Becoming an HBS Attorney
Frequently recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work,” HBS cultivates an inclusive, collegial environment geared toward helping our attorneys succeed. We value and embrace diversity, recognizing that different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives enable us to better serve our clients. HBS has a wide range of practice areas, which allows attorneys to develop their interests and focus on their preferred areas of practice.
Dedicated to Professional Growth
We strive to achieve our vision through teamwork, a comprehensive mentoring program and a commitment to ensuring a culture of diversity and inclusion. From senior partners to managers to the newest staff member who just joined the firm, HBS continuously seeks opportunities for professional and personal growth for all of our employees.
HBS maintains an active Women’s Forum, which conducts seminars and events throughout the year designed to provide team-building, networking and professional growth opportunities for our female attorneys and clients.
Our Mentoring Program helps those who are at the dawn of their careers establish and cultivate strong relationships within the firm in order to facilitate the professional, business and personal development of all participating HBS attorneys.
We also have an Associate Committee that encourages attorneys to learn from each other, build stronger relationships and share ideas and strategies among peers.
HBS expects quality work, dedication and professionalism from all of our attorneys and staff, and we extend those values to our approach in serving clients. Our family-like culture is relaxed, considerate and cheerful. We thrive in an atmosphere of mutual respect and consideration that promotes camaraderie, collegiality and collaboration. When we notice that a colleague is struggling or could use an extra set of hands, we pitch in and help without being asked.
Ensuring a Work-Life Balance
Ensuring work-life balance for our employees is important at HBS. We offer flexible work schedules to accommodate individual needs, and provide opportunities for attorneys to work part time and remain on a partnership track.
Summer Associate Program
The Summer Associate Program is designed to provide a realistic picture of life as a HBS associate, and to assess each participant’s ability to contribute to our firm. Summer associates gain hands-on experience by working on a variety of substantive assignments across all practice areas, affording them the opportunity to interact with senior attorneys throughout the firm.
HBS seeks well-rounded, intelligent and academically superior candidates who will make a positive and meaningful contribution to our firm, and take pride in contributing to our commitment to serve clients with excellence.
In August, we conduct on-campus interviews with students who have begun their second year of law school. HBS hires a select number of students to join our firm the summer following their second year of law school. HBS does not consider resumes from first year law students.
For all law students attending school within the state of Georgia, we will interview exclusively through the On Campus Interview process with your school’s Career Services Office. All out-of-state students may apply by emailing your resume along with a cover letter in MS Word format to W. Scott Henwood at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Internal Attorney Development
At HBS, our philosophy is simple: “It’s about we, not about me.” We attribute our growth to the hard work and allegiance of our attorneys and employees, and recognize that each one is a valued part of our team and necessary for our collective success.
Our mission statement reflects our commitment to clients and to our employees whom we equip to thrive in a “personally satisfying firm environment.” As such, the firm strongly believes in the concept of furthering each person’s professional development through the creation and sponsorship of internal development programs such as our HBS Women’s Forum, the HBS Mentoring Program, the Associate Committee and frequent education sessions that provide continuing legal education (CLE) credits. HBS also has an internal recognition program called Whale Done that gives accolades and positive reinforcement when employees go above and beyond.
Perhaps the best evidence of our focus on positive culture is our long-term client relationships and our frequent addition of new clients who are drawn by our reputation for serving to achieve excellence. We measure our success by the satisfaction of our clients, and we empower all employees to do whatever is necessary for our clients.