Founding Partner Drew Beres Discusses Remote Work Culture in the American Lawyer

June 6, 2022

Croke Fairchild Duarte & Beres managing partner Drew Beres recently spoke with the American Lawyer about some of the recent trends in remote work, namely some law firms’ decisions concerning attorney pay scales for remote versus in-person work.

Many law firms, like CFDB, have already hired or have considered hiring fully remote attorneys, but recent surveys show that questions remain about how to pay them. As the competition for top talent continues among law firms, several Am Law 200 firms are paying fully remote attorneys on the same scale as those working in offices, but some experts believe this could change in the event of an economic downturn, with remote employees being forced to accept pay cuts.

Drew Beres was one of multiple partners asked to comment on this trend. Roughly one-third to one-half of CFDB’s workforce does not regularly work in the office, and the firm pays those attorneys the same as those who do work in office. “Our view is regardless of where you are, you’re doing the same work with the same compensation,” Drew told the American Lawyer.

“When we started CFDB we set out to create a different kind of law firm culture that would attract the best attorneys — no matter where they work from,” said Drew. “The firm’s remote work options help our attorneys achieve a better work-life balance, which, ultimately, greatly benefits their overall health, something that always has been and will continue to be a top priority.”

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