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Irwin IP is regularly identified as a Best Law Firm. This is not a surprise to us. As a smaller firm, our success and the success of our clients starts with our firm’s culture, driven by our desire for Excellence, Integrity, and Success:
Our culture is instilled through mentoring. As a smaller firm, our attorneys find mentorship organically as they interact with their colleagues. To compliment the natural mentor-mentee relationships that occur in our firm, we also have a formal mentorship program. Each new attorney at Irwin IP is partnered with an experienced member of the firm. The goal is that each mentor-mentee pairing will meet several times a year to discuss the mentee’s successes and challenges and to allow the mentor to provide career guidance and advice. In addition, our summer associates are paired with a mentor attorney to introduce the summer associates to our firm culture, ease the transition from law school to practice, and ensure that the summer associates have a sounding board for their questions.
To ensure a culture of personal and professional growth of each attorney, Irwin IP has a dedicated Director of Professional and Business Development. Irwin IP assists every associate in creating and annually updating their own professional and business development plan based on their individual interests and career goals. These plans serve as clear guidance for our attorneys as they transverse and navigate their career. These plans help ensure that associates get exposed to all areas and stages of IP litigation as their experience grows. These plans also help associates become thought leaders and begin developing their own client relationships through actions such as co-authoring scholarly articles, attending and presenting at tradeshows and legal conferences, and being substantively involved in new client pitches. We highly encourage our attorneys to be active in their communities and committed to social justice and assist them every step of the way.
Our culture is supportive, collegial, and collaborative. Better work is done by happy attorneys, and at Irwin IP, we take the business of fun very seriously. With an official Irwin IP Party Planning Committee (the PPC!), we regularly host spectacular events (if we do say so ourselves), including:
Our culture values giving back to our community above and beyond our strong commitment for each attorney to provide significant pro bono legal services. We also strive to give back by participating in various volunteer events and activities throughout the greater Chicago community. Each year, we host two firmwide volunteer events, one in the summer and one in the fall. We also encourage our employees to donate their time and talents to causes about which they are passionate. Our staff and attorneys consistently log time with The Alliance for the Great Lakes, Feed My Starving Children, Connections for the Homeless, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository to name a few.
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Our culture creates a lifestyle firm, and we recognize that a good attorney is one with a healthy and fulfilling personal life. To encourage a healthy work-life balance we: