“The largest group of lawyers we brought in this year is one,” Goldberg Segalla Managing Partner Richard J. Cohen told Law360. In a feature focusing on the legal recruitment market in 2019, the publication singled out Goldberg Segalla’s sustained, organic growth strategy: The firm has hired 68 attorneys in 2019, all without a merger, acquisition, or “batch” adoption of attorneys from another firm. “These are 68 people we recruited individually, which is very consistent with the way we have grown,” Rick explained. “I’m proud of the way we’ve gone about it. We’re going to grow naturally or we’re not going to grow at all.”
The article, “Despite Recession Chatter, Lateral Market Sizzles In 2019,” noted that Goldberg Segalla’s growth in 2019 has been consistent with its strategy since its founding in 2001. Legal media have consistently noted Goldberg Segalla’s historic growth and different approach to hiring:
Goldberg Segalla’s 68 individual hires in 2019 bring the firm’s headcount to roughly 430 attorneys across 21 offices across 10 states.
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Rick, a founding partner of Goldberg Segalla, has been the firm’s managing partner since its inception and has led its dynamic growth from a team of seven attorneys into one of the largest law firms headquartered in the United States. Rick oversees all of the firm’s operations across its more than 20-office footprint, and is responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s strategic direction, driving its geographic expansion, and cultivating leadership within the firm and throughout the greater business community. He plays a primary, active role in the recruitment of all lawyers and administrative leaders firm-wide, equipping Team GS with high-caliber professionals who embody the firm’s core values of collaboration, team-orientation, and extraordinary service.
Since 2001, Goldberg Segalla has grown from a handful of pioneers into a team of over 1000—from a ramshackle space filled with card tables and saw-horse desks to over 20 offices across 10 states and in the U.K.—from a dream of a different kind of culture into a reality that’s changing the practice of law. The firm has done all this without ever compromising on its founding principles—never undertaking a merger or large acquisition, and growing essentially one lawyer at a time.