Our Survey Says
Be ready to show a genuine interest in environmental law if you want to work at Beveridge & Diamond, as the topic will come up in your interviews. The firm has a collaborative atmosphere, including across offices—even staff are included in social events—and associates feel respected by most partners. Beveridge & Diamond provides substantive training through BDU, which is considered very helpful, and assigns two mentors intended to help associates navigate their work and firm life—although associates note that the value of this depends on the investment level of the assigned mentors. Work is substantive, and assignment distribution is generally centralized, which associates appreciate. The firm is generally flexible about work-from-home, especially with the pandemic, though associates feel the billable hour requirement is high for the compensation offered. The process for making partner (or shareholder) is considered unclear, and the firm does not always explain management decisions to the degree associates would like. However, associates still feel that partnership is available for those who want it, especially as this is an expressly stated position of the firm. The firm provides a technology stipend, as well as providing a home office stipend at the start of the pandemic, and offers a wellness lecture series and a subsidy for gym memberships. Beveridge & Diamond credits 100 hours of pro bono time to billable requirements—which can be extended as needed—and associates note a strong firm interest in pro bono asylum and immigration-related cases. The firm is Mansfield certified, and has shown a genuine interest in increasing diversity at all levels through recent hiring and promotion decisions.
Since our founding, B&D strives for leadership in environmental law and litigation, and to build our practice in these areas at a level with – or exceeding – those of other firms, including large global firms whom clients sometimes also entrust with their most sophisticated environmental and litigation matters.
At the same time, we strive to set ourselves apart from these firms with respect to our culture and approach to practice. Specifically, we seek to ensure we never lose sight of the value we place on our individual lawyers and staff, and their lives outside the workplace. We reward collegiality, collaboration, commitment to the firm and its clients, entrepreneurship and mastery of evolving issues in environmental practice, training and mentoring, diversity of perspective, and the pursuit of justice.
Our work is not complete in these areas. We constantly seek to refine our approach and respond to client needs and evolutions in environmental practice, and work with clients on cutting-edge ways to improve business in an environmentally-conscious manner. However, we affirm our continued commitment to investing in our people and to setting ourselves apart from other firms as we navigate the tidal wave of change in the global economy and legal profession.
1900 N Street NW
Washington, DC, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 789-6000
Chair: Kathy Szmuszkovicz
Managing Partner: Marc Goldstein
Hiring Partners: Jayni Lanham and Kaitlyn Shannon
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
100 - 150
No. of Partners Named 2022:
1st year: $180,000
Summer associate: $3,400/week
Attorney Recruitment Manager
No. of U.S. Offices: 7
No. of International Offices: 0
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC (HQ)
International Environmental Law
Natural Resources and Project Development
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.