Careers

Firm Culture

Parr Brown’s management style is unique among full-service commercial law firms. We operate on a consensus model, providing new associates equal participation in management. Associates have unparalleled participation in firm management as full voting members within various management committees. The committees are responsible for coming up with recommendations for firm governance, including business development and strategic planning; benefits; financial management; billing and collections; and technology.

Associates are treated as prospective shareholders from their first day on the job – a cultural attitude that affects virtually every aspect of an associate’s career at the firm. New associates are encouraged and expected to assume early and rapidly increasing levels of responsibility under the supervision of senior attorneys, providing associates with meaningful client and courtroom experiences.

Here’s what one new associate told the Intermountain Commercial Record, a local Salt Lake City newspaper:

“The attorneys at Parr Brown, and its reputation, are very high-quality. I wanted to practice with attorneys who would give me a real opportunity to learn. I’m working with shareholders who are taking the time to mentor me and show me the ropes. They are absolutely great. Right now I’m working on an appellate brief for a patent case—a very complicated patent case—before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. I’m also involved in some fascinating securities litigation.”

Through our strong client focus, continued skill development and careful practice management, we maintain strong revenue growth and economic stability. The firm is constantly recognized in publications such as Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, Mountain States Super Lawyers and Utah Business magazine’s Utah’s Legal Elite.

Attorney Recruiting

Parr Brown actively recruits summer clerks, the majority of whom have completed their second year of law school. A limited number of positions are available for first-year students and law school graduates who will be going on to judicial clerkships. We believe in hiring talented and energetic law students who are interested in making a long-term professional commitment.

We typically hire summer clerks who are in the top 10% of their law school class and show initiative through extra-curricular activities such as law review, Moot Court program participation and other activities. While grades are important, we also look at individual characteristics such as poise, leadership ability and written and verbal skills.

Hiring Process

Now Hiring:
Summer Clerks:

Representatives of Parr Brown work closely with university on-campus interview programs and attend recruiting functions throughout the year. Students from schools where the firm is conducting on-campus interviews should submit their resumes in accordance with their schools’ guidelines.

If we are not scheduled to interview on campus at your school, send a resume directly to:

  • Megan J. Houdeshel, Recruiting Committee Chair
  • 101 South 200 East, Suite 700
  • Salt Lake City, UT 84111

First-year students should submit resumes between December and February. Second- and third-year students should submit resumes between August and September. A transcript (unofficial OK) should also be submitted.

Associate Compensation

Parr Brown is committed to hiring top candidates from quality law schools and eliminating attrition among current attorneys. As a result, we are dedicated to remaining at the top of the compensation scale for the Salt Lake City market. In addition to guaranteed salaries, all full-time associates participate in firm profit-sharing distributions, have fully-paid medical and dental coverage for themselves and their families, and receive annual contributions to a 401(k) retirement plan. Summer associates receive weekly salaries that are adjusted annually to ensure that they are competitive with other Salt Lake City firms.