Alternative Work Schedule

Julie Martinelli
Julie Martinelli
Corporate counsel

"I began working an alternative work schedule as a fourth year associate in our M&A practice. In the six years that have followed, I have built a dynamic practice and was recently elected Counsel.

As a lawyer in the firm's alternative work schedule program, I have found a way to achieve a fulfilling life both inside and outside of the firm. I work on varied and complex matters for sophisticated clients with colleagues who are dynamic, brilliant and fun - every day is an intellectual challenge. At home, my husband and I have our hands full with our three small children who make each day an awesome adventure, and my working arrangement has enabled me to relish in their childhood. The commitment of the firm's leadership to this program and my schedule from the very beginning has made all the difference to my ability to make it all work successfully and seamlessly." 


Striking a balance between life and work is essential for maintaining quality in both. We've created an alternative work schedule program that helps you balance your personal and professional concerns. These special schedules:

  • Are not limited to lawyers with child care responsibilities;
  • Subject to departmental needs, are an option for any lawyer at any time in their career; no service requirements or waiting periods are imposed;
  • Have no maximum time limit; and
  • Do not preclude consideration for partnership; you can make partner while on an alternative schedule, and you can retain that schedule upon reaching partnership.

Partners in each department serve as advisors, helping you continue to receive challenging work and stay on track to achieve your goals.

Child Care

Paul, Weiss has tailored programs that augment traditional parental leave benefits. We offer several child-care programs that help working parents better deal with emergencies. Lawyers benefit from:

  • Generous Parental Leave: up to 18 weeks paid leave for new parents, combining a variety of parental, adoption, primary caregiver and disability leave time.
  • Infant Transition Program: Three full months of full-time child care for your infant in a Bright Horizons child care center located near our New York office.
  • Emergency Back-Up Child Care: Bring your children to more than six Bright Horizons centers throughout Manhattan and Washington, D.C.
  • At-Home Back-Up Child Care: Child care services available in your home if a center is not open or otherwise not an option for you.

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