Work where you work best
how we work
Our lawyers should work from wherever they do their best work. That’s why all of our U.S. lawyers, including first-year associates, can work from anywhere in the country indefinitely.
Over the past couple of years, our lawyers have mastered the art of collaborating remotely and at the highest levels—without sacrificing camaraderie or the free sharing of ideas.
Revamped training and mentorship programs.
We’re dedicated to maintaining the firm’s culture and developing our lawyers by transforming our training programs, ramping up mentoring, and increasing offsite gatherings for groups of attorneys.
We will rely on these steps and on remote technologies to ensure new associates are integrated into the firm’s culture regardless of their location.
Come into the office if you wish, or never at all.
All attorneys will have an “office base” where they are welcome to come in and collaborate together on things such as:
- In-person meetings
- Team building
- Trial preparation
However, there is no requirement to come into the office, ever.
Opening up opportunities.
We are committed to hiring the most outstanding lawyers possible, so why should where you live limit your career possibilities?
Besides letting our lawyers work from anywhere in the U.S. indefinitely, we are dedicated to recruiting and hiring new associates who live in places where the firm does not have an office.
Want to know more?
Will I ever have to set foot in an office?
Only if your client work requires you to. We might want new employees to come in and spend some time initially and on a temporary basis for orientation and onboarding. Once all set up and running, they can work from wherever they do their best work.
Under this new policy, incoming associates will be affiliated with one of our U.S. office locations but won't need to practice there in person. That means everyone can work from anywhere in the country.
What if I want to come into an office?
If you want to work from an office, you are welcome to! It's entirely up to you when and how often you want to come in to an office to work.
We are reimagining how we use our office spaces, and they will still be available for in-person meetings, team building, and trial preparation, as needed and if desired.
How can you allow everyone to work remotely?
We have never required office “face time,” just as we have never had a dress code. In that sense, the pandemic required no cultural adjustment. We were pioneers in remote work, launching global initiatives that allowed associates to work at locations around the world years before the pandemic.
In addition, since March 2020, our lawyers have mastered the art of collaborating remotely and at the highest levels—without sacrificing the quality of our work, camaraderie or the free sharing of ideas.
We want to lean into this to expand the door of opportunity to those looking to practice law at our firm. By adopting this policy, we make it possible to recruit outstanding lawyers who might not necessarily want to live within commuting distance of one of our U.S. offices.
How do you plan to overhaul training and mentorship?
While the details are still being ironed out, we will rely on remote technologies to ensure new associates are integrated into the firm’s culture regardless of their location.
We will leverage remote technologies for training and mentorship programs and have plans to increase offsite gatherings for groups of attorneys. Even with a spread-out team, we want people to understand that they are part of a larger firm.
What are the bar admission requirements of WFA?
Incoming associates still must be hired by and affiliated with an existing office but can work from anywhere in the United States. You will need to have bar admission in the home state of your affiliated office.
What are the legal requirements of WFA?
The Quinn Emanuel policy applies to any lawyer in the U.S. and is subject to applicable tax, bar admission, and other legal requirements.
Please contact us for additional details.