Lateral Attorneys

JMBM is a California law firm built primarily by lateral attorneys. From its inception in 1981, the Firm has been successful with this model as evident by our growth from 12 lawyers to 120, and by our impressive lateral retention rate.

Lateral attorneys who join JMBM are seeking to move their practices to a firm with the depth and breadth of expertise and resources to serve their clients' needs. They seek a firm with a varied and sophisticated client base, as well as a management philosophy that provides stability, profitability and fairness.

JMBM's lawyers enjoy working together to solve clients' problems, and over the years many of us have built rewarding friendships with our colleagues. While we are large enough to handle a client's most complex matter, we are small enough to know all of our partners on a first-name basis. The Firm's management is accessible and responsive to the needs of our attorneys.

For our current openings, please see our Current Openings page.

Management Philosophy

JMBM takes its business seriously -- we believe that lawyers who care about their firm's bottom line will also respect their clients' resources.

We incur expenditures carefully and invest in our business wisely. We are not dependent on a handful of major clients -- or a couple of big rainmakers -- to provide cash flow. We are not highly leveraged with associates and are not bound to the hiring practices required to support that business model. Our commitment to financial responsibility is also manifest in our a high realization rate. These conservative practices have allowed us to remain debt free, and also allow us to provide our people with healthy, merit-based bonuses at the year's end. See the Daily Journal articles, Jeffer Has Steady Hands at the Financial Helm and The Managing Partner A-List.

JMBM's culture is one of energy and meritocracy. This meritocracy works because each JMBM partner embraces the Firm's philosophy of responsibility and accountability. We encourage an entrepreneurial approach to the business of practicing law and we reward productivity and business generation.

JMBM does not grow for growth's sake. But, we embrace growth when we are presented with opportunities that are right for us: the right lawyers, the right clients, the right markets.

We are looking for lawyers that share our passion for the practice of law, who are committed to providing outstanding results to clients, and who believe in our business model.

If you are a self-sustaining lawyer and you would like to explore practicing law with us, we would be pleased to hear from you. For a confidential conversation, contact Christine McWilliams at 310.785.5323.