Culture & Values
We are a distinguished law firm that is innovative and growing. Professional staff who join our firm will find a collegial and collaborative work environment, where the majority of our administrative departments work across offices on a national basis. Every person at the firm contributes to our success and we regularly recognize professional staff who go above and beyond through our Service Leaders Award program.
Each of our offices has its own personality, but something that we all share is a civic commitment to our communities and each other. Our lawyers and professionals take part in community service initiatives that include volunteering as weekly reading buddies with schoolchildren, Friday jeans day fundraisers, winter clothing drives and charity races and tournaments for various causes. Some of our offices host monthly staff lunches, sponsor employee softball teams and participate in events such as Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day.
Drinker Biddle has always had a commitment to civility and respect, and this is reflected in our core values and in the way we conduct business every day.
Acknowledging the extent to which health and well-being can enhance our personal and professional lives, Drinker Biddle encourages its attorneys and staff to participate in Well-Being 360, a firmwide program that, as the name suggests, empowers us to become our best selves.
Well-Being 360 takes a holistic approach to improving physical health and mindfulness. It relies on various training and education programs, an on-line exercise application, and, perhaps most important, maintaining a community committed to reaching individual and collective goals.
The program’s origins can be traced to the American Bar Association’s 2017 National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, which shone a bright light on the seriousness of substance abuse and mental health disorders within the legal community. Well-Being 360, the winner of an incubator challenge, is designed to combat these issues and to foster an environment in which firm employees can thrive. Drinker Biddle assembled a committee comprising attorney and staff representatives that went about implementing Well-Being 360 firmwide. The program launched in October 2018 and has since enjoyed high rates of participation and early evidence of success.
Program components include:
- Training and education on such topics as emotional intelligence, stress management, conflict management, substance abuse, finance and nutrition.
- Mindfulness training designed to help employees focus their awareness on the present and otherwise reduce stress through mediation and related techniques.
- Wellable provides a web-based platform that leverages technology and the behavioral sciences to create individualized physical fitness challenges.
- A dynamic portal page housing easy and secure access to all Well-Being 360 resources.
We focus on hiring the strongest talent in the market, and we provide training, feedback and mentoring to our employees. We have a program that provides staff with educational sessions on how each of their roles fit into the operation of the firm and the delivery of excellent service to our clients. Each of our department leaders encourages and motivates their employees to build their skills and advance within the firm. We are proud of the long service of many of our staff members, with 43 percent of our staff members having been with the firm for 10 years or more. We have many success stories of staff who have worked to develop their skills and found opportunities for advancement within the firm.
We recognize that having strong team members in the administrative departments is critical for the success of the firm. In addition to the attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants that are generally associated with a law firm, we have roles in a wide variety of administrative departments including Accounting, Human Resources, Information Services, Marketing/Business Development, Records, Facilities (mailroom, copy center, etc.) and other administrative departments.
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We strongly believe that supporting work-life balance makes employees happier and more productive, and with that in mind we offer generous paid time off. In addition, Drinker Biddle offers competitive salaries and a full range of benefits including excellent medical, dental and vision plans, life/disability insurance, paid holidays, a health care advocate program, an employee assistance program, back-up day care, free financial planning help, and a 401(k) plan.