Philip M. Andrews
Kramon & Graham, P.A.
The law firm of Kramon & Graham, P.A., of Baltimore, has been innovative since its founding in 1975, said Chairman Philip M. Andrews, who started as an associate with the firm in 1985.
“We have a strong belief that a dynamic and successful law firm must always be an attractive and fulfilled place to work,” Andrews said. “That requires us to compete for those unique professionals who are drawn to and thrive in a collegial, collaborative, and non-hierarchical workplace.”
Under Andrews’ leadership, the law firm has taken several steps so it can attract and keep skilled, responsive, and resourceful lawyers. First, it established a mentoring program that pairs a principal of the firm with an associate with whom that principal does not usually work with on client matters. Second, it revised its summer associate program, which it now uses as its preferred hiring practice for new lawyers. Third, every lawyer is required to be a board member with at least one nonprofit, and/or be very involved in a community organization.
Andrews said he tries to be mindful of his leadership philosophy every day: Everyone works best when their efforts are recognized and appreciated. Leading by example demonstrates the firm’s expectations for all employees. There is no substitute for face-to-face interaction. Everyone, no matter what level of responsibility, can achieve great things personally and professionally if they are confident that what they are doing matters.
“The leadership of the law firm is a team effort because all of our employees – lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants, and other staff – share the same vision,” he said.