I know this sounds insecure, but I hear often that you are a tough place to work, and it’s not worth it. That conversation happens often. And that’s how I know that this reputational thing is a problem.
We’re like college sports: The players pick us. And the misconception of who we are is not helpful to our institution.
— Jon Ballis, chairman of Kirkland & Ellis, commenting on his firm’s reputational problems within the Biglaw enclave, in a series of interviews with Bloomberg Law. Ballis wants to change the narrative and let would-be Kirkland associates know that the firm is simply misunderstood. “We have a system that demands a lot from people, gives them a lot of responsibility, and requires people to work together,” he said. “And if you don’t want to work together, we’re not your kind of firm.”
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