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Associates Program

One of the benefits of Gallagher Sharp LLP’s practice group structure is the professional development and diversity of experience each associate receives. Associate assignment to particular practice areas varies upon the associate's desires and progress, as well as overall firm needs.  We believe that the best way to develop effective litigators is through early hands-on experience.

While associate assignments are made by Practice Group Managers responsible for monitoring their progress and development, partners in each practice group are responsible for case supervision and to serve as mentors. It is not uncommon for associates to attend pretrials, take depositions, meet with clients, interview witnesses, and sit second chair at bench and jury trials, depending upon their level of experience and the nature of the case.

We encourage associates to become active and assume leadership positions in professional bar associations, trade organizations, and specialty groups to assist in professional development and industry networking.  Gallagher Sharp’s Associate Committee is comprised of five associates who conduct associate meetings to discuss topics and issues of interest and concern, and to serve as a collective voice to firm management.

Every associate is reviewed each summer by the partners they have worked with over the course of the previous year. The partners prepare detailed evaluations of the associate's work, noting progress, strengths, and areas for improvement. The associate is also afforded the opportunity to submit a self evaluation.  These evaluations serve as the basis for a formal annual appraisal of the associate's performance and compensation for the next evaluation period.

Associate Compensation and Benefits

Gallagher Sharp LLP's compensation structure is reviewed annually and adjustments are made when necessary to attract and retain the best qualified individuals. Associate salaries are based on merit and reflect the effectiveness and overall development of the individual associate.

The associate's base salary is complemented by a full benefit package including:

  • A very attractive 401(k) Plan
  • Medical insurance
  • Long and short term disability insurance
  • Elective participation in the firm's Cafeteria Plan to pay eligible unreimbursed medical and dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis.
  • Fees for bi-annual registration with the Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Fees associated with the required attendance at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars and courses