What is it like to work at Silicon Legal? Throughout the year, we offer many opportunities for professional development, community involvement as well as personal growth as a member of a fun, motivated and skilled team.
From monthly organized events to many impromptu gatherings, the team at SLS always knows how to have fun at work and with each other. Our team events range from quarterly wine tastings with our associate-sommelier, Giants Game outings, semi-annual Karaoke nights out (competitions!), team building at PaniQRoom, trips to Sonoma wineries, cheese tastings, cooking classes, an annual “tracksuit and trivia” day, mixology classes, wine tasting cruises on the Bay and family events like Bring your Kids to Work Day and Family Food Truck Night.
Volunteering: SLS encourages all team members to be involved in the community and supports employees as they volunteer their skills and time at various organizations throughout the Bay Area. Additionally, we host office-wide competitions and challenges that support nationwide charitable organizations such as EarthJustice, the Animal Welfare Institute, the USTA NorCal Foundation and Prevent Child Abuse America. Over the last several years, our team members have spent a considerable amount of time volunteering at GLIDE Memorial, an SF-based organization focused on combatting poverty in the city.
“Off the Record” Events: We organize periodic events with associates and paralegals at other firms to provide them with an opportunity to get to know our incredible team in a non-recruiting, low-pressue setting.
Wellness: SLS is committed to the development and happiness of our team. We seek to proactively and positively influence the mental and physical well-being of the team through subtle changes. Some primary initiatives this past year included (i) promoting the wellness conversation, (ii) creating a well-being check-in and (iii) celebrating wellness related victories. Activities included fitness challenges, in-house massage therapy opportunities, meditation events and a wellness- focused Speaker Series. In 2020 SLS is looking to promote stress management and personal growth across the team. We are planning numerous events including a Mindfulness training, a holistic medicine presentation and a therapy dog event.
Lunch N’ Learns: SLS is committed to the professional growth of its associates and paralegals. Regularly, we bring in speakers over the lunch hour to address not only issues raised in other related practice areas (IP, litigation, tax, estate planning, employment law), but we also bring in speakers to keep us informed on cutting edge and evolving legal issues. We’ve recently had speakers in to discuss Brexit, Data Security, Immigration, GDPR, Cryptocurrency and ICOs, opensource and various accounting issues. We also are able to bring in clients and friends of SLS to share personal stories, such as the “Startup CEO’s Journey” and “Raising your First Venture Fund.” Finally, our partners give presentations to the team on how they approach business development in an annual “Biz-Dev Lunch N’ Learn.”
Client Service Training: SLS is committed to delivering the very best client service experience in the technology startup space. We believe that clients are looking for a reassuring, user-friendly customer service experience that allows them to focus on growing their business and leaves them feeling confident that their legal affairs are being handled efficiently and accurately. We call that “The Silicon Legal Strategy Client Experience”. To help promote this mission, SLS offers training to its associates that is specifically tailored to its client service approach, time management matters as well as business development — training you will not find at other law firms.
Personal Development: SLS knows the importance of interpersonal relationships in the workplace and is committed to providing coaching and support in this area. Patrick Ewers, Principal at MindMaven, works closely with management and led a five session long “Speaker Series” presentation for the entire team. The sessions ranged from “Active Listening”, “Delegation”, “Being Present”, “Avoiding Professional Procrastination” and “Reaching your fullest potential through leveraging your relationships”. Patrick is a success coach, a frequent speaker and author of numerous blog posts on fostering relationships. We also work with Cara Hale Alter, renowned author of The Credibility Code and go-to speaker and expert for training individuals in the art and science of projecting confidence and competence. Our latest speaker was Jeena Cho, co-author of The Anxious Lawyer and regular contributor to ABA Journal, and Above the Law where she covers resilience, work/life integration, and wellness in the workplace.