Like many large law firms, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has a formal mentoring program aimed at pairing seasoned partners with the younger lawyers in line to replace them one day.

At Gibson Dunn, the effort is led in part by a group of partners and associates from eight offices whose task is to establish formal guidelines about how experience should be passed between generations. Brenda Kleidosty, the firm’s director of professional development, says such guidelines can be helpful given that those with less experience sometimes need to learn how to open up and receive the wisdom of veteran attorneys, while those veterans sometimes need to learn how to effectively deliver such wisdom.