The Complete Lawyer serves our clients well. Client concerns are routinely complex and demand sophisticated, multidisciplinary responses. Clients don’t come to Simpson Thacher for rote solutions. It’s therefore critical that we prepare associates to master the fundamentals across a range of challenging contexts; that way, associates will be able to apply those skills to difficult and varied—and sometimes never-before-seen—client problems.
This ideal of the Complete Lawyer also serves the growth of the Firm. Technologies and markets change ever more rapidly. Seizing opportunity requires the agility of versatile professionals— and economic cycles in a global economy command it. Developing complete lawyers is born of a long-held idea of legal excellence, but it also positions Simpson Thacher for tomorrow. In short, “complete” can mean the ability to “compete.”
Being trained as a generalist doesn’t preclude becoming a specialist. Our practice and clients expect it. And exceptional firms such as Simpson Thacher are expected to field nimble, creative teams. It would be untrue, then, to say we don’t need experienced lawyers with specific concentrations. We do. But room exists for exceptional generalists and specialists in the contemporary legal marketplace. Simpson Thacher has long developed both—and we think we are better for it.