ITA Spotlight: Perkins Coie
Monday, March 4, 2019
Posted by: Kaylin Berg
Perkins Coie, @PerkinsCoieLLP
What are your primary goals for Perkins Coie?
Our primary goals are to provide the highest level of client satisfaction, uphold the highest operational excellence through our commitment to our staff and clients, and attract and maintain the best talent.
What’s the No. 1 thing on your to-do list?
The number one thing on our to-do list is to provide continuous legal service to all of our clients. We are counsel to great companies of all sizes, and through our innovative leadership, we provide the best holistic client service in the most efficient and effective way. We aim to continue creating powerful relationships and creative solutions while working for our clients.
In your opinion, what are some of the pros and cons of being an Illinois business?
Our location in Illinois provides us with the benefit of being close to some of our largest clients and to a rapidly growing technology community. A Midwest presence also allows us to showcase our cutting-edge Privacy & Security Practice, demonstrate the capabilities of our global White Collar & Investigations practice, continue to innovate with our Intellectual Property Practice, grow our nationally ranked Corporate, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Practice, and continue to lead the way with the world’s largest and leading Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Practice.
What motivates your employees to come to work every day?
Our employees are motivated to come to work every day for multiple reasons. We have been recognized consistently by multiple Chicago-area publications and nationally as a firm by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” We recognize that our employees are a key to our success and we encourage work-life balance through our wellness program, our annual employee art show, and sharing fun and personal events through Perkinsgram, our internal version of Instagram.
What do you do to encourage constant growth and change for your employees?
We offer professional development opportunities throughout the year to promote creativity, innovation, and efficiency. Growth is invaluable to our success, so we recognize, among other things, professional milestones and outstanding contributions in community involvement, diversity, big wins, etc.
How does Perkins Coie interact with the Chicago community?
Our Perkins Coie Foundation, attorneys, and staff are all active in sponsoring charity events, completing hundreds of hours of pro bono work, and supporting local organizations. Each month, we support a different local nonprofit organization selected by an attorney or staff member from our office; in addition, for the last 11 years, our Chicago office has partnered with the John M. Smyth Magnet School, located on the near south side of Chicago, in a holiday giving program. The Smyth School services some of our city’s poorest families, and in 2018 we committed to granting wishes for the entire Pre-K class (78 students). The entire office came together to accomplish the goal of making sure each wish was granted.
What makes Perkins Coie stand out?
Perkins Coie stands out from its peers in a number of different ways. We constantly introduce new ways to inform and better service our clients. Our Client Advantage program is an innovative example of this. We help clients drive efficiency, address a broad range of legal operations and business challenges, and stay a step ahead of trends in legal services. We optimize the delivery of legal services through flexible billing structures and highly value the importance of the law firm-client partnership. Our Client Advantage program also provides our clients with holistic capabilities, including the following:
- Legal Project Management
- Knowledge Management
- Professional Development
- Community Involvement
This one is all you… anything else you want to tell us?
We work to accomplish our vision through a “one firm” culture that reflects deep dedication to our clients, our communities, and our employees. The wide range of practice areas and industries that we offer provides an efficient, high-quality, and diverse level of service for all of our clients.