MaryEllen Hanscom, PHR
Human Resources Manager
Gesmer Updegrove LLP is a dynamic, growing law firm which has been leading the way in the emerging company and information technology legal community since the firm's founding in 1986. We are currently a mid-size firm excited about our practice and the ever-evolving needs of our expanding client base. Since its inception, the firm has been committed to providing a full range of legal services to software, Internet and other emerging technology businesses and advising traditional businesses with respect to high technology issues.
Gesmer Updegrove provides a wide array of legal services ranging from corporate, M&A, licensing, litigation, tax and intellectual property, to compliance with federal and state employment law and regulations. With some of the most exciting Internet start-ups in the industry as clients, the firm enjoys regional and national prominence in the high technology arena.
Gesmer Updegrove truly is committed to balancing personal and professional obligations. Although we are dedicated to serving the needs of our clients, the firm understands that attorneys have commitments outside of work. We do our best to help foster a flexible office environment where attorneys achieve a high level of professional satisfaction while in the office and also are able to enjoy their lives outside the firm.
Attorneys at the firm enjoy a strong sense of camaraderie and trust among their peers. Our firm culture fosters a collegial environment and does not focus on unrealistic expectations and demands.
The firm offers salaries that are competitive with other mid-size Boston law firms and a benefits program equal to or better than those of larger firms in our area. Attorneys generally work between nine and ten hours per day. Hours do vary depending on the needs of clients and projects on which the attorney is involved. Complex business transactions, trials and other important deadlines sometimes require increased working hours. While the nature of our profession requires a high level of commitment, we believe that it is important for all of our attorneys to have interests outside of the office and to have time to pursue their personal goals. (back)
The firm utilizes a Mentor Program to help assimilate new associates into the firm. Each new associate, whether entering the firm as a lateral or coming straight from law school, is assigned another more senior associate within the firm who outlines firm policies, work environment and answers any questions the new associate might have. The mentoring program lasts for months and consists of scheduled meetings to help foster the relationship.
In addition, each associate is assigned a partner mentor who meets with the associate on an informal basis. The mentors are rotated among the associates periodically. This provides the attorneys the opportunity to get to know one another better and enables the associates to learn more about the firm.
The firm strongly encourages ongoing professional development and continuing legal education. This development is not confined to specific programs and topics. Certainly, MCLE courses and Bar Association Seminars are encouraged, but these are by no means the full extent of the continued legal education of our attorneys.
We offer an important learning experience every Thursday with our Associates Lunch. At each lunch one or more senior attorneys presents an informal discussion of varying practice-related legal issues. The lunchtime discussions address a wide variety of issues, from new developments encountered by a particular attorney, to client management skills, to reviews of particular substantive areas of law. The informal nature of this program offers a more candid look at our practice and presents an outstanding opportunity to learn and ask questions about issues germane to our practice.
Gesmer Updegrove offers access to free, confidential counseling services through an employee assistance program. This service is available to all of our employees and members of their immediate families. The counseling and referral service is available for help with personal problems, such as substance abuse, family difficulties, stress, financial and emotional issues. The EAP also offers referrals for childcare, elder care and adult services.
The firm pays for the Massachusetts Bar Exam application fee and for the cost of the bar preparatory course for our new attorneys who are not members of the Massachusetts Bar. We also pay the membership dues for appropriate bar associations. The firm reimburses new associates for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam.
Gesmer Updegrove offers exceptional health, dental, disability, long-term care and disability plans. We offer Blue Cross Blue Shield health and dental plans. The health plans are high deductible health plans and the firm contributes the full deductible amount. For both the health and dental plans, the firm pays 80% of the premium. All contributions are taken pre-tax. The firm offers dependent care deductions up to $5,000 and also offers pre-tax T-Pass, transportation and parking plans.
The firm provides life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, long and short-term disability group plans, long-term disability wrap plan and long-term care which are paid 100% by the firm.
The firm provides a highly competitive leave policy following birth or adoption.
Gesmer Updegrove is committed to providing a work environment that is free of illegal discrimination and harassment. Sexual harassment, as well as harassment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status, is unlawful. Harassment by anyone, whether at the work site, in the course of work assignments off site, at firm-sponsored social functions or elsewhere, or retaliation against anyone who complains about sexual harassment, will not be tolerated.
Gesmer Updegrove maintains a policy of nondiscrimination with employees and applicants for employment. No aspect of employment with us will be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap status, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.