Hiring FAQ's

Job expectations and employee benefits will vary depending on the specific job description. We encourage you to contact a member of our human resources team with any specific questions that you might have about the firm and/or our hiring process.  Below you will find answers to several commonly asked questions:

About the Firm
Expectations of Employees
Benefits and Compensation

About the Firm

What type of work does the firm conduct?
Cassiday Schade LLP is a civil litigation firm specializing in the defense of businesses and individuals in a wide range of practice areas. To learn more about the diverse range of service areas that we provide, visit the “About Us” and “Practices” sections of our Web site.

What is the firm's work environment like?
There is a great deal of camaraderie at Cassiday Schade.  Our “open door” policy with both staff and attorneys helps new team members get acclimated. We find that new employees are easily integrated into the firm. Our team approach also gives everyone in the firm a supportive environment in which to work.

How does the firm recognize high performing employees?
Cassiday Schade was built on a foundation of offering superior service. Upholding that tradition, our firm actively looks for ways to reward employees that work hard and go the extra mile. Attorneys and managers may have the opportunity to earn a bonus annually based upon their contribution to the firm. Support staff employees showing exemplary service may be nominated for recognition with the firm’s Above and Beyond Program.

Is there a dress code?
The firm’s offices are business casual. Professional dress is necessary for attendance at court and depositions as well as for other employees during client meetings or otherwise representing the firm outside of the office.  Support staff are invited to take advantage of casual dress on Fridays.

Are there opportunities to socialize outside of the office?
Employees of the firm are known to be very hard workers but also enjoy firm sponsored opportunities throughout the year to socialize with colleagues and clients. Cassiday Schade sponsors and encourages participation in many cultural and community events.

What leadership committees exist within the firm?

  • Associate Evaluation Committee
  • Associate Liaison Committee
  • Associate Training Committee
  • Diversity Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Green Committee
  • Paralegal Liaison Committee
  • Hiring Committee

Expectations of Employees

What are the "hours"?
While work/life balance is a value that is embraced at Cassiday Schade, we expect that all employees are willing to commit the time necessary to provide the highest quality legal service to our clients. All employees (staff and attorney) are expected to maintain a regular office presence. Naturally, these expectations are defined differently for varying positions within the firm. Management and support staff have scheduled hours in order to provide ongoing coverage for attorney and other firm needs. Attorneys are expected to have visibility within the office in addition to the external work that they engage in with existing clients and on new business development.

What are the billable hour requirements?
Cassiday Schade sets goals commensurate with experience level (year of license). It is expected that all attorneys in the firm will meet firm expectations. New law school graduates are welcomed to the firm with an emphasis on learning and growing as an attorney as opposed to meeting a billable hour requirement. We strive to do all we can to acclimate new attorneys not only to their new profession, but also to the firm and our clients. 

Benefits and Compensation

What benefits are offered to employees?
In addition to offering competitive salaries, the firm offers a comprehensive set of benefits to our employees. Please remember that employee benefits vary depending on your position and employment status with the firm. Full time, part time and contract employees will be provided with a complete overview of benefits during their hiring process. Below is an overview of benefits that the firm makes available (note that this list is not comprehensive and may be subject to change):

  • 401 (k) and profit sharing
  • Annual merit based bonus structure
  • Blackberry program
  • Continuing professional development
  • Corporate parking program
  • Direct deposit
  • Discount programs for other Chicago-area retailers (movie theaters, amusement parks, etc.) 
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee referral bonus program
  • Health insurance (eligible at date of hire)
  • Life, long-term disability and AD&D insurance (firm paid, effective date of hire)
  • Paid time off (firm paid holidays and vacation)
  • Reimbursement, through a Flexible Spending Account, on a pre-tax basis for qualified medical, dental, dependent care, transit and parking expenses
  • Voluntary elective benefits (including supplemental life, AD&D, dental and vision)

Does the firm have a bonus structure?
Attorneys and managers may have the opportunity to earn a bonus annually based upon contribution to the firm.

Does the firm support professional development?
Employees are expected to have the basic skills necessary to complete the functions of their job at the time of their hire. In addition to those skills, Cassiday Schade makes every effort to provide ongoing training and development for our staff. These opportunities may be offered in the form of group training or on an as needed one-on-one basis.

In addition to supporting attorney involvement in external, in-person networking and development opportunities, attorneys may take advantage of the firm's membership with Practising Law Institute (PLI), a non-profit continuing legal education organization chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, founded in 1933. PLI is dedicated to providing the legal community and allied professionals with the most up-to-date, relevant information and techniques, which are critical to the development of a professional, competitive edge. They provide the highest quality seminars held annually in locations across the United States, annually supplemented Treatises, Audio CDs and DVDs, MP3s, Live Webcasts, Course Handbooks, and On-Demand Learning.