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Professional Development

Skadden provides attorneys with specialized training specifically tailored to their experience level throughout their careers. Whether they are joining us fresh out of law school or after years of experience, we provide the tools needed to be successful at the firm and beyond.

Training & Support

Skadden’s  commitment to the professional development of our attorneys is realized by enhancing and refining skills through challenging work experiences and formal learning opportunities.   Our core curriculum, which is provided at all experience levels, incorporates the firm's competencies; technical skills, work management skills, people skills, and firm citizenship and core values. We believe success is achieved by exposing attorneys to learning opportunities that increase substantive knowledge and develop professional skills needed to provide superior client service.


Mentoring & Feedback

The goal of Skadden’s formal mentor program is to teach new associates how to be “Skadden attorneys” by fostering long-term mentoring relationships between partners and junior associates. In addition, our various practice groups each assign one or more Attorney Development Partners to ensure seamless integration into the group, equitable distribution of work and timely development-related programming.

Compensation & Benefits

We pride ourselves on the support we offer our lawyers as they determine the best paths for their success, both personally and professionally. We provide a wide range of benefits, perks and resources that allow them to integrate their work and their lives according to their own personal needs and preferences. Many of these programs are innovative, first-of-their-kind initiatives that inspire other firms to follow our lead.

Life Balance

  • Reduced hour arrangements
  • Flexible Return Months (FRM), enables attorneys to design their own return schedule
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave for new parents

Contact Us

Contact a hiring partner or member of the recruiting team if you are interested in learning more about a specific opportunity or have questions about the application process.


Alanna MacKenzie
Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager

500 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116


Maryann Wou
Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager

155 N. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606-1720


Ali-Shaun Sugalski
Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager

1000 Louisiana
Suite 6800
Houston, TX 77002

Los Angeles

Valerie Garagiola
Attorney Recruiting Manager

300 South Grand Avenue
Suite 3400
Los Angeles, CA 90071

New York

Carly Appel
Attorney Recruiting Manager

4 Times Square
New York, NY 10036

New York

Adrianne Cardiello
Lateral Attorney Recruiting Supervisor

4 Times Square
New York, NY 10036

New York

Carolyn Quinn
Attorney Recruiting Manager

4 Times Square
New York, NY 10036

Palo Alto

Caryn Morton
Attorney Recruiting & Development Administrator

525 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

São Paulo

J. Mathias von Bernuth
Hiring Partner

Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 3311, 7° andar
04.538-133 Sao Paulo – SP Brazil


Riccardo A. Leofanti
Hiring Partner

222 Bay Street
Suite 1750
P.O. Box 258
Toronto, Ontario M5K 1J5

Washington, D.C.

Amy Fredenburg
Attorney Recruiting & Development Administrator

1440 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005


Tricia Widdoss
Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager

One Rodney Square
920 N. King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801