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Exceeding Expectations - As Lawyers, As People

At Carlton Fields, we recognize that our ability to provide the highest level of client service is inextricably linked to our commitment to hiring, training, and advancing exemplary lawyers. Our legal talent is our most significant asset. We make managing it a strategic priority. 
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Join the Carlton Fields Team

Carlton Fields welcomes inquiries from law students, judicial clerks, experienced attorneys, and professional staff who are interested in employment opportunities with the firm.

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Legal Careers

Carlton Fields welcomes inquiries from law students, judicial clerks, and experienced attorneys who are interested in employment opportunities with the firm.

Our summer associate program is our primary means of identifying entry-level associates, and we invite law students to apply.

Judicial clerks and experienced attorneys are considered for particular practice areas, with appropriate credit awarded for prior experience.

Interested applicants may apply for open positions using the link below. You are not considered an applicant unless you apply online using this site. We only accept applications for open positions and do not accept general inquiries.

Professional Staff Careers

We offer our professional staff the opportunity to take their careers as far as they can envision. Through innovative workplace programs and initiatives, we continually invest in their growth and development as employees and as people. We reward exemplary professional efforts at every level of the firm. 

Interested applicants may apply for open positions using the link below. You are not considered an applicant unless you apply online using this site. We only accept applications for open positions and do not accept general inquiries.
Professional Development
Our legal talent is our greatest resource. We manage it with an understanding of the crucial link between exceptional lawyers and the exceptional client service that differentiates our firm. We make talent development a strategic priority that encompasses areas once considered separate and distinct, such as summer associate recruiting, continuing legal education, and compensation.

No Lawyer Is an Island 

New lawyers at all levels quickly learn that we’ve earned our reputation as a collegial, supportive firm that is committed to their success. Those who join us enjoy numerous opportunities to develop business through effective collaboration with firmwide colleagues and complementary practice groups, clients, and our communities. 

While much of the integration process is informal, we leave nothing to chance. Innovative training programs help speed the process. Successful integration is a team effort that benefits our lawyers, and our clients.

Experience is among the best teachers. That’s why we offer our lawyers numerous opportunities to benefit from lessons learned by more senior colleagues through mentorship, a vital component of our talent development program.

These key initiatives help our lawyers maximize the hard-won wisdom of practitioners who have mastered many of the challenges they will face: 

  • Associate Mentoring Program: Every first-year and new lateral associate is matched with an associate ambassador for their first six months at the firm. The ambassador is typically in the same office and practice group, and is available to answer questions, provide career guidance, and assure a smooth transition into the firm. After three months, each new associate is given an opportunity to select a shareholder mentor. Once paired with their selections, the mentees and mentors are encouraged to meet regularly, with mentors offering feedback and professional insights, and discussing professional development goals and objectives with their mentees. Mentors are also invited to participate in their mentees' annual performance evaluation. Associates may select different mentors at any time as their needs change. 

  • Summer Associate Mentoring Program: Each summer associate is paired with a shareholder mentor, an associate mentor, and a “reader” who reviews all written projects.

Additional, informal opportunities for mentorship are numerous and include involvement in one of the firm’s active business resource groups (LGBTQ+ Alliance, Minority Alliance, and Women's Alliance) as well as participation in a range of innovative community programs.


At every stage in our careers, we continually strive to improve and develop as attorneys. Ongoing feedback is critical to this process. Assessing our progress toward our professional goals isn’t a mere formality, or an exercise limited to junior attorneys. 

Through the following processes and initiatives, we take every opportunity to grow in ways that maximize the service we provide our clients. 

Annual Associate Review 
Throughout this comprehensive, formal process, which involves feedback from almost every shareholder and senior lawyer in the firm, associates receive concrete career guidance. Practice group leaders, shareholders, and the director of legal talent management collaborate for several months to review each associate’s performance fully and provide written feedback, which is subsequently discussed during the associate review meeting. At this meeting, the practice group leader, the associate’s mentor, and the associate discuss the associate’s performance, goals, and career development recommendations.

Informal Associate Feedback
Supervising attorneys, mentors, and colleagues give associates significant day-to-day guidance and feedback in their practice areas. Associates also participate in quarterly review meetings with their practice group leaders to discuss their interim achievements, experiences, and goals.

Shareholder/Of Counsel Feedback
Shareholders and of counsel attorneys complete annual self-evaluations and business development plans. The firm’s CEO meets with each new shareholder and of counsel attorney to discuss their evaluations and plans. Established shareholders and of counsel may also request a meeting with the CEO to discuss year-end professional development issues.

Practice Group Leaders
Each practice group leader conducts an annual self-evaluation that covers strategic leadership, talent development, productivity, diversity, and teamwork. Practice group members also anonymously evaluate their practice group leaders in these areas. 

Coaching and Networking

Success as an attorney cannot be left to chance. As the following extensive and varied list of coaching and networking programs demonstrates, we work hard to ensure our attorneys maximize every opportunity for professional growth.

Associate Counseling and Coaching Sessions

The firm’s director of legal talent management is available for individual associate counseling and coaching sessions, which are informed by her active participation in monthly meetings of the Associate Relations Committee, and annual meetings of the Associate Compensation and Review Committee.

One-on-One 'Next Level' Shareholder Coaching

Selected shareholders pair with outside coaches or the firm’s chief marketing officer for one-on-one sessions to develop and effectively implement their customized business development plan. The program has included several group training sessions.

Practice Group Leader Guidance

Practice group leaders play an active role in the professional development of their groups’ attorneys. They help steer career development and offer guidance on strategic leadership activities within bar, professional, and civic organizations.

Minority Alliance

The Minority Alliance offers the firm’s minority lawyers professional development opportunities through mentoring and educational seminars. It also identifies outside organizations that provide additional career development and networking opportunities.

Women's Alliance

The Women's Alliance provides a forum for communication among women attorneys and promotes their career advancement through educational and networking events.

LGBTQ+ Alliance

The LGBTQ+ Alliance hosts events that help advance LGBTQ+ equality, while providing networking opportunities and a support structure for the firm’s LGBTQ+ employees.

Training: Our Wisest Investment 

The best lawyers are always learning. From summer associate orientation to career development programs for shareholders, ours receive ongoing, innovative training that addresses every facet of the practice of law and life at Carlton Fields. Only by prioritizing the development of our legal talent can we provide the exceptional client service and value that distinguishes us. 

Our offerings and programs, highlighted below, continually evolve to meet the needs of our lawyers as they advance in their careers: 

  • Summer Associate Orientation and Training

  • New Associate Orientation and Training

  • Associate Career Development Programs 

  • New Shareholder Career Development Program 

Additional, ongoing training opportunities, highlighted below, give all of our attorneys the tools to thrive: 

  • Substantive, Practice Area Training 

  • Practice Skills Training 

  • Marketing and Business Development Training 

  • Diversity Awareness Training

Next Level Coaching 

Lawyers at the top of their game — and those seeking to get there — continually strive to improve. We help both homegrown and lateral shareholders and of counsel across practice areas maximize their potential through an intensive coaching program designed to boost business development skills. 

Program Highlights

  • Work with outside coaching consultants and firm's chief marketing officer and business development managers

  • Monthly one-on-one coaching sessions, plus periodic group meetings 

  • 15-20 shareholders and of counsel participate annually 

  • Two-year program 

  • Metrics and accountability provided 

Associate Kick Start Group Coaching Program

High-potential senior associates looking to sharpen their client service, networking, and marketing skills are selected to participate in this six-month small group coaching program designed to provide a “kick start” introduction to the basics of business development.

In addition to developing their personal business development plan, the participants attend monthly trainings on topics including building relationships, exceptional client service, and credentialing.

A Message to Search Firms
If you are interested in working on lateral placements with Carlton Fields, please note:
  • Carlton Fields does not wish to receive resumes from search firms with which we do not have a signed search firm agreement and will not pay placement fees without such an agreement. 
  • We ask search firms, even those with which we do have an agreement, not to send unsolicited information about any potential candidate. Any search firm that disregards this instruction must not expect us to pay a fee for any placement that results and proceeds at its own risk.
  • Search firms that have a signed search agreement with our firm can find out which positions are open to search firms by clicking here.
  • If a listed position is open to search firm submissions, please send all materials to [email protected]. Search firms should not submit online applications on behalf of attorneys with whom they are working.

We seek to employ the most qualified of personnel at every level of our organization, recruiting highly capable and diversified individuals. We are committed to providing competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package. Carlton Fields is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, or conditions of employment on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other status protected by applicable laws. Please click HERE to view the EEO is the Law and supplement poster and Pay Transparency notice. ​We also participate in the E-Verify program. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Carlton Fields is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with Carlton Fields and need special assistance or an accommodation to use our website or applicant tracking system, email us at [email protected]. When contacting us, please provide your contact information and state the nature of your accessibility issue. We will only respond to inquiries concerning requests for reasonable accommodations.

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