When You Join Varnum
Supporting Your Success
When you join Varnum, a LANDing (Lateral Attorney Networking and Development) team of three attorneys who are well connected within the firm works with you to ensure your successful professional, social and cultural integration. You also will work with a Practice Management Leader who will provide high-level support and guidance throughout your career with the firm.
That kind of teamwork is an important tenet of our culture. Teams form around practices, clients, industries and community endeavors to generate success for our clients and for our firm.
We allocate resources to ensure that opportunities are realized, such as:
- Client development, CLE and membership dues budgets for each attorney
- Financial contributions to the organizations where attorneys volunteer their time, and to events that support and promote diversity in the communities where we live and work
- Strong support departments including human resources, attorney recruiting and professional development, technology, marketing and accounting
Once your plans to join the firm are finalized, the HR team will lay the groundwork to ensure your smooth landing at Varnum. An HR representative will contact you to determine your start date and learn about your specific needs including hardware, software, and administrative support. They will also ensure that your office space and furnishings are ready upon your arrival, and schedule a thorough, two-day orientation of the firm.
Your contacts are the lifeblood of your practice, and Varnum's network team works to ensure that this contact information is available for use upon your first day at the firm. Your office phone and email account are also fully functional upon your first day at the office, along with your office-provided computer. During your first week at the firm, you will receive basic training in our software applications with follow-up training and Help Desk support as needed. Laptop users have remote access to the office network from any location.
Our marketing department works quickly to create your professional profile and web page to ensure your presence is fully established when you begin working at Varnum. Varnum provides a budget for your client development activities such as lunches, dinners, industry-specific events and other entertainment with clients, and a fully-staffed marketing department to provide you with business development coaching, RFP responses, pitches and custom marketing materials. Marketing also promotes the firm through professional advertising campaigns, directory participation and media relations, and provides support and structure for Varnum events.
Varnum's Legal Support Services department - LSS - works weekdays after regular business hours and on Saturdays, providing support for projects and tasks that couldn't be completed during regular business hours. Briefs, mailings, large copy projects, and large document management projects (such as for trials) are all in a day's (or evening's) work for our LSS team. Made up of experienced legal secretaries in all practice areas, the LSS team also regularly provides support with electronic filings, electronic discovery, time entry, and transcription.
Our Central Services department provides a variety of services to meet the needs of both our attorneys and secretaries. Attorneys new to the firm who bring client files can be assured that our file room staff will expertly incorporate these records into Varnum's document management system for ease of billing, storage and retrieval. Our service center staff also provides copying, scanning and binding services using state of the art technology, as well as specialized litigation support, including e-discovery through web-based document review and management software.