April 19, 2010
Partner Paul F. McCurdy was quoted in The Connecticut Law Tribune article, "Forcing Their Hand."
The piece addressed a trend, where some firms are limiting the billing of junior level associates, in response to client demands. The article stated:
"Paul F. McCurdy, a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren's Stamford office, understands why restricting or even eliminating first-year associates' involvement might sound like a good cost-cutting move, but he noted that such a blanket policy might not be best for the client, depending on the type of business or regulatory experience that rookie attorney might bring to the table.
'The legal industry is not a one-size-fits-all profession,' McCurdy said. 'Banning first-year associates from projects may sound, at first blush, like a good policy but I think it is better to look at each situation case by case and the right thing for the client.'
And there's a baseball analogy here that teaches a valuable lesson, McCurdy noted: '[New York Yankees superstar] Derek Jeter had a pretty good rookie year. It would have been a shame to bench him ignoring all the value he could bring to the team solely because he was a rookie.'"