A look at law firm Fox Rothschild (plus advice for getting hired)

Fox Rothschild is an Am Law 100 full-service firm that has almost 2,000 employees spread across the country. The company, which is more than 100 years old, has grown to a team of 950 lawyers that provide a full range of legal services to public and private companies, as well as to individuals. Find out more about the firm, including its values, “small firm feel”, and interview advice from the chief talent officer and Firmwide Managing Partner Mark Morris.

Fox Rothschild rundown

Size: 1,915 employees

Industry: Law Practice

Locations: The company’s headquarters is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it has 26 other locations across the country.

Founded: 1907

Managing Partner: Mark Morris

Mission: “We give our clients the focus and service of a boutique – with the reach and resources of a national firm,” the company’s website states. “We provide our lawyers with a national stage and equip them with the platform to nurture innovation and drive client success.”

How much do Fox Rothschild employees make?

The average salary for a Fox Rothschild employee is $112,719 per year. Ladders estimates are based on our calculations.

Fox Rothschild Jobs

Fox Rothschild is currently hiring for an Employee Benefits & Compensation Senior Attorney and a Real Estate Associate to work in the company’s New York, New York office. The headquarters in Philadelphia is looking for a Tax Associate to join the team. View Ladders’ Fox Rothschild Jobs page for a full list of open roles and information on how to apply.

Fox Rothschild company culture

“All the Am Law 100 firms try to emphasize what they’re really good at, what their expertise is, what their coverage is geographically in the terms of practice area and so forth, but I do think there’s differences in culture and approach,” Morris said. “What I always say to people, most partners, and associates, is that you spend quite a bit of your life at work, at an office, in a law firm, and you ought to be happy here. That’s the number one thing, right? Is your own personal happiness. I think culture plays a large role in that.”

With a history of over 115 years, company culture at Fox Rothschild has had a long time to develop. Although the firm has grown tremendously, Morris believes the culture has maintained itself since his early days there.

“We’re not a small or mid-sized firm, but we do have an openness, transparency about us, a culture of inclusion,” Morris said.

According to Morris, the firm has a geographic approach to governance, which means that the managing partner of each office has a seat on the executive committee. The committee of over 30 people meets twice a month, which allows for inclusion and collaboration between offices.

Additionally, the firm has a rotational policy for leadership, which means the executive committee has to rotate out of the department and practice group positions every few years.

“I think that promotes more inclusion, more participation, and that’s really what the culture is about,” Morris said. “Obviously there’s some fundamentals that I think probably apply to any law firm, or any situation….respect, fair treatment and so forth. But beyond that, we do have a very broad tent, so to speak, that really is at the foundation of who we are.”

Interview advice from the Chief Talent Officer

We have grown over the past decade, expanding from a regional firm of a few hundred attorneys to one with a national network of offices and more than 950 attorneys.

“Our success is due in large part to those who serve as the administrative backbone of our firm,” said Jean Durling, Fox Rothschild’s Chief Talent Officer. “We have a team of professionals who are adaptable, creative and collaborative.”

The firm seeks out candidates who are able to join that team and help it create new solutions in order to better serve the clients in every way.

“On the attorney side, we welcome those who embody our core qualities: nimbleness, entrepreneurialism, and resourcefulness,” Durling said. “Our attorneys are also integral in our firm expansion. They leverage their network of contacts and connections to recommend lateral legal talent that would mesh with the Fox network.”

Office Life

Though Fox Rothschild is a large, national law firm, the organization has maintained a “small firm feel” across all of its national locations, according to Durling.

“Our culture fosters professional development and equips employees with the resources to succeed. In addition, the health of our employees is a priority for us,” Durling said.

Fox Rothschild recently signed the American Bar Association’s Pledge for Well-Being, which coincides with the launch of a revamped firm-wide wellness initiative. The “Fox Fit & Well” program has been in place for more than a decade but has expanded its focus to include comprehensive wellness and well-being on multiple fronts: physical, social, emotional, financial, intellectual, occupational, environmental and spiritual.

Interview advice from Fox Rothschild Firmwide Managing Partner Mark Morris

“You ought to really try to get a feel for the people and the culture of a place,” Morris said when asked his advice for someone interviewing at the firm. “That’s the first thing that I would recommend.”

Additionally, Morris recommends that “going into any kind of an interview situation or professional position that you’re trying to get…you first should try to establish your own vision of what you want and what you’re willing to do to get there and see if it sits at the place you are interviewing.”

Employee reviews 2019

Reviews on Glassdoor range from one-star reviews titled “not somewhere I’d work again” to five-star reviews titled “top quality firm” and “great place to work.”

“Top-notch technology; regular training; great benefits,” one reviewer wrote.

Funding and acquisitions

Fox Rothschild has acquire four organizations, with the most recent being Smith Moore Leatherwood.

What does Fox Rothschild do?

The law firm provides legal services to public and private companies as well as to individuals.

The firm centers around nine core areas:

  • Corporate
  • Employee benefits
  • Entertainment
  • Financial restructuring & bankruptcy
  • Intellectual property
  • Labor & employment
  • Litigation
  • Real estate and taxation
  • Wealth planning