside interests
  • Support to deepen community involvement (up to 100 billable hours of pro bono time/year)

Who We’re Seeking

We welcome lawyers with the skills and dedication to maintain our reputation of high-quality service. Laterals who are entrepreneurial, ambitious, team-oriented, and enthusiastic about growing our large client base will thrive at FaegreBD.

Who We Work With

We serve top clients, including many Fortune 500 companies, and focus on client service and results. Our multidisciplinary industry teams provide clients with a deep understanding of their business processes and needs across services.

Career Development

A Smooth Transition

When you join FaegreBD, you will have the connections and information you need to succeed. We support lateral colleagues during their transition to the firm through a tailored, formal orientation or mentoring program. You will be introduced to designated points of contact to help you integrate into our firm and your practice group. Our lateral lawyers report feeling fully supported from the outset and warmly welcomed by helpful colleagues.

Building Your Career

We support lawyer development through each career stage, emphasizing:
  • Practice and technical skill proficiency
  • Development of behavioral competencies
  • Understanding the business of operating a law firm
  • Business development
  • Client service

Collaborative Learning

Our advisor program pairs senior lawyers with associates to provide support and guidance, while our collaborative environment encourages peer-to-peer mentoring at every level.

What Our People Say

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Why did you choose to join Faegre Baker Daniels?

“When presented with several employment opportunities after a career sabbatical, including going back in-house, I thought deeply about both what I wanted in a job (a dynamic work environment that allows me to solve complex legal, compliance and operational issues with colleagues who are leaders in their fields and also nice people to work with) and what job would allow me to continue to devote time to everything that makes my life complete (serving on nonprofit boards, teaching, volunteering, traveling and above all, family). The answer was fairly easy — Faegre Baker Daniels delivered on all of that.

“During our conversations about potentially joining the firm, FaegreBD continued coming to the table showing me why they would value my expertise in the investment management field AND everything else that I do for the community. They were thoughtful and committed in their approach to recruiting me, and I was impressed by the sensitivity with which they approached my wish to stay at home with my son until after his first birthday. It boils down to this - they made me feel like "all of me" would be joining them as a partner; not just ‘lawyer Emma’.”

-Emma Rodriguez-Ayala (Corporate, Chicago)


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How did it feel to join Faegre Baker Daniels and adapt to a different firm culture?

“From day one at FaegreBD, I felt welcomed, at home and fully supported. The collaborative nature of the firm's lawyers toward client development and service impressed me immediately. Within my first week at the firm, several partners reached out to introduce me to their clients in order to strengthen the client relationships and showcase the firm’s new California capabilities. I was invited not only to participate on client teams but to become personally invested in strengthening the firm’s client relationships. The support and enthusiasm I have enjoyed in introducing clients to my new FaegreBD colleagues have also been fabulous. Cross-office work is a strong aspect of FaegreBD’s culture, and my visits to other FaegreBD offices always left me impressed by how excited the firm is about the new LA office. It’s clear that leadership was committed to making my move successful for both me and for the firm. Perhaps just as important as the above, I have yet to meet a lawyer at FaegreBD who I wouldn’t want to have a beer with. I am thrilled to have joined this fantastic firm filled with first-rate lawyers with sophisticated practices and great clients.”

-Tarifa Laddon (Product Liability and Environmental, Los Angeles)


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How did you transition your practice to FaegreBD? What support did you receive?

“Continuous, high-quality client service was my top goal when I considered moving to FaegreBD. Before agreeing to the move, I ensured the firm had the legal capabilities and operational infrastructure to meet clients’ needs – and FaegreBD supported that. The patent practice leader identified associates who had both capability and capacity to work with me so clients would have support from day one until we hired additional associates. I personally interviewed the associates so I could assure clients that they would have high-quality service. On the operational side, the practice leader worked with IT to transition over 600 files. The IT team was incredibly helpful and arranged a system that replicated the tools of sophisticated tech clients and provided even better support than they were receiving at my prior firm. We were able to adopt clients’ electronic billing software as well.

“FaegreBD has experience coordinating transitions for clients, attorneys and staff and made the process very smooth. They worked with me to do the homework and make arrangements before the move so that once I made the switch, I could assure clients that we were prepared to make the transition virtually seamless.”

-Chris Reckamp (Intellectual Property, Chicago)


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You recently joined the partnership. What prepared you for this career milestone?

“I’ve been fortunate to spend my whole career at Faegre Baker Daniels, and in that time to learn from colleagues what it means not just to be an attorney but an owner in the business. With the support of my fellow attorneys, I have had the opportunity to hone my legal skills and broaden my business acumen to prepare me for moving into a partnership role.”

-Treasa Burke (Real Estate, Denver)


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How well has the firm’s leave policy accommodated your needs? How did you handle off-ramping and on-ramping?

“Through FaegreBD’s generous paid child care leave program and supportive culture, I spent two weeks with my family after the birth of each of my children (the firm offers up to 10 weeks paid and 14 weeks for birth mothers). This time allowed me to more fully appreciate this extraordinary experience and to support my wife and children during the most challenging days of having a new baby at home. My colleagues respected my time away, shielding me from internal obligations while I was out and kindly stepping in when I was emailing them from the delivery room with requests to pick up work when my child was born a week early. The firm provided prorated billable credit for my time away, so I was able to return without a penalty from a billable perspective and without feeling like I was disconnected from my work.”

-Dan Lechleiter (Intellectual Property, Indianapolis)


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What has your experience been collaborating with your new FaegreBD colleagues?

“Since joining FaegreBD I’ve been consistently impressed with my partners’ eagerness to collaborate with me. Anytime I’ve had a need or opportunity that required the support of professionals in different substantive specialties, my partners have risen to the occasion and exceeded my expectations. When my partners need my expertise, credit flows freely. It’s a fantastic environment in which to practice.”

-Nora Tauke Schweighart (Finance & Restructuring, Chicago)


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How has a firm mentor benefited your career at FaegreBD?

“Firm mentors have impacted every aspect of my practice. Mentors have provided me with opportunities to develop my advocacy skills in a number of ways, including by playing leading roles in trial and at hearings early in my career. They have given me honest and helpful advice and guidance along the way. One key lesson I have learned from them is that to be happy and successful in the law you must be able to maintain perspective and take a long-term view of your legal career. I am grateful for all of the support I have received.”

-Larry LaTarte (Business Litigation, Minneapolis)


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