The best attorneys can work anywhere. Particularly today, with more flexible working models and top talent in high demand. Knowing this, why are laterals consistently choosing Warner and building their careers with us? Because we create an interesting, safe, culture-rich environment for you to thrive as the person and lawyer that you are. See below to learn why some of our most recent lateral attorneys chose Warner.
Come Here and Stay Here
Warner has a 94% retention rate among our attorneys, which is remarkably high when compared to AmLaw 100 and 200 firms. Attorneys throughout Michigan, the region and beyond are choosing Warner as their forever home – and because of our dedicated focus on living balanced lives, our attorneys’ families are fully supporting these important decisions.
Compensation is Important. Here’s a Snapshot of Ours
Warner’s core values and guiding principles are what drive our modified lockstep compensation system. We flatly discourage internal competition for origination, credit and client “ownership.” Clients hire Warner and stay with us because we design effective teams to achieve their goals. They can work with the right attorney at the right time to get the right outcome.
Along with this, clients also appreciate our “no gatekeeper” rule, which means there is never any disincentive for one of our attorneys to freely collaborate with our subject-matter leaders across the firm – and for clients to know they can easily contact anyone on the team.
What about stars?
Warner’s business model is designed to ensure that star power is equally spread across the firm – in all practice areas and industry groups. Every attorney at Warner makes their mark as a member of one or more groups, and we equally support everyone’s passions, commitments, intellectual pursuits and opportunities for growth.
“I wanted to join Warner because of the additional resources the firm has to offer that will enable me to grow as a professional. I hope to learn from others at Warner to better serve my clients. I am also excited that there are truly attorneys who specialize in every area so my clients can be serviced in-house without me necessarily having to step into a practice area in which I’m not comfortable.”
“I’ve been looking for just the right place that fits my personality. A firm that is people driven, progressive and forward thinking. I believe with my knowledge, experience and character, we both found an excellent fit.”
Jeremy GajewskiSenior CounselLateral
“I cannot wait to leverage the collective experiences of Warner’s attorneys to better serve my clients and West Michigan as a whole. As a solo attorney, there are not many opportunities to work with a team and draw upon others’ experiences. I look forward to sharing my expertise with my new colleagues and learning from them!”
Merica DobrySenior CounselLateral
“I am excited to join the team at Warner because I want to work on interesting cases with great people. The culture at the firm seems wonderful and I have been very impressed with everyone I have met. I am looking forward to getting started!”
Timothy SmithAssociateClass of 2018
“I wanted to be a part of Michigan’s most well-respected legal teams that counsel businesses and individuals on real estate, corporate and cannabis matters. As I continue to grow my practice, I felt led to join a firm with a solid foundation in Michigan that had an abundance of industry and practice areas — with room to grow.”
Robin YonoSenior CounselLateral
“I chose Warner for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, the firm is comprised of exceptional people. Everyone I have interacted with to this point has been welcoming and warm. As a young litigator, the firm provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best and brightest in our profession. I am so excited to join such a well-respected institution and I look forward to contributing to the firm’s success in the years ahead.”
Matthew SierawskiAssociateClass of 2018
“The culture at Warner caught my attention while I was looking for new professional opportunities. I originally started my search with an eye toward specializing more than I had been able to at a smaller firm. Ultimately, the people with whom I interviewed and everyone’s friendliness and transparency drew me in. I’m so excited to join Warner!”
Haley CloughAssociatesClass of 2019, Lateral
“It is a high-quality full-service firm with a strong litigation practice and an excellent cross-disciplinary automotive industry practice group. Warner matches my values of a team-based approach to practicing law and dedication to client service, while at the same time placing a high priority on cultivating and preserving a positive work environment.”
Lawrence “Larry” MurphyPartnerLateral