Jemi Goulian Lucey
When I was in my first year of law school, I, like most law students, was overwhelmed by the prospect of deciding where to begin my legal career. I understood how important a summer associate position was to my legal career, but the task of deciding which of New Jersey's many prestigious firms to join as a summer associate was daunting. Fortunately, I attended a job fair at my law school in the spring of my first year, which was attended by recruiting teams from dozens of prominent New Jersey law firms. It was at this job fair that I met two members of the Greenbaum recruiting team and felt instantly at ease. They were so welcoming of both me and my questions, which covered every subject from the summer program to life as an associate. After spending some time with them, I obtained a business card from one of the Greenbaum attorneys on which I wrote "firm I really liked." I kept that card through my three years of law school and showed it to that same attorney upon returning to the firm as a first year associate.
I was fortunate enough to interview with several top New Jersey firms in the fall of my second year of law school when I was deciding where to work as a summer associate but again I found myself very interested and drawn to Greenbaum both for the warmth of the firm's environment and the quality of the firm's reputation. During my summer with Greenbaum, and my associate career to date, I have found mentors here that care just as much about my development as a lawyer as I do and I have found my experience here to be nothing but positive. As a litigation associate, I have had the opportunity to partake in all aspects of litigation and have been given as much responsibility as I demonstrate I can handle. I have always considered my decisions to be a summer associate at Greenbaum and to return as a first year associate as the best decisions of my professional life. During the last few years, I have conveyed my positive experiences at the firm through my involvement in the recruiting process to those law students who are embarking upon their legal careers and are in need of some encouragement, just as I was six years ago.
Justin P. Kolbenschlag
When I interviewed at the firm as a law student, I was immediately captivated by the sincerity and kindness of everyone with whom I came into contact. From the very start, I felt as if I was part of the Greenbaum team rather than the inexperienced, apprehensive law student that I really was at the time.
As a summer associate at Greenbaum, everyone at the firm treated me as a co-worker and made me feel welcome. I was able to get a true perspective on what life as an associate at Greenbaum was all about. The atmosphere at the firm is a unique combination of professionalism and collegiality, which is the perfect environment for a young associate. The summer came and went before I knew it, and I could not wait to get my career started at the firm.
I could never have anticipated how warmly I would be greeted as a first year associate. On my first day back at the firm, I was again apprehensive about what the future would hold. Within a few hours back at the firm my anxiety had subsided. Since that day I have learned a tremendous amount about the practice of law . The partners at the firm are more than willing to teach the young associates as much as possible about the practice of law. I am learning much faster than I ever thought I would as a first year associate. Greenbaum has provided the perfect balance of supervision and responsibility. I immediately began handling important tasks on complex matters, but have always had someone there who I could turn to if I needed guidance. Greenbaum is the perfect environment for a young associate.
Elyse H. Wolff
Deciding where to begin my legal career was a very complicated process that became much less overwhelming after spending a summer at Greenbaum. Greenbaum has a fantastic reputation for generating high quality work in a culture that promotes growth, learning and professionalism. As a new litigation associate I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of matters, with many distinguished partners who have taken the time to give me constructive feedback and guide me in the practice of law. I was immediately made to feel part of the firm and my contributions have been incorporated into final products. The assignments I have worked on have been increasingly complex, allowing me the opportunity to rapidly develop my skills at a manageable pace. Associates are really encouraged to learn by doing, not simply observing.
What really distinguishes Greenbaum from other firms is the people. Everyone at the firm, associates and partners alike, is interested in your success. The atmosphere in the office is open, friendly and fosters interaction, both socially and professionally, between the associates and partners. My experience with Greenbaum has been both challenging and rewarding, and I look forward to building a fulfilling legal career with the firm.
Stephanie G. Reckord
The summer after my first year in law school, I was unsure about the type of law I wanted to practice or where I could see myself beginning my professional career. My law school participated in the on-campus recruitment process and the first firm I was introduced to was Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis. I was greeted by a junior associate who was warm, eager and truly interested in hearing about me. That associate was able to convey in a ten minute interview that the firm was passionate about mentoring new attorneys. I walked away from that interview feeling certain about where I wanted to spend the following summer.
My experience as a summer associate was challenging, interesting and fun. After that summer, I decided to clerk my first year out of law school, but I always knew that I would return to Greenbaum. I am now an associate at Greenbaum, and in the short six months that I have been here, I have had the opportunity to work with experienced attorneys who take the time to explain and teach throughout the litigation process. The firm gives me substantial responsibility and independence, but at the same time it provides guidance and direction. Most important of all, the attorneys at Greenbaum genuinely care about me as a colleague and as a person.