“The number one priority for any lateral should be the culture of the law firm.”

Authors: A. Scott Bolden

A. Scott Bolden

Partner A. Scott Bolden didn’t envision himself in BigLaw after graduating from Howard University School of Law and Morehouse College. But he has built a 30-year career at Reed Smith, rising to managing partner of its Washington, D.C. office. Along the way, Scott has hired and recruited many lawyers to the firm. He believes the most important consideration is a firm’s culture. “Do I like the people I’m working with?” he asks. “Are they supportive? Can I grow my practice? Can I work with, and against, some of the best lawyers in the country? … Is it a nurturing environment?”