Scheldrup Blades is committed to growth through excellence. During the past eight years the firm has grown from one attorney to eighteen. The size of the firm’s paralegals and support staff has more than tripled during this same time. The level of growth is unprecedented in the communities we serve. Much of the firm’s success can be attributed to the practice group concept, where attorneys and paralegals truly work collaboratively on client development, case management and achieving the goals of the firm’s clients.
The firm believes that an attorney’s life should be well-balanced, with full recognition that sustained success involves equally important commitments to family, individual health, community and work. The firm provides memberships to an adjacent health club and is involved in supporting involvement in all types of community and professional organizations.
In the next several years Scheldrup Blades intends to surpass the level of growth through excellence achieved to date. With superior technology, legal innovation and a commitment to being the best attorneys in the areas in which we practice, Scheldrup Blades invites new and established attorneys who embrace a similar philosophy toward the practice of law to join the firm.
Newly graduated attorneys immediately become an integral part of the firm’s plan for growth and success. Upon admission, new attorneys are assigned to various practice groups where they participate with more senior attorneys and paralegals in all aspects of the practice. New attorneys are never pigeon-holed into performing one or two functions involving a limited area of law.
The firm is committed to mentorship of new attorneys by hands-on experiences. Many of the senior attorneys of the firm have companion careers as teachers; therefore, the ability to effectively mentor new attorneys is an attribute of the firm that many firms do not possess. It is a common experience for new attorneys to meet with clients, take depositions and participate in mediations, hearings or trials in the first year of practice. Additionally, new attorneys typically make presentations on practice group subject matters to client gatherings and before industry groups throughout Iowa, Arizona and eastern Nebraska.
The firm is particularly well-situated to integrate an attorney’s existing practice into the practice group format. Providing access to a significant client base creates unique opportunities to cross-sell the lateral attorney’s skills and experience to the firm’s existing clients. Additionally, the firm has support staff capable of implementing subject matter newsletters, educational seminars and other means of communicating the lateral attorney’s areas of practice to potential clients. The firm’s attorneys are regularly asked to be speakers by all of the major educational seminar companies in the Midwest.
The firm’s compensation package for lateral attorneys involves a component that financially awards the lateral attorney for new clients brought to the firm irrespective who works the hours.
Paralegals employed by the firm are considered an integral part of the firm’s professional legal team. Paralegals are provided cutting edge technology to perform their duties. The firm’s paralegals have significant client contact and are expected to help develop and maintain a strong relationship with clients, particularly institutional clients that are located out-of-state.
Paralegals attend and often present topics at firm seminars for clients. Social interaction with clients almost always involves the firm’s paralegals. The firm’s paralegals often attend hearings and mediations with the attorney on the file. In the past few years, paralegals of the firm have attended national seminars in Cape Cod, Chicago, and Las Vegas.
Scheldrup Blades believes that legal secretaries are an integral component of our success and view them as an equally important part of the legal team. Legal secretaries of the firm are always treated as legal professionals by the attorneys and paralegals. Support staff is provided state-of-the-art computers, software and other tools to assist them in their duties.
For information on career opportunities at Scheldrup Blades, contact Teri Little at firstname.lastname@example.org.