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Working as an attorney

You shape your own career path at Gorrissen Federspiel

As an attorney with us, you will work with clients and colleagues across cultural, legal and geographic boundaries. You will progress in a dynamic and inspiring working environment, where team spirit shapes the culture and where we prioritise your development.

During your first years as an attorney, you will organise your career development in dialogue with your counsellor, and you will be in continuous dialogue about your career development and ambitions. Career development, performance and well-being are not just an annual talk. It is something we prioritise. We hold quarterly check-ins as part of the follow-up. Throughout your career, you will be offered development opportunities. This includes courses in presentation and negotiation techniques, as well as courses in management, sales and business principles. Individual coaching sessions are also available.

A unique opportunity to gain international experience

As part of your development, we also place great emphasis on improving your international skills. In a typical course within the first 1-5 years of your career at Gorrissen Federspiel, you have the opportunity either to take a postgraduate course at a foreign university (LL.M.) or to be seconded to an international law firm. You can also strengthen your commercial insight and understanding of clients’ challenges through a shorter or long secondment with one of our clients.

A career path that matches your dreams

There are several paths to a good and exciting working life, and it is possible – depending on your life situation – to organise both the career progression and the career path itself at the pace that suits you best. A variety of career paths and development opportunities are available, and you can choose the one that best suits your ambitions.

Your further career may lead to a position as managing counsel or practice area counsel or to partnership. You can also choose to continue as an attorney in the normal manner. A position as managing counsel/practice area counsel requires you to be exceptionally skilled, have a unique professional profile and have a desire to deliver a strong and committed performance in all contexts. We do not have an actual partner programme, because we believe it is individual what it takes to get there. Some need to be trained in management, some in business development, while others need something else.

Together, we will find the career path that suits you.

Chastine Elisa Christensen, attorney, Dispute Resolution

It was not on the cards that Chastine should be a litigator. But curiosity about the legal profession led her to apply for a position in the Dispute Resolution group when she began as assistant attorney with Gorrissen Federspiel. She has not regretted this decision.

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I’m an attorney in our Dispute Resolution group, where I work with the preparation and execution of large and complex litigation and arbitration cases. One of the things that I find extremely interesting about my job as a litigator is that you deal with many different areas of the law, because it’s not a classic practice area.

It wasn’t on the cards that I should be a litigator. But it was important for me to gain experience in the legal profession, and I therefore applied for a position in the Dispute Resolution group when I changed my title from law student to assistant attorney. I was completely hooked on the work of preparing court cases, which I had thought would be a little tedious and required more patience than I have by nature – but this is far from being the case.

The cases are rarely alike, and I’ve been involved in litigation concerning everything from offshore drilling rigs to IT systems, acquisition and sale of companies, securities law issues, insurance cases and much more. This also means that I get to work with people with completely different backgrounds and qualifications, which is a great inspiration to me.

The work itself varies greatly. Depending on where we are in the process, the days are spent on preparing pleadings on different issues, talking to witnesses, experts or advisers on all aspects of the case. If we are in the middle of a hearing, it, of course, involves going to court.

Due to the magnitude of the cases, we often work in large teams, and the cooperation with my colleagues and the special team spirit are two things that I truly value in my work.

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