Why the Best Law School Graduates Choose Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Over Larger Law Firms

  1. During the financial crisis, instead of layoffs, we increased by 20 percent the number of attorneys we have on staff.
  2. The opportunity to make more money: all attorneys starting as first year associates participate in our firm-wide revenue sharing where each attorney receives a third of their billing that the firm collects.
  3. 100 percent of attorneys with the firm since our first hiring class made partner during or before their 8th year at the firm. All of these partners are women, one of whom, while pregnant, made partner, and very shortly thereafter went on maternity leave.
  4. We consistently win Best Place to Work awards because of our benefits focusing on improving employees’ talents and personal lives. We understand the importance of nutrition (our offices are always stocked with healthy fruits and foods) and the importance of exercise (we pay for 80 percent of gym memberships).We teach how to dress for success by educating on persuasive clothes and buying new attorneys their first suit.
  5. Turnover is almost nonexistent and when we do lose an employee in some cases it is to go in house at one of our clients.
  6. A notable magazine has reported that our attorneys and staff have the highest level of job satisfaction.
  7. Our revenue has grown each year, even during the downturns, with an average growth of 22% per year since 2006. Although we cannot predict the future, our reserve fund structure should assist us in handling any rainy days in the future.
Summer Associate Program

The Best Externship/Internship Program in the Country

No law firm in New York has produced a better internship and externship program in the country and this is proven by the number of attorneys who started as interns and then summer associates and many years later are the leading attorneys in their profession. Many of these attorneys have received the highest law firm awards, including Best Law Firm by Best Lawyers, Leading Real Estate Lawyer for Chambers USA, nine Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by Super Lawyers, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and highest possible ranking in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell. For our size, we have more externs that became full time attorneys and then Super Lawyers than any other firm in the country.

The Numbers

  • Over 80 percent of our externs either received full time employment with our firm or we assisted in placing with the judiciary or finding other employment with another law firm.
  • In the past five years, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has hired nine law school interns full-time after graduation.
  • More than half our attorneys, including several partners, are under the age of 40.
  • We have more externs that become full-time attorneys and then Super Lawyers than any other firm in the country

The Training

Our interns become lawyers in training and are part of the legal team and learn on the case or deal. Being assigned to active cases and made part of the team has given externs and interns the ability to produce amazing results. Only the very best law school students will make it at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. as we are considered among the best, if not the best, real estate law firm in New York City. Because Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. practices only one type of law, all of our associates rapidly become experts. Our externs never make coffee or copies. We have exciting cases that require hard work and sweat as well as the smartest most aggressive, passionate, loyal and committed students who are ready to change the world one real estate case at a time. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has some of the most challenging and most high profile cases in the nation where staff expertise really does make a difference for the client, the community and, sometimes, the nation. Interns will participate in a wide range of tasks that may include conducting case investigation, legal research, and discovery; meeting with clients and experts; and preparing memoranda, briefs, and other legal documents for administrative, judicial and transactional proceedings.


Legal Internship / Summer Associate

We choose the most talented applicants. When interviewing candidates for these positions, we look to see whether they have the potential to be great at our firm. Once we hire someone, the training, mentoring and teaching never stops. We strive for greatness in everything we do and expect our interns to do the same. We encourage you to express your opinions and share your ideas to improve our work.

Undergraduate Law Internship

Undergraduate Law Internship

The AV rated law firm was recognized by Chambers and Super Lawyers and was voted one of the Best Places to Work in NYC by Crain’s Magazine. This office is now accepting applications for full or part time undergraduate law school interns for Summer 2016. The position is designed for current undergraduate students seeking a hands-on experience in the legal world.

Responsibilities: Undergraduate interns work under the direct supervision of attorneys and paralegals in the development and prosecution of real estate, commercial leasing, closing and representation of lenders. Interns will participate in a wide range of tasks that may include conducting legal research, and discovery, putting together motions, and assisting law clerks with traveling to court and handling files.

Candidates may be any year of undergrad, but must meet the minimum requirement of a 3.5 GPA. To apply for the internship at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. please provide resume and cover letter to

What we look for?

Prerequisite for Joining Our Team: Greatness

At each interview we explain that this law firm is only for great people and that those that do not desire to reach for greatness should not apply for a position. Greatness, as we see it, is an inner motivation to treat every task and every job like it is the most important matter on earth. Greatness does not accept defeat but constantly attempts to use every setback as an opportunity for self-improvement, leading inevitably to greater and greater success in achieving our clients’ goals. Greatness does not believe in surrender; it uses adversity and sacrifice as challenges to be overcome by persistence and endurance. Greatness does not believe in excuses. Greatness rewards itself by the satisfaction derived from working tirelessly, pressing on until victory has been achieved regardless of the struggle.

Greatness Equals Equality

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. is founded on the fundamental principle of universal equality enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, the principle that greatness is blind to race, color, creed, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, and all other forms of differentiation. As we continue our quest to build the best real estate law firm in New York’s history, we embrace and celebrate the diversity of both the staff and the pool of talent available to us. Greatness includes passion, love for the law, devotion to our clients’ mission and the inner compulsion to let no matter rest until our clients’ goals have been achieved.

Compensation & Benefits

Superior Compensation

Besides superior compensation, our attorneys participate in a revenue sharing program, thereby permitting an unlimited means of compensation based on performance. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. includes an expansive benefits package including 401k, three-month paid maternity leave, 80 percent off gym membership to Equinox and a flexible, first-class working environment with built-in flexibility to accommodate our staff members’ needs and those of their families. In addition to monetary compensation, every other week the firm indulges in “Spa Fridays” where employees receive a complimentary manicure or massage in the office. The firm celebrates all meaningful events such as birthdays, engagements, big victories and when new attorneys pass the bar.

How Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Pays More

At Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., although everyone receives a paycheck every pay period, we are the only law firm in New York City providing individualized revenue sharing. This program allows every attorney to have an opportunity to be among the highest paid attorneys in New York without depending on other lawyers in the firm. Our revenue sharing program is not based on bringing in business. In fact, when an attorney brings in business he or she receives 10 percent of what he or she brings in on top of the below compensation program, to as much as 20% for top performers. Here is how it works: Every attorney at any level with the firm receives one third of his/her billable time that has been collected.

For example:

Scenario 1: A $625 billing rate for senior attorneys x 2,500 billed hours per year equals $1,562,500. With a collection rate of 92% (the rate for 2015), the firm would collect $1,437,500 ($1,562,500 x .92) for the year. The attorney would earn one third of this amount, total compensation of $479,166.

Scenario 2: Assuming the same $625 billing rate x 2,000 billed hours per year equals total gross compensation of $1,250,000. With a collection rate of 92% (the rate for 2015), the firm would collect $1,150,000 ($1,250,000 x .92) for the year. The attorney would earn one third of this amount, total compensation of $383,333.

Scenario 3: At a $450 billing rate for junior attorneys x 2,000 billed hours per year equals $900,000. With a collection rate of 92% (the rate for 2015), the firm would collect $828,000 (900,000 x .92) for the year. The attorney would earn one third of this amount, total compensation of $276,000.

This is why our revenue sharing program results in our paying more to our attorneys than most other law firms in New York.


If you believe you can rise above challenges please submit your cover letter or video, resume, transcript, as many writing samples as you have as well as anything else that will show us your talents. Send your documents to

We are currently accepting applications for fall, spring, and summer externs/interns in their first, second, and third year in law school in the top of their classes.

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