Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP was founded by prominent lawyers committed to excellence in the practice of law, while maintaining the highest ethical standards and diversity and individuality in its lawyers.
Consistent with the vision of our founders, Cleary Gottlieb is committed to openness, diversity, individuality and collegiality. The outstanding talent and individual interests of our lawyers are the essence of the firm. In recruiting new lawyers, we target women and men of all races and nationalities who possess superior intellectual capability, share the firm’s vision and values, and have the initiative and potential to become our future partners.
The organization and governance of the firm emphasize democratic and participatory ideals. To promote the full application of the firm’s resources in the best service of our clients’ needs, Cleary Gottlieb operates on a seniority-based compensation system not only for associates, but also for partners, with the principle that each partner should contribute equally to the firm’s success.
It is a core conviction of the firm that the practice of law is a privilege, one that carries with it the responsibility to apply our talents for the benefit of less privileged individuals and communities. As such, the firm dedicates a substantial amount of time and resources to pro bono legal work and other community activities.