Partnership comes with many benefits — firm ownership, prestige, higher billing rates. But at Houston-based Susman Godfrey, partnership also comes with a new pair of western boots.

“You attend your first partners’ meeting, and, after that, some of the partners retire for drinks,” says Daniel H. Charest of Dallas, who attended his first Susman partners’ meeting in Houston on Jan. 15. “Then a partner in Houston, Neal Manne, gathers the new partners together and brings you over to the boot store and tells the manager to ‘hook them up.’”

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