For too long, Big Law associates were neglected. This may sound like a silly description for a group starting their careers earning jealousy-provoking salaries that are now pushing $200,000 at some firms, but beyond the money, the associate experience was rotten, and this had consequences.

“Having observed associates, it’s a horrible life,” says Janet Stanton of Adam Smith Esq. “Here you have people who are so ambitious and so hungry, and they’re in the basement of a building reviewing documents.”