Q. Why Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald?
We believe that our firm offers associates the exceptional professional opportunities of a large firm with the advancement opportunities of a smaller firm. New associates are afforded a high level of client interaction and responsibility during the early stages of their careers.
Q. Who are WTHF's clients?
Our clients are general contractors, sureties, architects and engineers, equipment suppliers and materialmen, subcontractors, lenders and manufacturers, as well as corporate owners, developers and various public bodies. We represent many of the major players in the construction industry including Raytheon, Dillingham, J.F. Shea, Kiewit, Mobil, Morrison Knudsen, Mitsui, Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland and United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company.
Q. What is WTHF's Summer Associate Compensation Program?
All of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald's offices offer summer associate compensations that are competitive with law firms in the surrounding metropolitan areas. For the Summer of 2011, the weekly salary for second-year summer associates was $2,400; for first-year summer associates, the weekly salary was $2,200.
Q. Does WTHF have a Mentorship Program for Summer Associates?
Yes. Each summer associate is assigned to an attorney mentor that helps to ease the transition from law school to law firm. WTHF mentors serve as both guides and listeners and ensure that each summer associate gets the most out of the summer program.
Q. Do you allow split summers?
Split summers for second year law students are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. WTHF does not allow split summers for first year law students.
Q. Does the firm accept applications from third-year students?
While the majority of our first-year associates are hired from the summer associate program, we do interview third-year law students on an as-needed basis.
Q. What is the partnership track?
Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald may consider attorneys for partnership after eight years of practice with the firm.
Q. What is the firm's policy on judicial clerkships?
The firm encourages judicial clerkships. New associates who have completed a one-year judicial clerkship join the firm as second-year associates, thus receiving a full year credit for their clerkship.