Our firm traces its roots back over one hundred years. Multiple generations of the Constables and Skeens have been members of the firm and continue to be active contributors of the firm today. WC&S has been part of the legal fabric of Baltimore and Maryland for decades and it is well positioned to continue into the future. In addition to servicing clients found throughout the country and actively helping clients in the Mid-Atlantic, it also has offices in Towson, Maryland and Richmond, Virginia. Each year, WC&S proudly adds new attorneys to its ranks.
Quality and Reputation:
WC&S was founded on integrity, professionalism, civility and service to the community. WC&S is proud that it, as well as many of its individual attorneys, have been recognized as leaders in the law by many different associations, groups and publications. U.S. News & World Report has recognized several of WC&S’ practice groups as among the “Best Law Firms” in Baltimore and in Maryland. The firm is also a Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated law firm. Many of WC&S’ lawyers are consistently recognized as Best Lawyers in America® and Maryland Super Lawyers®. The Daily Record has recognized members of the firm for “Leadership in Law” awards, 2019 Icon Honors award and Maryland Top 100 Women. In addition, WC&S attorneys have held numerous leadership positions in local, State and National Bar Associations from Presidents and Committee/Section Chairs to Board of Governors and Executive Committees.
As part of its collegial atmosphere, our doors are always open for collaboration and brain-storming, mentorship or just bouncing ideas off a colleague. At the equity level, all partners’ votes are counted equally. The culture ensures a professional, collaborative and productive environment. WC&S is business casual, jeans on Friday and purple before Ravens’ games. Periodically working from or even temporarily leasing space in another county for an important meeting or to service your clients is all possible. More than collegiality and open doors, WC&S never met a National Day it couldn’t celebrate – doughnut day, chocolate day, ice cream soda day, even Pi day. WC&S has chili cook-offs, soup cook-offs, and holiday cookie cook-offs. WC&S has even had a home-made putt-putt course in the office for a competition and hosts a wellness week each year – ever walk a 5-K around your office? Periodically, WC&S turns the office into a “casino” and hosts a networking Poker Night and even enjoys regular “Constable’s Cocktails” happy hours.
WC&S believes in supporting its attorneys to maintain, grow and expand their practices. In addition to staff support at multiple levels and dedicated marketing personnel, each attorney has a personal marketing budget and the firm allocates funding each year for other firm-wide marketing initiatives. WC&S maintains an active presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Want your article in the papers or other publication? WC&S’ marketing personnel can help. Want to start your own podcast? WC&S can help you do that too. Webinars, e-newsletters, virtual and in-person conferences, e-mail blasts, video messages, WC&S’ marketing team can handle it all.
For equity partners, WC&S’ compensation system is formula driven focusing predominantly on receipts for work you performed and performed by other WC&S lawyers for your clients. All equity partners are treated the same and our compensation system is fair and straight forward, no back-office deals, overhead allocations to founding partners or heavyweight partners with their finger on the scales. Non-equity partner and associate compensation is negotiable and competitive. Associate compensation has a bonus structure and shares in a percentage of receipts from their origination.
WC&S allows you the flexibility to work the way that works best for your practice. WC&S doesn’t force hourly rates or demand certain types of clients. If you want to have a fixed fee agreement, monthly payment agreement, or other arrangement with your clients, the firm is flexible. Need to work from home or have a changing schedule? Need to come in a little later to run your child to a doctor’s appointment or need to get home early to catch your daughter’s game? WC&S believes in the balance between work and your personal life.
Diversity & Community:
WC&S strives to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. We are proud of a heritage and tradition of inclusion. In 1937, Emma S. Robertson, a partner with a predecessor to the firm, was one of the first female partners in any law firm in the United States and the firm is proud to continue that tradition with several prominent female partners who are leaders in the Baltimore community. One of the firm’s early partners, Francis Iglehart Jr., joined a picket line to protest the refusal of bar service to black Veterans, helped to integrate the Park Plaza Hotel in the 1950s, and sought a way to stop violent, anti-black demonstrations in Baltimore schools. WC&S continues these efforts through its programs which support College Bound in Baltimore City and its work for other Baltimore non-profits which help to shape and influence Baltimore policies.
WC&S created the “Rosie the Lawyer” program for city public school girls to teach the message of staying in school, going to college and exploring the law as a career path. WC&S’ attorneys serve on the Boards of local organizations that help to make a difference in WC&S’ local community, such as Maryland Volunteer Legal Society, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Jewish Community Centers of Greater Baltimore, HealthCare Access Maryland, the Maryland Food Bank, Back on My Feet (BoMF) Baltimore, and the Baltimore Drug Courts Foundation. WC&S is part of the community and it continues to work for a brighter future for all.