U.S. plaintiffs firms are kicking off the year with a strong round of partner promotions tied to growing caseload and a commitment to firm culture that emphasizes in-house elevation over lateral hires.

“There is something very special about elevating associates into partnership,” Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd managing partner Paul Geller told NLJ. It’s about the recognition not only of the qualification of a lawyer but “that they share our passion, our ethos, that they fit in the camaraderie we are trying to cultivate.”