For more than 85 years, McDonald Hopkins has been thriving and evolving as a firm because we embrace ambitious, entrepreneurial attorneys and professionals who understand the importance of hard work and exceptional client service. Individually and together as part of our more than 50 service and industry teams, McDonald Hopkins attorneys focus on providing insightful legal solutions that exceed expectations – that’s how we cultivate intensely loyal and successful clients.    

Our culture is one that encourages professional growth and rewards merit. We take a firm-wide approach to business development across all practice and office groups, enabling teamwork and regional/national growth in each of our six markets. By adhering to our Core Values of integrity, client service, teamwork, entrepreneurship and quality of life, we’ve built a business model that works. 

Proven record of growth

  • Revenue per attorney has grown 18% over the past six years
  • Revenue has grown 26% over the past six years
  • Profit per equity partner has increased 21% over the past six years 

Financial strength

  • Active balance sheet and receivables management
  • No need to use line of credit in the past six years
  • Growth financed from current cash flow
  • Overhead per attorney below peer groups

Financial culture:

  • Open book compensation system for Members
  • Merit based compensation
  • Financial transparency for Members
  • Conservative financial approach
  • Flat management, little bureaucracy
  • A single income statement
  • Modest capital investment for Members and no ongoing capital contributions
  • No personal guarantees required of Members on debt or leases


  • Structured as an LLC, taxed as a corporation:
    • Members are taxed as employees, not partners
  • Generous benefits package for full-time attorneys, including:
    • Health insurance
    • Long-term disability
    • Group term life insurance
    • 401(k)
    • Cash balance plan (for Members)
    • Profit sharing plan
    • Reimbursement for business development expenses
    • Mobile phone plans for voice and data
    • Parking (for Members)
    • Flexible and dependent care spending options
    • Reimbursement for professional memberships and continuing education
    • Strongly encourage and support involvement with civic and charitable organizations