Kalon. A Law Firm Like No Other.
Are you a student or lawyer looking for purpose, mastery, and autonomy in your career?
Launch Your Career at Kalon
We are devoted to teaching our people core professional skills and giving them opportunities to grow. Kalon is unique among our peers – we have a Kalon Fellowship for students who show promise as advocates. Our fellows work in a groundbreaking legal environment on human rights cases while developing professional skills and networks.
Kalon is a Place to Love the Law.
We have thought deeply about why many people work hard to become lawyers but later leave the law. Some firms privilege profit and turn the thumb screw on their employees. Not Kalon. We embrace what matters. Our business model is designed to help our people love practicing law, which means better legal services for our clients. We focus on the intrinsic motivators: purpose, mastery, and autonomy.
Our model is based on Daniel Pink’s book, Drive, in 2009. Miserable, unproductive employees work for employers who use only extrinsic motivators. Pink asserts that the happiest, most productive employees are intrinsically motivated.
At Kalon, we strive to practice intrinsic motivation. We are also deliberate about our culture. To see our culture deck, click here.
Find Something Worth Working For.
Solve a Client’s Problem:
Every case we have is actually a problem we are solving for someone else. Spend your time helping others.
Be Part of a Team:
We work together, not in competition with each other, to deliver better services to our clients.
We Are Values Based:
Ethics first. Client centered. Zealous representation. We have each other’s back. And no jerks.
We have a pro bono practice dedicated to Human Rights.
Part of being digital means we are green. We take up less space, commute less, and waste less. Our footprint is small.
Engage. Grow. Master.
Our team members learn the Kalon Core Skills: emotional intelligence, getting-things-done, and communication. We also teach decision quality, critical analytical thinking, and trial advocacy. We teach these skills with a matrix of readings, on-line classes, active learning, and mentoring.
We do more than teach you how to think like a lawyer: we teach you to be a lawyer.
We take our representation of our clients seriously. We don’t think of our cases as small or big: we think of each client as individually important and bring our A game to each one.
Be Your Own Person
A Flat Hierarchy:
Even though we have different roles, we don’t have rigid social structures. We understand the best ideas can come from anywhere and we encourage our people to speak up. Plus, we realize we are partners in our success and in our clients’ success.
We practice in a digital environment. That means you can work from home, in our loft in the Colt Building, or wherever else you have access to the internet. We stay in touch with Google Hangouts and Slack and are probably more connected than teams who work in the same building and sit in their offices all day.
We are not annual-billable-hour-goal driven. Instead, we are performance driven, with a revenue-based compensation system. Focus on solving your client’s problems, not on using their problems to meet an external annual billable hour goal (we’ve never met a client who was impressed by how many hours a lawyer billed).
DIY Goals and Reviews:
We don’t dictate your goals; you do. Then, you hold yourself accountable.
Get in Court, Try a Case, Argue an Appeal:
We operate in state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate levels. We give our people progressively more interesting and challenging work and encourage independent problem solving.
Follow Your Bliss:
We encourage our people to have a non-billable “bliss venture” so they may follow their bliss, pursuing a pet project, whatever it may be, for at least 10% of their time.
If our model fits your world view, we’d like to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kalon is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer