We are a rapidly growing, Houston-based law firm that pairs exceptional lawyers with sophisticated, challenging work.
Our firm is known for taking on intellectually demanding matters that require fresh, creative thinking. Founded in 2007 by attorneys from Vinson & Elkins and King & Spalding, we offer a diverse, collegial, and flexible work environment where all input is valued and work/life balance is respected. As the firm continues to expand, we remain committed to the principle that has guided our hiring practices since day one: recruiting, developing, and retaining excellence at every level.
Parental Leave Policy
We offer one of the most generous parental leave policies in the legal industry. Lawyers who are primary caregivers—regardless of gender—can take up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave following the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child. Secondary caregivers can take up to six weeks of paid parental leave. Time may be taken consecutively or spread out over a one-year period. We also offer “transition time” and flexible hours arrangements to all lawyers returning to work from parental leave.
Our associates are a vital part of every team and assume significant responsibility at the firm. We offer top-tier compensation and benefits comparable with Am Law 50 firms.
At SHJ, you will generally try cases during your first year, giving you valuable opportunities to hone your courtroom skills. You’ll also benefit from close collaboration with partners and senior counsel, who invest significant time and energy into nurturing our younger lawyers.
Current associates say:
“I feel like I’m learning the craft of law. I’m constantly stimulated intellectually, which means a lot to me.”
“I have lots of opportunities to go to court. Conversely, I have friends at big firms who are at my level and still pushing papers.”
“The firm actually tries cases, which makes for a great learning experience.”
“We do the same caliber of work as large firms without the rigid structure.”
“People here are honest, ethical, and kind. They prioritize doing good work, and they value authenticity.”
SHJ periodically seeks to hire experienced lawyers who share our bold energy, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to delivering exceptional legal services.
Because we are a firm that thrives on innovation and initiative, we provide high-level coaching and training to lawyers looking to develop new business. Partners and counsel are encouraged to shape their practices according to their individual strengths and goals.
Current partners say:
“I like being in an environment where there are lots of new ideas—being here is energizing. This is not a place with a ‘box.’ It’s designed to inspire original thought.”
“The firm gave me the opportunity to develop a mediation and arbitration practice when I joined.”
“A growing number of the very best lawyers are looking to balance their lives. SHJ has people who could work anywhere but choose to come to us.”
“We really care about what we are doing here. We always bring our best game.”
As part of our commitment to early, effective mentorship, we invite recent college graduates who are taking a “gap year” while considering law school to work with us full time for 1-2 years. In addition to providing a front-row seat to a career in trial law, our project assistant initiative helps participants with the law school application process and, ultimately, points the way to a successful legal career.
We host several students from Houston-area law schools for a paid summer law intern program during the summer after their first year. The program, which runs concurrently with our summer associate program for 2Ls, gives local students an early opportunity to gain experience in house at a successful trial firm and position themselves as outstanding candidates for top summer programs the following year.
We offer two-weeklong summer fellowships to 1Ls from historically excluded backgrounds. The fellowship includes a $10,000 stipend as well as lodging in Houston. Submit an application via email by March 1, 2022, to be considered for this year’s fellowship.
Paralegals and Staff
Our professional staff is an intrinsic part of the firm’s success. At SHJ, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of producing high-quality work that reinforces our reputation for outstanding client service. And you’ll get the support you need to pursue rewarding career development opportunities.
Current staff say:
“The firm places a huge value on personal relationships. Everyone’s unique gifts are appreciated.”
“The tone is set at the top—our partners work hard, but they really care about people. They always take time to check in on families and personal issues.”
“People at SHJ are honest, ethical, and kind. They prioritize doing good work, and they value authenticity.”