Staff

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At Bowditch & Dewey, we realize that our support staff is just as important to bringing high quality legal service to our clients as are our attorneys. We recruit only the best legal professionals, creating a team-orientated environment where our attorneys and staff can meet the challenges of our clients together.

Paralegals

  • Paralegals are assigned to one of the firm's practice areas based on experience and the firm's needs.
  • Paralegals complete a comprehensive orientation and training program.
  • A senior paralegal is assigned to newly hired paralegals to act as a mentor and provide instruction, support and guidance.
  • While paralegals report directly to their Practice Area Leader, the Human Resources Department is responsible for staff matters affecting paralegals and serves as a resource to the paralegal staff.  

Compensation & Benefits

Bowditch & Dewey has established three levels for Paralegals that reflect an individual's skills, knowledge and abilities. The salary ranges are set at a level competitive with local law firms and companies with in-house legal departments.

Level 2 and 3 paralegals receive the following benefits:

  • Three weeks paid vacation/four weeks after three years of employment
  • Eleven paid holidays
  • Medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, short and long term disability insurance
  • Supplemental salary continuation of eight weeks
  • Flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care
  • 401(k) savings plan and profit sharing plan
  • Educational assistance
  • Free parking in our Worcester and Framingham offices

Legal Administrative Assistants

  • Legal administrative assistants at Bowditch & Dewey complete a teamthat of themselves and the attorneys they support.
  • Legal administrative assistants complete a comprehensive orientation and training program which includes description of firm, work assignments, performance expectations, introduction to staff and attorneys, time reporting and management, computer system training and more.
  • A Group Coordinator is assigned to each area to act as a resource for workflow issues and to provide instruction, support and guidance.
  • While legal administrative assistants report directly to their assigned attorney for work assignments, the Director of Human Resources is responsible for personnel matters affecting legal secretaries and serves as a supervisor and resource to the staff.

In addition to formal training programs, there are monthly legal administrative assistants' meetings to discuss practice area issues and administrative matters and provide legal administrative assistants with the chance to "connect" with one another.

Compensation & Benefits

Bowditch & Dewey has established five levels for legal administrative assistants that reflect an individual's skills, knowledge and abilities. The salary ranges are set at a level competitive with local law firms and companies with in-house legal departments.

All support staff receive the following benefits:

  • Two weeks paid vacation/three weeks after three years of employment
  • Eleven paid holidays
  • Paid emergency time up to 64 hours per year
  • Medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, short and long term disability insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care
  • 401(k) savings plan and profit sharing plan
  • Educational assistance
  • Free parking in our Worcester and Framingham offices

Internships

The Firm actively recruits college and high school students for its spring, fall and summer internship programs. Students are provided an opportunity to gain practical experience and demonstrate skill, talent and interest by working closely with the firm's attorneys, paralegals, legal secretaries and administrative staff.

Paralegal interns are assigned to practice areas where they receive work assignments and supervision from the firm's paralegals and trust officers. Secretarial interns are assigned to practice areas where they receive work assignments and supervision from legal secretaries. The Director of Human Resources is involved in coordinating work assignments to ensure a varied and highly educational experience and students receive written evaluations at the end of each session. Students receive orientation and training in such areas as the functions of the firm's practice areas, computer concepts and file management. During the summer program, training and general meeting sessions are scheduled for all students with firm attorneys and paralegals from each practice area.

The firm has partnerships with West Boylston School-To-Career Program and the MetroWest School-To-Career Partnership that provide practical work experience to high school students in both our Worcester and Framingham offices.

Compensation & Benefits

Internships may be paid or unpaid depending on the program offered through the school or community organization.

Interns receive the following benefits:

  • Free parking in our Worcester and Framingham offices

Dedicated to diversity: Bowditch & Dewey focuses on the inclusive hiring of those candidates having excellent skills with a broad range of experiences, knowledge and perspectives. Diversity within the firm promotes an open and mutually respectful workplace and the delivery of superior service to its clients.