Law Research

By: Cody Burns

Managing Partner

The managing partner are at the top of the law firm hierarchy. They manage the day to day operations of the firm. The managing partner is the founding lawyer of the law firm. The managing partner usually assumes the management responsibilities also maintaining a full time law practice.

Partner

The partners are the joint owners and operators of the law firm. Partners are also called shareholders. The types of partnerships are sole proprietorships, general partnerships, limited liability companies, professional associations and limited liability partnerships.

Associate

Associates are law firm lawyers who have the prospect of becoming partners. A law firm lawyer works as an associate for six to nine years before ascending to the partnership ranks.

Other workers in the firm

Another worker in the firm is a summer associate who interns with a law firm during the summer. At the end of the summer, the successful Associate will receive a permanent offer of employment to work for the firm upon graduation.

Role of the litigation attorney

They represent plaintiffs and defendants in court. They draft a variety of pleadings and motions on behalf of the plaintiff or defendant. They also see if the plaintiff has enough evidence to even go to court. Litigation attorneys employ a variety of discovery devices to gain information relevant to the lawsuit.