A top-tier reputation, unmatched level of collegiality and mutual respect, diversity of thought and background, and an expectation of excellence—that’s our Cleary culture.

Our global footprint and integrated structure allow us to deliver the most cutting edge and innovative solutions for our clients’ most challenging issues.  When you meet our lawyers, you’ll notice a difference in the way we operate as a firm and work with each other.

“I appreciate the efforts and resources Cleary commits to training its lawyers and fostering a workplace where diverse viewpoints are encouraged and engaged. Our culture allows our lawyers to develop individual styles without compromising on the focus of delivering an excellent work product.” 

Associate, New York


At Cleary, we believe the lockstep compensation model brings out the best in our lawyers and our firm. Every associate and partner is compensated on the basis of seniority, not hours billed or business generated. We don’t spend our time assigning credit for matters, and focus instead on teamwork and the pursuit of excellence for our clients.

This structure also allows us to concentrate our efforts on assisting and training junior associates, and collaborate across practice groups to best serve our clients. When you have questions, there are lawyers at all levels of seniority ready and willing to guide you. This collegiality is a cornerstone of our culture at Cleary. 

“I came to Cleary because it felt like a place I could work on cutting-edge legal issues with people I genuinely liked, in an environment that encouraged me to both excel professionally and be myself. My years at Cleary have proven that my first impression was exactly right.”

Associate, New York


When you join Cleary, you’re given substantive assignments and significant responsibilities right away while working closely with a team. Associates have an active role in nurturing existing client relationships, and in developing new ones. With 90% of our global partnership having joined the firm as associates, you’ll always have the support and guidance of home-grown Cleary lawyers.