Nossaman at age 60 is in its Golden Years
SAN FRANCISCO (January 19, 2007) – In a merger rich environment, where mega firms just keep getting bigger, 130-attorney firm Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP continues down a path of sustainable growth, steadily growing and enjoying record profits along the way. Today, the firm announces per partner profits have surpassed the $500,000 mark for 2006, representing a 75% increase from seven years ago when Scott DeVries took over as the firm's Managing Partner.
"Firms our size can flourish so long as they maintain the proper focus and execute on their game plan. At Nossaman, we focus on what we do best, providing the highest quality service to clients in a few select areas of the law. This strategy has enabled us to grow and thrive during a period of rapid consolidation in the legal industry," said Scott DeVries. "We have found a way independent of acquisitions to increase the number of attorneys and lobbyists at the firm by 45% from 93 in 2000 to 135 today, and to double the firm's revenues."
Additionally the firm has focused its attention more recently on diversity initiatives by creating a Diversity Committee and placing increased importance on pro-bono participation by allowing time spent working on pro-bono matters to count toward the firm's overall billable hour requirement. Along with other industry leaders, the firm has increased associate salaries to $135,000. In August, Nossaman opened a Seattle office to further serve Infrastructure clients in the Pacific Northwest. This is the third new office opening in the past three years, growth fueled by the firm's Infrastructure Practice Group. Expanding from four offices in California to seven nation wide including Washington, D.C./Virginia and Austin, Texas, the firm is now better able to serve regional and national clients.