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2022 DIVERSITY DATABASE UNDERWRITER Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

At a Glance

Uppers

“The people at Womble are fantastic to work with, the work is sophisticated, partnership is a realistic goal, and it is possible to maintain a healthy work-life balance.”

“Not getting crushed with work 24/7, realistic expectations.”

Downers

“Lack of mentoring, compensation, lack of transparency re: firm operations and promotion.”

“Compensation and transparency regarding promotions.”

About Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

The transatlantic Womble Bond Dickinson came to be in 2017 through the combination of the U.S.’s Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and the U.K.’s Bond Dickinson. The combining firms each have roots that date back to the 19th Century. Womble Bond Dickinson focuses on energy and natural resources, financial institutions, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, retail and consumer, transportation and infrastructure, life sciences, pharma, communications and technology, private wealth, and healthcare sectors. The combined firm now has 26 offices in the U.K. and U.S. (including the firm’s newest office in Houston), with more than 1,000 attorneys, placing Womble Bond Dickinson among the AmLaw100. 

Womble Carlyle

Founded in 1876 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the firm that would become Womble Carlyle operated from a single office in Winston-Salem for more than a century. B.S. Womble joined the firm in 1907 and in 1923 Irving E. Carlyle joined the firm after a short stint as the basketball and baseball coach of Wake Forest. In the 1980s, Womble Carlyle began expanding outside Winston-Salem, establishing offices in Raleigh in 1982 and Charlotte in 1984. Through the 1990s, Womble Carlyle added offices in South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, California, and Washington, DC. In 2011, Womble Carlyle and South Carolina’s Buist Moore merged to form the largest law firm in both Carolinas, growing the firm to more than 550 attorneys.

Bond Dickinson

The Dickinson wing of the firm traces its roots back to through five generations of Dickinsons to Robert Dickinson who set up his law practice in London’s Royal Arcade in 1859. The firm would later move to Newcastle and be run by his grandson (also called Robert Dickinson), a former high jumper who competed in the 1924 Paris Olympics. A great-great-grandson of the founding Dickinson, Alexander Dickinson, is a partner in the firm today. In 1975, the firm, then known as Dickinson Miller & Turnbull merged with Dees & Thompson Griffith & Co, which traces its roots back to 1786, to form Dickinson Dees. The Bond name in the letterhead comes from Bond Pearce, a Plymouth-based firm that merged with Dickinson in 2013 to form Bond Dickinson.

COVID-19 Update

Womble has continued to interview as many candidates as pre-COVID with the use of technology. Our firm has utilized WebEx to keep meetings moving and the recruiting has been resilient. The technology means that recruiting is often faster and cheaper than before COVID as we now know that we can communicate very clearly through the technology and get a glimpse into a person’s personal lives as well.

Our summer program was the most challenging recruiting endeavor to handle remotely. The purpose of that program is to mentor and learn about a law student’s legal skill set and personal relationship acumen. While we successfully completed last summer’s program, we are thankful that the program will be back in person this summer.

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

One West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 721-3600

Firm Stats

CEO and Chair: Betty Temple
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2021:
18
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1,850 for associates, 1,800 otherwise

Base Salary

Salaries not disclosed by firm.

Employment Contact

Victoria Taylor
Director, Diversity & Professional Development
704.350-6341
Victoria.Taylor@wbd-us.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 19

No. of International Offices: 7

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Baltimore, MD
Boston, MA
Charleston, SC
Charlotte, NC
Charlottesville, VA
Columbia, SC
Durham, NC
Greensboro, NC
Greenville, SC
Houston, TX
Irvine, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Palo Alto, CA
Raleigh, NC
Tysons, VA
Washington, DC
Wilmington, DE
Winston-Salem, NC (HQ) I Bristol
Edinburgh
Leeds
London
Newcastle
Plymouth
Southampton

Major Departments

Corporate
Litigation
*See firm’s website for complete list of practices and industries.