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Tonkon Torp Earns High Marks, Listed as a Top Mid-Size Firm to Work For in Vault National Rankings
Tonkon Torp is proud to be a top-ranked mid-size law firm in the 2021 Vault Ranking. Vault’s annual national rankings are based on information submitted by verified associates in the legal industry, and are a well-respected national recruiting reference for the legal community.
Tonkon Torp is one of only three Oregon-based firms to earn a spot on Vault’s 2021 Top 150 Under 150, a list of leading law firms with 150 lawyers or fewer. The firm also earned Top 25 ranking for 13 categories in the midsize category, and is the only Oregon firm to rank in the top ten in the nation for Wellness, Diversity, Pro Bono, Transparency, Career Outlook, and Hours.
We are particularly proud that Vault’s summary about the working environment at Tonkon Torp, based on feedback submitted by associates, highlights the strong pro bono culture and opportunities for internal advancement that Tonkon Torp has cultivated since its founding: “Those looking for strong pro bono commitment need look no further than Tonkon. And if you are hoping to find a firm for the long-haul, associates are optimistic about partnership chances.”
Additional notable quotes from Vault's research include:
On Career Outlook: "We don't hire people who don't have a strong chance of making partner and there is a sincere, well-founded expectation that associates will make partner. The few associates in recent years who haven't advanced into the partnership have primarily gone in-house or to bigger markets..."
On Pro Bono: “The firm has a deep pro bono history that it is sincerely proud of, and that serves as an inspiration for current pro bono practices. We are currently partnered with the legal aid organization in a rural county, we have a program run by lawyers here to help youth offenders clean up their records, we're actively involved in the local small business legal clinic, and we do a ton of work on First Amendment and police accountability issues with ACLU..."
On Firm Culture: “Tonkon is a social place. People genuinely enjoy each other, and some of us count our closest friends as colleagues here.”
On Quality of Work: "We really do push work down to the most junior person who can do it well. I got into court a few times in my first year. I've never felt I had an unreasonable amount of ‘grunt’ type work. Both the business and litigation departments are proactive in identifying the kind of work associates want and steering it to them to the extent possible.”
On Hours: “Billable hour requirements are extremely reasonable (much more so than other local firms). Partners generally encourage associates to take weekends and spend time with family.”