December 03, 2020
Cadwalader has been named among the 2020 “Best Places to Work” by the Charlotte Business Journal. The firm is ranked among the top 25 in the “Large Companies” category, which includes companies with 50-249 employees. The “Best Places to Work” awards program recognizes local companies that “have put in place policies and practices to attract top talent – and keep them engaged.” The rankings are based on employee surveys that were conducted and scored earlier this year.
Cadwalader will celebrate its 25th year in Charlotte in 2021, with a planned move into new, expanded space in the new Legacy Union Tower in 2022. With a local staff of approximately 100 attorneys and nearly 40 support personnel, the office has top-rated finance and capital markets practices as well as growing litigation and white collar defense and investigations practices.
“We’re honored to be named among the Charlotte Business Journal’s ‘Best Places to Work,’” said Stu Goldstein, managing partner of the Charlotte office. “Quality of life is crucial to a healthy and productive work environment. We all work long hours producing great work for our clients and so we strive to create a culture that really emphasizes teamwork and growth and acknowledges and rewards success. We offer our employees a range of opportunities aimed at health and wellness while fostering personal growth, all in a dynamic and collaborative environment.”
Goldstein added that one of the things that sets apart the Charlotte office is the familial culture. The firm has traditionally offered monthly team-building activities, daily breakfast and snacks throughout the day, as well as happy hour get-togethers. “Even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and remote work, we have continued to find ways to connect virtually, whether through weekly trivia nights, office-wide Webex meetings or other virtual events,” he said. “This has been very important for everyone and has really reinforced our strong office culture.”
Another key pillar of the Charlotte office is a commitment to both pro bono and to diversity and inclusion efforts in the local community. Said Goldstein: “The people in our office truly care about the Charlotte community and come up with amazing charitable and community initiatives. This has been especially felt in recent months, as we’ve seen many inspiring examples of local collaboration to support healthcare and other front-line workers and our neighbors in need from the pandemic.”
“As we approach our 25th anniversary in the Queen City next year, we’re grateful for what we’ve achieved here, and are excited to be part of Charlotte’s bright future going forward,” Goldstein said.
Excerpts from the firm’s “Best Places to Work” survey participant comments:
“This is a fantastic law firm practicing at the highest levels. There is a great sense of family at Cadwalader in Charlotte. People lift others up and support them in times of need regardless of their position or length of time with the firm and everyone understands that delivering the highest level of legal services to our clients takes people in all positions to do that...whether partners, associates, secretaries, paralegals, records personnel or the billing team.”
“I've been employed by the firm for a number of years and actually love going to work every day. The firm is very cognizant of the needs of its employees and has shown this on numerous occasions in the form of compensation, bonuses, benefits, as well as numerous other considerations such as webcam offerings regarding health, personal finance, elder care, child care, etc. The firm has also provided social gatherings in the form of monthly birthday breakfasts, support staff appreciation gifts and luncheons, daily breakfast offerings (cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastry), daily coffee, tea and sodas. Overall, CWT is by far the absolute best firm I've ever work for.”
“I view my firm, and in particular our Charlotte office, as a hidden gem of the big law industry. The office environment that our firm has cultivated here in Charlotte is friendly, inviting and professionally challenging.”
“This is a great firm to work for. The strength of the connection we felt for each other and our work has been invaluable this year, as we work from home. True to the real spirit of the firm, we have stayed connected and engaged in doing great work, supporting each other and seeing each other socially, although virtually. The firm has gone the extra mile, unsurprisingly, to make sure we are supported and successful.”
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As published in Lawdragon.