The Great Law Firm Reopening Tracker: 2022 Returns To Office And Vaccination Mandates Abound – Above the Law

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law firm reopening GettyImages 1264014594The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted virtually every facet of life. The times we live in are now uncertain, and nothing will ever be the same as it was before. Lawyers and legal professionals have been cloistered inside their homes for more than a year, and now that vaccinations are widely available, states across the country have reopened their economies, lifted their shelter-in-place guidance, and removed their mask mandates. But thanks to the Delta variant, masks are now making a comeback, even for the vaccinated.
[Ed. note: This was last updated on October 25, 2021.]
With all this taking place, major law firms — many fresh off a second round of special bonuses and salary increases to keep their attorneys as happy as possible — have been weighing their plans to get their employees back into the office. The rise of Delta, however, has now made some firms reconsider their reopening protocols.
For reference, the following firms are requiring all employees to be vaccinated before they return to the office: Akin GumpArent Fox, Ballard SpahrBoies Schiller FlexnerCarlton FieldsCleary GottliebClifford ChanceCooleyCozen O’ConnorCrowell & MoringDavis & GilbertDavis PolkDavis Wright TremaineDebevoise & Plimpton, Dentons, Dickinson WrightFaegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, Fenwick & WestFried FrankGoodwin, Greenberg Traurig, Hanson BridgettHogan Lovells, Holland & Knight, Hueston Hennigan, Kirkland & Ellis, Kramer Levin, Latham, Lowenstein SandlerMcDermott Will & EmeryMintzNorton Rose FulbrightPatterson BelknapPaul WeissReed SmithRopes & GraySanford HeislerSchiff HardinSeyfarth ShawSheppard MulllinSimpson ThacherSkaddenStroock & Stroock & LavanWeil Gotshal, Willkie Farr, Wilson Sonsini, and Winston & Strawn.
As firms try to establish a market standard for what their return will look like, it should be noted that associates overwhelmingly support their firms’ remote work policies, and hope that a full-time office presence will no longer be necessary going forward — especially now, in light of surging cases thanks to Delta.
Just as we’ve done in the past when it comes to raises, bonuses, and austerity measures, we are compiling a table of all the firms that have announced reopening guidelines in these strange times. We want you to see exactly how the legal profession is dealing with this new phase of the coronavirus crisis.
Help us help you. Let us know what your firm is doing to protect employees and adjust to the new normal during this unprecedented moment in time.
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Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.
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