Resumes for administrative staff (non-lawyer) positions at Owen Bird Law Corporation should be forwarded to our Human Resources Manager.
Application packages (including law school and undergraduate transcripts, resume, cover letter and letter(s) of recommendation) from lawyers or law students may be forwarded to the Chair of our Associates/Articling Students Committee, James Zaitsoff and/or Pamela Sheppard.
The lawyers at Owen Bird share a common practice philosophy. We strive for excellence in our practice but attempt to do so in an environment that is relaxed and enjoyable. We believe that there is more to life than the practice of law, and all lawyers and students are encouraged to live balanced lives.
While our shareholder/associate ratio of roughly 2:1 may appear high, it reflects our belief that associates should be invited to join as a shareholder once they have demonstrated sound judgment and attained a requisite level of experience and skill.
The management of the firm is democratic, not hierarchical. The worth of the individual is reflected in the fact that, in spite of our size, we continue to make major policy decisions after seeking the input of all.
We do not have as many organized social events as do some firms. Our strength lies in the way in which we socialize on an informal basis.
There are, however, certain annual social events designed to foster Firm spirit and friendship. There is an annual holiday party, a summer party and a bi-annual weekend retreat for lawyers and students. We have informal sports teams which everyone is welcome to join.
Library Facilities & Technology
The Firm has a comprehensive library which includes up to date computer research facilities and has one full-time librarian. Lawyers and students have easy access to online research sources including Quicklaw Advance and Westlaw Canada Next (Best Case Library) and other internet based services.
Other Unique Features of Our Firm
We reward results and efficiency through our remuneration system. Senior associates are given the option to participate in an incentive system which gives them an opportunity to earn more than their contemporaries elsewhere. Our shareholders are compensated, to a significant extent, according to performance rather than seniority.
Salaries & Benefits
We pay top-tier salaries that are competitive with other major Vancouver law firms. In addition, our associates are covered by a benefit package which includes B.C. medical benefits, group life and disability insurance, extended health and dental coverage, and a parental leave policy. The Firm pays the practice fees and liability insurance premiums for all lawyers. As mentioned above, senior associates participate in our “incentive” program which is a financial bonus system unique among law firms. Students and lawyers are encouraged to attend Continuing Legal Education courses and other legal seminars at the Firm’s expense.
Owen Bird looks for well-rounded, self-motivated individuals who possess sound judgment, solid work ethic and good inter-personal skills. We are attracted to individuals who demonstrate the personal qualities which are likely to make them compatible members of our Firm.