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National law firm Culhane Meadows looking to grow, hire in NJ

Working from home is business as usual for cloud-based law firm Culhane Meadows PLLC, which is looking to grow in the Garden State.

Its New Jersey office is officially in Princeton, but its six local partners – and 66 other partners nationwide – work mostly from home through Regus Virtual Office, through which they also have administrative and mail support.

Partners can use 116 Village Blvd., Suite 200 in Princeton whenever necessary as a day office or conference room.

“Two of our lawyers are litigators, so they do work in the state and federal courts in New Jersey. [Locating in Princeton] made sense to support that litigation practice,” said New York and New Jersey Office Managing Partner Jim Meadows, who is one of five co-founders of the firm.

Attorneys work 75 percent from home, he said.

A lot of lawyers have realized, one, now that they’re working from home, they don’t need the office as much as they thought they did; and two, they’re picking up cues either directly or indirectly on whether or not their firms are looking to invest in their practice areas in the long term.

Now, Meadows is looking to grow the firm’s New Jersey reach by adding more attorneys to its partner-only model. All Culhane Meadows partners have practiced for eight or more years and have Big Law experience.

“A lot of lawyers have realized, one, now that they’re working from home, they don’t need the office as much as they thought they did; and two, they’re picking up cues either directly or indirectly on whether or not their firms are looking to invest in their practice areas in the long term,” Meadows said. “In New Jersey, and this is the Northeast generally, we’re looking for people with solid litigation experience and practices, and commercial real estate is an area where we’re seeing an increase in interest as well as, unfortunately, bankruptcy,” Meadows said.

Culhane Meadows is open to anyone who has a solid practice, Meadows said.

“Our last hire in New Jersey was a patent lawyer,” he said. “We weren’t necessarily looking for a patent lawyer in New Jersey, but that’s where he was, and we’re happy to have him.”

Gabrielle Saulsbery
Albany, N.Y. native Gabrielle Saulsbery is a staff writer for NJBIZ and the newest thing in New Jersey. You can contact her at gsaulsbery@njbiz.com.

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