When You Join Varnum
When you join Varnum, a team of attorneys works with you to ensure your successful professional, social and cultural integration. Your Lateral Attorney Networking and Development team, or LANDing team, is made up of three attorneys who are well-connected within the firm and committed to your success. LANDing Team members are responsible for:
- Introducing you to a cross-section of the firm and assisting you in developing relationships with other Varnum attorneys.
- Ensuring that you receive proper marketing, secretarial and technical support.
- Serving as your host at firm social functions.
- Planning regular lunches outside the office with you and a cross section of attorneys from the firm.
- Meeting with you on a quarterly basis to address your needs.
- Arranging social events outside the office.
Members of the LANDing team serve as your guides for at least 18 months and longer if needed or requested.
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.
Varnum's marketing department works quickly to create your professional profile and web page to ensure your presence is fully established on the day you begin working at Varnum. If desired, a professional announcement is prepared for your contacts, and a press release announcing your addition to the firm is sent to appropriate media as well as other organizations you wish to inform. In addition to print and web materials, Varnum's marketing department provides support and structure for events ranging from receptions with hundreds of attendees to specific initiatives for a more focused audience. Professional advertising campaigns, directory participation, media and client relations, RFP responses and client pitches are all supported by the Marketing department.
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.