For more than a century, Dinsmore has provided quality legal counsel to our clients. In recent years, our practice has grown to become a full service law firm with offices across the country. Driven in part by its lead role in cases of national prominence, the firm, currently comprised of more than 725 attorneys, has continued to grow substantially over the past several years. The firm has offices located in 29 cities throughout California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
Dinsmore's practice is widely diversified, providing counsel for regional, national, and international clients. The firm is organized into five departments with many practice groups. The departments are: Corporate, Intellectual Property, Finance, Labor & Employment, and Litigation. The firm specializes in antitrust; banking; business, commercial, and fiduciary litigation; business reorganization; casualty and insurance defense; compensation and benefits; corporate; environmental law; estate planning; franchise and distribution; government and municipal law; health care; immigration; insurance coverage; intellectual property; labor and employment; mineral and energy; public finance; real estate; taxation; workers' compensation; and workout and bankruptcy.
As the primary source of new associates, the firm recruits first and second year law students for summer associate positions. The firm also welcomes judicial clerks, and recruits third year law students and lateral candidates as needed. To assist associates in their professional development and provide specific information as to their progress with the firm, Dinsmore has mentoring and training programs and an annual formal associate evaluation process. Associates are typically considered for partnership eight years after joining the firm, although partnership consideration is not limited to a fixed point in time. Associates have been promoted to partnership both before and after the “norm.”
The firm prides itself on a friendly and open atmosphere, which we believe is compatible with our objectives of the highest professional competence and success in the practice of law. The firm also encourages and supports community service and pro bono legal representation according to the interests of our attorneys. Compensation and benefits for summer clerks, as well as new associates, are competitive with comparable firms in the region.
Dinsmore sponsors five diversity scholarship programs for law students to work with The Procter & Gamble Company, Humana Inc., Lockheed Martin, Valvoline, and Yum! Brands, Inc. The scholarships are open to current first- and second-year law students with a demonstrated record of academic or professional achievement and leadership qualities. Applicants may be minorities or individuals who contribute meaningfully to diversity in their communities. Additional details can be found on our website, and additional information on our commitment to diversity and initiatives can be found under the “Diversity and Inclusion” section of this NALP form.
Dinsmore also offers a diversity fellowship program for students who clerk with the firm after their first year of law school. Based on performance during that summer, the firm may offer one or more students not only an offer of employment for the following summer, but an associate position following graduation. The firm pays scholarship funds to diversity fellows during their 2L Summer (in addition to their regular salary) and a stipend following law school graduation in addition to the stipend paid to all incoming associates.
Candidates interested in employment as an associate or summer associate with Dinsmore should submit a resume for consideration when our representative conducts virtual interviews or visits your campus. If the firm is not scheduled to visit your law school, we invite all interested students to submit a detailed resume with a law school transcript and a writing sample to the attention of Jennifer Stark, Director of Recruiting and Legal Personnel, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, 255 East Fifth Street, Suite 1900, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.
The recruiting process, summer associate program, diversity scholarship program, and the firm are described in more detail on our website, www.dinsmore.com.