Statement of Firm Principles
Judge Simon H. Rifkind, 1963
Our objectives are, by pooling our energies, talents and
resources, to achieve the highest order of excellence in the
practice of the art, the science and the profession of the law;
through such practice to earn a living and to derive the
stimulation and pleasure of worthwhile adventure; and in all things
to govern ourselves as members of a free democratic society with
responsibilities both to our profession and our country.
We are sensitive to the fact that we practice in New York City,
which is a pluralistic community and the major international and
financial center of the Western world.
We believe in maintaining, by affirmative efforts, a membership
of partners and associates reflecting a wide variety of religious,
political, ethnic and social backgrounds, characteristic of that
community. We believe that through this policy we may bring to the
service of our clients greater breadth of understanding and wider
contacts with the world at large, while enriching our personal
lives and demonstrating the value of democratic principles as
applied to the organization of a law firm.
We are committed also to democratic principles in the government
of the firm's affairs, including admissions to its ranks, and we
seek by various measures to bring partners and associates together
in a close relationship, in an informal atmosphere conducive both
to efficiency and friendship.
We encourage participation in professional and community affairs
and, while always placing the needs of clients above private
convenience, we seek to observe reasonable schedules of work which
will make that participation possible, at the same time preserving
a healthy family life.
We refuse to be deterred by the unpopularity of a client or his
cause from accepting a matter which justice and professional
responsibility prompt us to take.
We prize highly among our partners and associates these among
other qualities: inventiveness and the cultivation of the growing
tips of the law in all its branches; imagination coupled with a
strong sense of the practical; a selfless and wholehearted
dedication to the best interests of clients; unflagging efforts to
get their work done promptly, and with care and perfection of
craftsmanship; readiness at all times to help others in these
endeavors, whenever help is needed; and, most of all,
Finally, we are committed to achieving our objectives without
wearing any client's collar or any political party's livery. And we
believe that in the pursuit of these ends we can maintain a law
firm in which all who are associated with it may justly take