Culture at Phelps Dunbar

What makes a law firm a great place to work? The challenging work, the people and the culture. At Phelps Dunbar, we pride ourselves on our collegial and supportive culture that embraces quality of life while offering attorneys sophisticated work and professional development to further their careers and provide excellent service to clients. 

Hear from a few lawyers about the culture at Phelps…

Work/Life Balance

“The people at Phelps Dunbar understand the demands of a busy and complex transactional law practice and the hard work needed for our clients, but the firm also has the flexibility to help its staff and attorneys maintain a satisfying work-life balance.”  Melanie Breaux – Associate, New Orleans Business Group

“Phelps Dunbar is committed to ensuring the success of its attorneys, both personally and professionally.  As a young attorney, the firm is giving me the tools that I need not only to grow my practice, but to become more actively involved in my community.  And, as a female attorney, Phelps has created an environment that is very supportive and inclusive.  I am provided with the resources necessary to balance a challenging and interesting legal career with my responsibilities as a wife and mother.”  Tessa Vorhaben – Associate, New Orleans Litigation Group

Complex and Interesting Work

“I enjoy a varied practice representing clients in real estate, banking and finance matters. At Phelps, I have had the opportunity to work on sophisticated acquisition, disposition, leasing and development deals and complex title insurance and loan workout matters. Further, the partners have always supported my involvement in the community and my desire to dedicate my practice to the Florida real estate industry.”  Josh Podolsky – Partner, Tampa Business Group

“I have been with Phelps Dunbar since the day I graduated law school thirteen years ago.  That's pretty rare.  This is a great firm to work for, mainly because of the people I get to work with every day.  I have been able to work on some very interesting and complex transactions due to the sophistication of the firm's clients.  I feel very blessed to be able to come to work for this firm every day.”  Jaime Hurley – Associate, New Orleans Business Group

Collegial Firm

“The relationships I have formed at Phelps Dunbar make the workplace environment unparalleled.  I don't have colleagues at Phelps, I have friends.”  Will Beasley – Associate, Tupelo Litigation Group

“Phelps Dunbar has been a great fit for me since I arrived after graduating from law school.  My favorite thing about working at Phelps Dunbar is the on-going education received each day, whether it is a legal drafting technique from a senior attorney while working on a billion dollar credit facility or a family recipe for a holiday casserole from a member of the staff during an office party.  I am surrounded by diverse, talented individuals each day, many of which have been integral parts of my growth as a young attorney at a law firm that I am very proud to work for.”  Bart Bacigalupi – Partner, New Orleans Business Group

Client Service Culture

“Since starting at Phelps Dunbar as a summer law clerk 16 years ago, I have always been proud of the firm’s culture and commitment to excellence in client services.  Whether the client is  a multinational corporation, a governmental agency or a pro bono client, the firm dedicates tremendous resources toward getting the best results for its clients.”  Chris Ralston – Partner, New Orleans Litigation Group

“In my five years with Phelps Dunbar, I have gained the legal and professional foundation to serve our clients in a productive, diverse, and cohesive environment. I am empowered to find my unique voice and become the best possible advocate for our clients in the U.S. as well as abroad.”  Sarah Van Schoyck – Associate, Tampa Insurance Group

“I believe that two minds are better than one – especially when analyzing complex legal issues.  To me, the greatest benefit of having merged with a large, regional firm is the network of colleagues I have gained.  I want to provide clients with superior services and I’m even more confident in my ability to do so with access to so many legal minds.” Meegan Colclough – Associate, Mobile Business Group