Careers at Roetzel

Overview

Roetzel is a full-service law firm dedicated to the success of our clients, and to the hiring, training, mentoring, retention, and professional development of our attorneys and staff. In each of our 9 offices located throughout Ohio, Florida, and Chicago, we actively recruit and hire individuals who possess a strong work ethic, effective problem solving skills, and Roetzel cultural traits. We look for "good people" - people who genuinely embrace collegiality, are dedicated to teamwork, demonstrate a high level of integrity, and value the importance of developing strong relationships within the firm and with our clients.

Roetzel exemplifies a large firm environment with a small firm culture. Our firm has the resources, capabilities, breadth, and depth of a large law firm, yet still maintains a focus on individuality. Our firm-wide Quality of Life Committee contributes to that collegiality and emphasizes creating an enjoyable work environment at Roetzel.

We recognize and value the fact that our greatest asset is our people, and we operate by the philosophy that each person's contributions are valued and respected. Unlike many other large law firms, collegial relationships between partners, associates, and staff are encouraged and cultivated at Roetzel. We know each other as professional colleagues and as friends. Within the firm, this translates into personal job satisfaction.

All new employees go through an orientation called "Inside Roetzel" in which they are introduced to the firm's operations and administrative procedures. It includes training on computers, research, conflicts, and ethics, as well as provides an overview of the firm's human resources, finance, and marketing departments.

We invite you to take a look at our hiring programs and the many ways we foster the professional growth of our firm's dynamic personnel.

Benefits
Our compensation and benefits package combines a competitive base salary with a variety of benefits in a work environment that promotes a strong quality of life. Currently, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive salary
  • Medical insurance, including dental and vision coverage 
  • Flu shots and wellness programs
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Plan including medical reimbursement and dependent care
  • 401(k)/Profit Sharing
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Paid vacation
  • Stipend to summer associates hired full-time
  • Association and bar dues
  • Free parking
  • Business casual attire during the year in most offices

Quality of Life
In an industry known for quality of life issues within the work environment, Roetzel stands apart from many law firms. Our attorneys and staff work hard, but also appreciate the value of making work an enjoyable place to be during the day. Our offices sponsor a variety of events and provide services throughout the year including: office breakfasts, fellowship lunches, employee appreciation activities, and office holiday parties.

Associate Attorneys

Our Associate Program is strategically designed to gradually help you build a solid base of legal knowledge, establish a learning environment that promotes the growth and the success of your legal career, and understand how Roetzel attorneys build their own legal careers. In addition to developing strong legal skills, the firm encourages an institutional attitude of trust and camaraderie with your fellow attorneys. We know our associates are our future and will carry on the legacy and culture that have made Roetzel the unique firm that it is today. We are committed to investing in your professional success and personal job satisfaction. We know the practice of law involves more than just dictating memos and writing briefs. Roetzel represents clients in all types of local, regional, and national matters, which allows our associates to participate in interesting and challenging assignments. We purposely expose our associates to the reality of the practice by involving them in a variety of substantive matters and transactions, for hands-on learning opportunities.

There is a sense of camaraderie among the associates as they work side-by-side, learning from not only more senior attorneys, but also from each other.

Feedback
Associates are evaluated on a yearly basis by supervising partners. Ongoing feedback is provided throughout the year in order to help associates progress during their career. As an associate, you will have an attorney mentor who will provide regular feedback and guidance on your productivity and assignments.

Professional Development
Professional development starts from the moment you begin working at Roetzel. You will attend practice group meetings that focus on important aspects of knowledge-building and analytical insight to help develop your professional skills. Associates have the opportunity to work alongside our attorneys, and directly with clients, to experience a variety of assignments and areas of law firsthand. Roetzel's focus on effectively serving the clients' needs creates an environment in which the best-suited attorney works on a project. This promotes an internal referral network based on expertise, and further contributes to the team-focused approach from which our clients benefit.

Associates are invited to attend business, legal and community events from the start. This involvement helps create a foundation on which to build community and professional involvement, as well as to develop business development skills.

Roetzel knows that your success is the firm's success. Therefore, through mentoring, associates gain an understanding of firm culture and expectations and begin to develop an identity within the office. Mentoring provides associates with a valuable and informal method of regularly gauging their progress. Because your professional development is key to becoming an excellent attorney, some of the sessions you will attend may include:

  • Matter intake/conflicts
  • Effective writing skills
  • Anatomy of a matter
  • Understanding the firm
  • Reading your personal production reports
  • Marketing of the firm and marketing as associates
  • Effective time management
  • Electronic courtroom
  • Effective use of technology

Diversity Statement

Roetzel maintains a policy of non-discrimination and inclusion with respect to all employees and applicants for employment. All decisions as to employment with the Firm are governed solely on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications, and are not influenced or informed in any manner by the employee’s or applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by statute.

All decisions made with respect to recruiting, hiring, and promotions for all job classifications are based solely on individual qualifications related to the requirements of the position. Likewise, all other personnel matters such as compensation, benefits, transfers, reduction-in-force, recall, discipline, evaluation, training, education, and social and recreational programs are administered according to the principles set forth in this Diversity Statement.

Roetzel also strives to maintain an atmosphere of inclusion and fairness for all employees and applicants, with the goal that all employees are made to feel welcomed, valued, and rewarded for their abilities and accomplishments according to the principles set forth in this Diversity Statement. The Firm holds all employees responsible for adherence to the letter and spirit of this Diversity Statement.

Paralegals/Staff

Roetzel recognizes that the collective efforts and achievements of our attorneys, paralegals and staff contribute to the overall success of our clients, and to the continuing growth of our firm. The firm offers the legal, administrative, research and support staff resources necessary to meet our clients' legal needs. Throughout our firm, Roetzel members are team and goal-oriented. When a large volume of work or an emergency assignment arises, our team members are ready to lend a hand to complete the project.

Our staff departments include the following:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Docket
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • File Clerk
  • Legal Assistant
  • Marketing
  • Nurse Consultant
  • Office Administrator
  • Practice Support
  • Paralegal
  • Receptionist
  • Research and Reference
  • Support Specialist

Professional Development
Roetzel hires people who demonstrate professionalism, intelligence, strong communication and organizational skills, initiative, and a client-service focus - both internally and with our clients. The firm invests in all employees' professional development by offering ongoing training programs in various technology applications and about firm resources. Roetzel offers a competitive salary and benefits package, as well as a work environment that is based on teamwork, mutual respect, and a commitment to serving our clients.

All new employees go through an orientation called "Inside Roetzel" in which they are introduced to the firm's operations and administrative procedures. It includes training on computers, research, conflicts, and ethics, as well as provides an overview of the firm's human resources, finance, and marketing departments. Our culture encourages collaboration at every level, which is reflected in the way staff and attorneys interact and work together.

Roetzel maintains a policy of diversity and non-discrimination with all employees and applicants for employment. All decisions made with respect to recruiting, hiring, and promotions for all job classifications are based solely on individual qualifications related to the requirements of the position.

Recruiting Contacts

Associates
To be considered for a position as an Associate, please submit your resume to:

Erika L. Haupt
614.723.2037

Support Staff

To be considered for a support staff position, please submit your resume to one of the following contacts:

Kelly Nizzer Bates | Akron
330.762.7635

Marianne Cecchi | Cleveland, Toledo
216.615.4833

Laura Chapa | Chicago
312.580.1212

Tom Terrell | Cincinnati, Columbus
614.723.2014

Julie Koenig-Hill | Fort Myers, Naples
239.649.2734

Summer Associate Program

Roetzel's Summer Associate and Associate Programs are administered with a strategic eye toward creating the professional and personal growth opportunities necessary for becoming a successful attorney. We understand the importance of thoroughly preparing you for your legal careers. Roetzel mainly hires second-year law students for its Summer Associate Program for the time period of May to August. Roetzel does consider first-year law students on a selected basis. We select law students who possess high academic achievement, a strong work ethic, effective problem solving skills and Roetzel cultural traits necessary to become a productive, valued associate at Roetzel.

The summer associate class size is hired with the intent of offering each law student a full-time job upon graduation, based upon each office's anticipated staffing needs for the following fall. We believe our approach allows you the opportunity to prove your technical, professional, and social skills without feeling that your fellow summer associates are competing for the same position. This is an extension of our firm's overall emphasis on a team-oriented environment.

Assignments
As a summer associate, you will receive a first-hand opportunity to apply law school theories to real-world situations. Roetzel offers exposure to a wide variety of practice areas and legal matters to challenge you. You are also offered the flexibility and the opportunity to focus more on a particular area of law that may interest you. Client-centered service, professional growth, and teamwork - this is Roetzel's culture. Our firm fosters professional development as you look to find the area of law in which you ultimately want to practice.

Our summer associates work alongside Roetzel attorneys. You are encouraged to attend and participate in hearings, depositions, mediations, closings, and client meetings where you are exposed to the legal arena. Assignments include: research; memo writing; and drafting of pleadings and motions.

Feedback
Feedback and constructive comments are essential to the success of our Summer Associate Program. Each assigning attorney prepares a written evaluation of your work product and provides informative feedback at the end of the project. The Summer Associate Coordinator also meets regularly with each of you to discuss progress. This allows you to have a fair idea of your progress on projects - where your strengths lie and how to address weaknesses - before the end of the summer. Our goals are two-fold: to ensure that as a summer associate, you get an accurate picture of what being a "Roetzel attorney" is all about, and to help develop your legal skills.

At the end of the program, you are evaluated based on work product, communication skills, and compatibility. This information is gathered from the overall summer evaluations submitted by assigning attorneys, as well as the input from other attorneys who have interacted with you. A team of attorneys reviews the information to make final determinations on hiring decisions.

Professional Development
As a summer associate, you are encouraged to attend regularly scheduled associate and practice group meetings and training sessions offered throughout the summer. For example, it is at the practice group meetings where you will hear about client matters and business development initiatives. You will also have the opportunity to receive specific training alongside our associates during the Associate Training Program.

We have an established Mentoring Program that consists of junior and senior attorneys who are assigned to you, in order to foster a smooth transition from law student to summer associate. These mentors meet regularly with the summer associates to provide feedback. They often address questions regarding work performance, suggest ways to improve certain skills, and answer questions regarding the firm or its procedures.

The goal of the Mentoring Program is to provide you with the support needed - in a casual informal manner - for your overall success while with the firm. Our summer associates find that the majority of attorneys in each office proactively take the time to get to know them and involve them in projects. These relationships often prove invaluable to many summer associates who have subsequently been hired as full-time associates upon graduation.

Social Activities
In addition to the emphasis on professional development, we also believe social development is important. During the course of the summer, you are invited to attend activities with our lawyers in both professional and social settings. Our attorneys are very active in each of their communities and often attend business and civic meetings, as well as charity events. Many times, both our summer associates and associates are invited to attend, which provides you an opportunity to interact directly with business decision makers. It is also an opportunity to learn and practice networking skills. In addition to city-specific events, you will have the opportunity to interact with summer associates from other Roetzel offices, beginning with the first day of orientation.

Recruiting Contacts
To be considered for a position in Roetzel's Summer Associate Program, please submit your resume to:

Erika L. Haupt
614.723.2037

Overview

Roetzel is a full-service law firm dedicated to the success of our clients, and to the hiring, training, mentoring, retention, and professional development of our attorneys and staff. In each of our 9 offices located throughout Ohio, Florida, and Chicago, we actively recruit and hire individuals who possess a strong work ethic, effective problem solving skills, and Roetzel cultural traits. We look for "good people" - people who genuinely embrace collegiality, are dedicated to teamwork, demonstrate a high level of integrity, and value the importance of developing strong relationships within the firm and with our clients.

Roetzel exemplifies a large firm environment with a small firm culture. Our firm has the resources, capabilities, breadth, and depth of a large law firm, yet still maintains a focus on individuality. Our firm-wide Quality of Life Committee contributes to that collegiality and emphasizes creating an enjoyable work environment at Roetzel.

We recognize and value the fact that our greatest asset is our people, and we operate by the philosophy that each person's contributions are valued and respected. Unlike many other large law firms, collegial relationships between partners, associates, and staff are encouraged and cultivated at Roetzel. We know each other as professional colleagues and as friends. Within the firm, this translates into personal job satisfaction.

All new employees go through an orientation called "Inside Roetzel" in which they are introduced to the firm's operations and administrative procedures. It includes training on computers, research, conflicts, and ethics, as well as provides an overview of the firm's human resources, finance, and marketing departments.

We invite you to take a look at our hiring programs and the many ways we foster the professional growth of our firm's dynamic personnel.

Benefits
Our compensation and benefits package combines a competitive base salary with a variety of benefits in a work environment that promotes a strong quality of life. Currently, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive salary
  • Medical insurance, including dental and vision coverage 
  • Flu shots and wellness programs
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Plan including medical reimbursement and dependent care
  • 401(k)/Profit Sharing
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Paid vacation
  • Stipend to summer associates hired full-time
  • Association and bar dues
  • Free parking
  • Business casual attire during the year in most offices

Quality of Life
In an industry known for quality of life issues within the work environment, Roetzel stands apart from many law firms. Our attorneys and staff work hard, but also appreciate the value of making work an enjoyable place to be during the day. Our offices sponsor a variety of events and provide services throughout the year including: office breakfasts, fellowship lunches, employee appreciation activities, and office holiday parties.

Associate Attorneys

Our Associate Program is strategically designed to gradually help you build a solid base of legal knowledge, establish a learning environment that promotes the growth and the success of your legal career, and understand how Roetzel attorneys build their own legal careers. In addition to developing strong legal skills, the firm encourages an institutional attitude of trust and camaraderie with your fellow attorneys. We know our associates are our future and will carry on the legacy and culture that have made Roetzel the unique firm that it is today. We are committed to investing in your professional success and personal job satisfaction. We know the practice of law involves more than just dictating memos and writing briefs. Roetzel represents clients in all types of local, regional, and national matters, which allows our associates to participate in interesting and challenging assignments. We purposely expose our associates to the reality of the practice by involving them in a variety of substantive matters and transactions, for hands-on learning opportunities.

There is a sense of camaraderie among the associates as they work side-by-side, learning from not only more senior attorneys, but also from each other.

Feedback
Associates are evaluated on a yearly basis by supervising partners. Ongoing feedback is provided throughout the year in order to help associates progress during their career. As an associate, you will have an attorney mentor who will provide regular feedback and guidance on your productivity and assignments.

Professional Development
Professional development starts from the moment you begin working at Roetzel. You will attend practice group meetings that focus on important aspects of knowledge-building and analytical insight to help develop your professional skills. Associates have the opportunity to work alongside our attorneys, and directly with clients, to experience a variety of assignments and areas of law firsthand. Roetzel's focus on effectively serving the clients' needs creates an environment in which the best-suited attorney works on a project. This promotes an internal referral network based on expertise, and further contributes to the team-focused approach from which our clients benefit.

Associates are invited to attend business, legal and community events from the start. This involvement helps create a foundation on which to build community and professional involvement, as well as to develop business development skills.

Roetzel knows that your success is the firm's success. Therefore, through mentoring, associates gain an understanding of firm culture and expectations and begin to develop an identity within the office. Mentoring provides associates with a valuable and informal method of regularly gauging their progress. Because your professional development is key to becoming an excellent attorney, some of the sessions you will attend may include:

  • Matter intake/conflicts
  • Effective writing skills
  • Anatomy of a matter
  • Understanding the firm
  • Reading your personal production reports
  • Marketing of the firm and marketing as associates
  • Effective time management
  • Electronic courtroom
  • Effective use of technology

Diversity Statement

Roetzel maintains a policy of non-discrimination and inclusion with respect to all employees and applicants for employment. All decisions as to employment with the Firm are governed solely on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications, and are not influenced or informed in any manner by the employee’s or applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by statute.

All decisions made with respect to recruiting, hiring, and promotions for all job classifications are based solely on individual qualifications related to the requirements of the position. Likewise, all other personnel matters such as compensation, benefits, transfers, reduction-in-force, recall, discipline, evaluation, training, education, and social and recreational programs are administered according to the principles set forth in this Diversity Statement.

Roetzel also strives to maintain an atmosphere of inclusion and fairness for all employees and applicants, with the goal that all employees are made to feel welcomed, valued, and rewarded for their abilities and accomplishments according to the principles set forth in this Diversity Statement. The Firm holds all employees responsible for adherence to the letter and spirit of this Diversity Statement.

Paralegals/Staff

Roetzel recognizes that the collective efforts and achievements of our attorneys, paralegals and staff contribute to the overall success of our clients, and to the continuing growth of our firm. The firm offers the legal, administrative, research and support staff resources necessary to meet our clients' legal needs. Throughout our firm, Roetzel members are team and goal-oriented. When a large volume of work or an emergency assignment arises, our team members are ready to lend a hand to complete the project.

Our staff departments include the following:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Docket
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • File Clerk
  • Legal Assistant
  • Marketing
  • Nurse Consultant
  • Office Administrator
  • Practice Support
  • Paralegal
  • Receptionist
  • Research and Reference
  • Support Specialist

Professional Development
Roetzel hires people who demonstrate professionalism, intelligence, strong communication and organizational skills, initiative, and a client-service focus - both internally and with our clients. The firm invests in all employees' professional development by offering ongoing training programs in various technology applications and about firm resources. Roetzel offers a competitive salary and benefits package, as well as a work environment that is based on teamwork, mutual respect, and a commitment to serving our clients.

All new employees go through an orientation called "Inside Roetzel" in which they are introduced to the firm's operations and administrative procedures. It includes training on computers, research, conflicts, and ethics, as well as provides an overview of the firm's human resources, finance, and marketing departments. Our culture encourages collaboration at every level, which is reflected in the way staff and attorneys interact and work together.

Roetzel maintains a policy of diversity and non-discrimination with all employees and applicants for employment. All decisions made with respect to recruiting, hiring, and promotions for all job classifications are based solely on individual qualifications related to the requirements of the position.

Recruiting Contacts

Associates
To be considered for a position as an Associate, please submit your resume to:

Erika L. Haupt
614.723.2037

Support Staff

To be considered for a support staff position, please submit your resume to one of the following contacts:

Kelly Nizzer Bates | Akron
330.762.7635

Marianne Cecchi | Cleveland, Toledo
216.615.4833

Laura Chapa | Chicago
312.580.1212

Tom Terrell | Cincinnati, Columbus
614.723.2014

Julie Koenig-Hill | Fort Myers, Naples
239.649.2734

Summer Associate Program

Roetzel's Summer Associate and Associate Programs are administered with a strategic eye toward creating the professional and personal growth opportunities necessary for becoming a successful attorney. We understand the importance of thoroughly preparing you for your legal careers. Roetzel mainly hires second-year law students for its Summer Associate Program for the time period of May to August. Roetzel does consider first-year law students on a selected basis. We select law students who possess high academic achievement, a strong work ethic, effective problem solving skills and Roetzel cultural traits necessary to become a productive, valued associate at Roetzel.

The summer associate class size is hired with the intent of offering each law student a full-time job upon graduation, based upon each office's anticipated staffing needs for the following fall. We believe our approach allows you the opportunity to prove your technical, professional, and social skills without feeling that your fellow summer associates are competing for the same position. This is an extension of our firm's overall emphasis on a team-oriented environment.

Assignments
As a summer associate, you will receive a first-hand opportunity to apply law school theories to real-world situations. Roetzel offers exposure to a wide variety of practice areas and legal matters to challenge you. You are also offered the flexibility and the opportunity to focus more on a particular area of law that may interest you. Client-centered service, professional growth, and teamwork - this is Roetzel's culture. Our firm fosters professional development as you look to find the area of law in which you ultimately want to practice.

Our summer associates work alongside Roetzel attorneys. You are encouraged to attend and participate in hearings, depositions, mediations, closings, and client meetings where you are exposed to the legal arena. Assignments include: research; memo writing; and drafting of pleadings and motions.

Feedback
Feedback and constructive comments are essential to the success of our Summer Associate Program. Each assigning attorney prepares a written evaluation of your work product and provides informative feedback at the end of the project. The Summer Associate Coordinator also meets regularly with each of you to discuss progress. This allows you to have a fair idea of your progress on projects - where your strengths lie and how to address weaknesses - before the end of the summer. Our goals are two-fold: to ensure that as a summer associate, you get an accurate picture of what being a "Roetzel attorney" is all about, and to help develop your legal skills.

At the end of the program, you are evaluated based on work product, communication skills, and compatibility. This information is gathered from the overall summer evaluations submitted by assigning attorneys, as well as the input from other attorneys who have interacted with you. A team of attorneys reviews the information to make final determinations on hiring decisions.

Professional Development
As a summer associate, you are encouraged to attend regularly scheduled associate and practice group meetings and training sessions offered throughout the summer. For example, it is at the practice group meetings where you will hear about client matters and business development initiatives. You will also have the opportunity to receive specific training alongside our associates during the Associate Training Program.

We have an established Mentoring Program that consists of junior and senior attorneys who are assigned to you, in order to foster a smooth transition from law student to summer associate. These mentors meet regularly with the summer associates to provide feedback. They often address questions regarding work performance, suggest ways to improve certain skills, and answer questions regarding the firm or its procedures.

The goal of the Mentoring Program is to provide you with the support needed - in a casual informal manner - for your overall success while with the firm. Our summer associates find that the majority of attorneys in each office proactively take the time to get to know them and involve them in projects. These relationships often prove invaluable to many summer associates who have subsequently been hired as full-time associates upon graduation.

Social Activities
In addition to the emphasis on professional development, we also believe social development is important. During the course of the summer, you are invited to attend activities with our lawyers in both professional and social settings. Our attorneys are very active in each of their communities and often attend business and civic meetings, as well as charity events. Many times, both our summer associates and associates are invited to attend, which provides you an opportunity to interact directly with business decision makers. It is also an opportunity to learn and practice networking skills. In addition to city-specific events, you will have the opportunity to interact with summer associates from other Roetzel offices, beginning with the first day of orientation.

Recruiting Contacts
To be considered for a position in Roetzel's Summer Associate Program, please submit your resume to:

Erika L. Haupt
614.723.2037