By Ben Boyd, National Hiring Partner, and Diane Ross, Director of Legal Recruiting
Hello from me, Ben Boyd, the National Hiring Partner at DLA Piper. Diane Ross, our Director of Legal Recruiting, and I are thrilled (while a bit skittish) to welcome you to our new blog devoted to legal careers at DLA Piper.
My legal career has had just one stop, at Piper & Marbury - one of our predecessor firms - right here in Washington, DC. It was the go-go 80s, and the firm took a chance on a University of Arkansas law student who was ill prepared but eager. I fell in love with DC and the firm – we have always had great people – and I never looked back. Twenty-four years later, I could not be happier with my big decision to join the firm. When I joined as a first-year litigation associate, the firm was made up of a little over 100 lawyers, and today, by way of some big mergers (see our timeline), we now have over 70 offices in over 30 countries and boast a roster of over 4,200 attorneys. If only my stock portfolio had grown by 4,000% during that same time!
In 2005, I took on the job of DLA Piper’s National Hiring Partner. Each year, Diane and I, and our team of energetic recruiters across the country, search for the best law students and invite them to participate in our great summer programs. We measure their merit and have some fun along the way. We also actively hire lateral partners and associates and our team works hard to find the right fit for lawyers looking to change their career paths. We feel lucky to meet and work with so many talented law students and lawyers each and every day.