Interviewing/FAQs

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When interviewing for new associates, Gordon Feinblatt looks for candidates who have excellent academic credentials, possess superior writing and oratory skills, and have strong moral character and interpersonal skills. The candidate’s judgment, personality, and commitment to the legal profession are also considered in the interview process. 

In addition, Gordon Feinblatt considers prior legal and non-legal experience and extra curricular activities such as community involvement.

Opportunities For Interviews

Gordon Feinblatt considers candidates through a write-in process.  Candidates should send a resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and cover letter to Robyn D. Seabrease, Human Resources Director, 233 E. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Email:rseabrease@gfrlaw.com.

The Interview Process

Gordon Feinblatt conducts initial screening interviews for selected candidates.  The initial interview is conducted by two attorneys, lasts 20 to 30 minutes, and takes place in Gordon Feinblatt’s office in Baltimore.  If the initial interview results in a callback invitation, a second, more in-depth interview is scheduled during which the candidate will meet with at least four other attorneys in the Firm.  All callback interviews take place in the Firm’s office.  

Interview Expenses

Gordon Feinblatt reimburses out-of-town candidates for coach air fare, ground transportation, lodging, and meals incurred in conjunction with callback interviews. The Firm does not reimburse expenses associated with the initial screening interview.

FAQs

Q. When and how do I apply for a 1st year associate position?

A.  Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Robyn Seabrease, Human Resources Director, 233 E. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Email:rseabrease@gfrlaw.com.  

Q. How long will my 1st year associate interview last?

A. The initial screening interview generally lasts about 30 minutes.  The call-back interviews will last between one and one half to two hours.  

Q. What should I bring to my 1st year associate interview?

A. It is a good idea to bring extra copies of your resume, transcript, and writing sample.  References are not required for 1st year associate candidates.

Q. When can I expect to hear from Gordon Feinblatt after my initial 1st year associate screening interview?

A. We generally send letters to interviewees in law school inviting them for callback interviews within three weeks of their initial interview.

Q. How soon after callback interviews for 1st year associates can I expect to hear from Gordon Feinblatt?

A. Decisions are usually made within two weeks after call-back interviews and interviewees are notified of our decisions soon thereafter.

Q. What happens if you receive an offer from Gordon Feinblatt and a judicial clerkship?

A. Law Students who receive an offer from the Firm and decide to accept a judicial clerkship immediately following graduation may defer their offer at Gordon Feinblatt for one year.  Credit is given in the salary scale for clerkship at a federal or state court.

Q. Does Gordon Feinblatt hire experienced or lateral attorneys? If so, how do I apply?

A. The Firm hires experienced attorneys on an as-needed basis. These attorneys are hired to work in a specific practice area. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Robyn D. Seabrease, Human Resources Director, 233 E. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Email:  recruiting@gfrlaw.com.

Q. Who will I meet in the lateral position interview and how long will the interview last?

In the initial interview for a lateral position, you should expect to meet with two or three attorneys who work in the practice group with the hiring need, inlcuding the Chair of the group.  Initial interviews last approximately one hour.  If you are invited to a second interview, you will meet other members of the practice group along with the Firm's Managing Member and Hiring Member.  The second interview lasts between one to two hours.

Q. How many attorneys does Gordon Feinblatt have?

A. While the number of attorneys varies from time to time, Gordon Feinblatt has approximately 60 attorneys, all of whom work out of the Firm’s office in Baltimore.

Q. Is pro bono work available and do associates receive credit for doing pro bono work?

A. Consistent with Firm’s long-standing commitment to providing pro bono legal representation, the Firm has a designated pro bono coordinator who provides information about pro bono opportunities offered by public interest organizations such as Maryland Volunteer Legal Services. The Firm encourages pro bono service by recognizing it as 100% billable time.

Q. Is there a mentor program for associates?

A. Yes. All associates are assigned three mentors - a supervising Member, a senior mentor and a junior mentor. The supervising Member is generally responsible for monitoring work assignments, providing feedback with respect to the associate’s work product, and advising of Firm policies and general administrative procedures. The senior mentor meets and the junior mentor meet periodically with the associate to discuss matters affecting the associate’s life at the Firm.

Q. Is there a formal evaluation or review process for associates?

A. Associates receive continuous guidance and constructive feedback from the attorneys with whom they work. In addition, associates are formally evaluated on a semi-annual basis. In February and July of each year, associates meet with the Chair of their practice group and the Managing Member to review and discuss the associate’s performance over the preceding six-month period.

Q. What is the dress code at Gordon Feinblatt?

A. The Firm maintains a business casual dress code. However, attorneys are expected to dress in business attire when meeting with clients or attending hearings or meetings with professionals from outside the Firm.