K&L Gates Adds ‘Mini-MBA’ Offering for Associates

Feb. 11, 2020, 12:59 PM

K&L Gates is taking a page out of some Wall Street firms’ playbooks and launching a “mini-MBA” program to build its associates’ business skills.

Talent War: While most Big Law firms pay their associates on a similar scale, competition has been heating up around the perks firms provide their junior lawyers. Executive-style business training has been a popular offering among high-profit Wall Street firms.

Repeat Cycle: Some firms launched associate training programs in 2011 after cost-conscious general counsel complained about the high price of first-year lawyers. Similar grumbling took place after a round of associate salary hikes in 2018. Roy Strom has the story.


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Ogletree Deakins added shareholders Paloma Peracchio and Mitch Wrosch in its Los Angeles and Orange County offices from Burke, Williams & Sorensen LLP, and Donald (Doni) Bulea joins as shareholder in Cleveland | Troutman Sanders’ Charlotte office added partners William Mayberry, Jason Evans and Joshua Davey to its Business Litigation practice from McGuireWoods | Simpson Thacher & Bartlett hired legal technologist and innovation evangelist Oz Benamram from White & Case; he’ll serve as the firm’s first chief knowledge and innovation officer | Morgan Lewis expanded its worklaw group grabbing Sidley Austin’s labor and employment practice head Ami Wynne and litigator Jonathan Lotsoff in Chicago | Cole Schotz said that Seth Van Aalten has joined its Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring practice in New York from Cooley LLP | Holland & Knight has expanded its Florida offices, adding Alaine Greenberg in Miami and Brian Koch in Fort Lauderdale; they previously practiced at Greenberg Traurig | Latham & Watkins added Anupama (Anu) Yerramalli as a counsel in the Restructuring & Special Situations Practice within the Finance Department in New York from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP | Perkins Coie hired Michael Hanahan as a partner in the Construction practice in Chicago from Schiff Harden | Butler Snow added Franklin D. Rosenblatt to the commercial litigation group in Ridgeland, Miss. | Blank Rome LLP hired Dean S. Nordlinger as a partner in the Corporate, M&A, and Securities group in Washington from Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.

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