Nicole Weber

Nicole is Vault’s Law Editor, and covers news and career advice relating to the legal industry on Vault’s Law Blog. Nicole has a J.D. from Georgetown Law and a B.A. from Williams College. Prior to joining Vault, she worked as an employment law associate at a large New York law firm.

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Challenge Yourself to Mindfulness at Work

by Nicole Weber  |  January 27, 2014

It's midday Monday. Your coffee buzz is either just kicking in or it's already wearing off. Your inbox is filling up faster than you can say, "Is it the weekend yet?" The to-do list you had been so intent on plowing through is now your last priority after unexpected "emergencies" have come across your desk. Never mind Friday's deadline-you won't be able to think about that until at least Wednesday. You're starving, but there's no time to figure out a healthy snack, so you'll just run to the... Read More >

Take Vault’s Office Romance Survey!

by Nicole Weber  |  January 24, 2014

As Valentine's Day approaches, are longer hours turning into late night trysts? Have you ever had an office fling? Or a crush on a co-worker? Did you meet your significant other at work? Should office romances be prohibited, or encouraged? Take five minutes to tell us your thoughts! Vault's Office Romance Survey is our most popular study, and previous installments have been featured in prominent outlets including Forbes, the Daily News, The Takeaway, Read More >

Is Bigger Better? The Law Firm Dating Game Continues

by Nicole Weber  |  January 16, 2014

As we reported in November, 2013 was a record year for law firm mergers, and the final results are in. The number of mergers rose 47% since 2012, with 88 combinations announced, according to data released by the legal consulting firm Altman Weil. Most of these deals consisted of smaller firms being acquired by larger firms at least five times their size. Notably, there were no mergers among AmLaw 200 firms announced in 2013, though there were talks-a Read More >

Happy Bonus Season?

by Nicole Weber  |  December 13, 2013

News on law firm bonus announcements abounds. With Cravath kicking off bonus season on Monday, December 2nd, other firms are quickly jumping on the bandwagon. Each year Cravath is the first firm to announce the amount of annual payouts, and most of its BigLaw peers follow suit. The magic dollar range this year is $10,000 (for the class of 2012, and pro-rated for the class of 2013) to $60,000 (class of 2005). Word of Cravath's announcement may have been exciting, relevant and/or fr Read More >

2013: The Year of the Law Firm Merger

by Nicole Weber  |  November 26, 2013

Citing irresolvable conflicts of interests between their respective government clients, yesterday Orrick (#37 in the Vault Law 100) and Pillsbury (Vault Law #60) called off their anticipated mega-merger that would have created one of the 10 largest U.S. law firms. The commitment-phobia must have been contagious: less than 24 hours later, Read More >

The Partner Track: Dare You Proceed?

by Nicole Weber  |  November 14, 2013

The American Lawyer recently published its 2013 New Partner Survey, shedding light on how it really feels to reach the supposed Holy Grail of BigLaw. The survey gathered responses from nearly 500 attorneys at AmLaw 200 firms who joined the partnership ranks between 2010 and 2013 and asked them to rate and comment on various criteria including compensation, how well their firms prepared them to be partner, and general career satisfaction. Two-thirds of the respondents were men. Partners... Read More >

Meditate Your Way to Success

by Nicole Weber  |  November 08, 2013

Besides fame, what do George Stephanopoulos, 50 Cent and Lena Dunham have in common? According to an article in last Sunday's New York Times, they all practice meditation. The article profiles a program called Wisdom 2.0, a series of panel discussions and conferences with a waiting list in the hundreds that teaches professionals "how we can live with technology without it swallowing us whole." Programs like Wisdom 2.0 that teach the practice of mindfulness meditation have become... Read More >

It’s Pro Bono Week! Which Firms Top Vault’s List?

by Nicole Weber  |  October 23, 2013

This week lawyers nationwide are participating in the National Pro Bono Celebration, a week-long initiative launched by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Now in its fifth year, the Celebration unites bar associations, law firms, public interest organizations, and courts around the country to recognize the importance of pro bono work. Through recruitment events, awareness campaigns, and training sessions, the Celebration honors the tremendous... Read More >

Court is Back in Session: Law School Advice from the Pros

by Nicole Weber  |  October 11, 2013

The first Monday in October proceeded as usual this year, at least for the U.S. Supreme Court. In spite of the partial federal government shutdown, the court began its new term on Monday, October 7, and has announced that it will operate normally at least through October 18 (further announcement will be provided if the lapse of appropriations continues beyond that date). Issues the court will wrestle with this term include abortion, religious freedom, affirmative action, the presidential... Read More >

Your Law Career in Six Words

by Nicole Weber  |  October 03, 2013

Six words tell a great story. So great, in fact, that last week SMITH Magazine's Six-Word Memoir project expanded its sphere of influence to reach the legal blog universe. Inspired by the Six-Word Festival on Twitter, held from September 24-26, several legal websites including the ABA Journal and the WSJ Law Blog invited readers to share six-word stories about law school, law careers, or the law in general. Just a week earlier, legal writing professor Lisa Mazzie of Marquette University Law... Read More >