About Carlile Patchen & Murphy 

Our Careers

Every business has its own culture, and ours is an integral part of who we are as a firm. CPM strives to support collaborative thinking and open communication so we can deliver the highest levels of legal representation to our valued clients.

Our combined expertise exists collectively amongst our various practice groups. Although clients typically engage our firm to handle a specific legal matter, often, there is some overlap within another practice area. This requires a synergistic approach to achieve the best possible results for our client. Larger firms with multiple practice groups tend to be more compartmentalized with a narrow focus of legal knowledge and training, often to the detriment of their clients. At CPM, we believe in cross-training and sharing knowledge to fully leverage our talented staff’s skills.

Career Opportunities

Are you interested in a challenging and rewarding career?

We recognize the importance of hiring employees that will contribute to the firm’s strength and ongoing success. CPM seeks to hire self-motivated professionals that share our values of teamwork, integrity, dedication and service.

CPM provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, military service or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. CPM reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to receive equal employment opportunities and/or perform the essential functions of the job, unless the accommodation would pose an undue hardship to CPM. This applies to all employees and applicants for employment.

Associate Attorneys

Do you welcome the opportunity to develop your practice early in your career? 

CPM is always looking to add talented Associate Attorneys who embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and whom we believe would thrive in our culture. As a mid-size law firm, we seek individuals who aspire to, with our help, develop their own practice. It is our expectation that every associate will become a partner.

What makes CPM different? 

CPM encourages the professional growth of our Associate Attorneys. Our partners provide training and mentoring for every associate, as well as developing relevant projects. In addition to your legal work, you are encouraged to grow your practice by becoming actively involved in professional activities and community service.

As an Associate Attorney, you will not sit behind a desk for years doing research and writing projects. This is an active practice for an Associate from day one. You will be meeting with clients, attending court hearings, visiting client sites, and gaining the tools and experience you need to become a successful lawyer and develop your client base.

Summer Associates

Are you looking for a rewarding work experience that will prepare you for your life as an attorney? 

The Summer Clerkship program at CPM provides students an opportunity to see what life is like in a mid-size law firm. Summer Clerks will have the opportunity to work on a variety of challenging legal assignments. You will gain experience in every practice group and work with different attorneys in the firm. As with our new Associate Attorneys, we offer more than desk work. You also will be invited to attend and participate in hearings, depositions, meetings and trials.

Currently, CPM’s Summer Clerkship program works exclusively with the Columbus Bar Association’s Minority Clerkship program. In order to participate in the clerkship program, please contact the Columbus Bar Association’s Director of Membership.

Business Professionals

Would you like to work in an environment that is characterized by a healthy balance between work, family, personal and community commitments?

At CPM, we consider our staff an investment in our practice and central to the foundation of our success. Our commitment is reflected in our dedicated long-term staff. We are proud that our staff turnover rate has been exceptionally low for many years. The current average tenure of legal secretaries and administrative staff is 12 years.

Our professional support team works in a variety of areas, including accounting, administrative support, human resources, information technology, marketing, paralegal and office services.

We are large enough to provide good benefits, but small enough that everyone knows your name. The commitment to our people shows in our generous benefits package, including 401(k) contributions, on-site parking and a health insurance deductible reimbursement plan.

How can we help you today?

Give us a call or send a message with any inquiries and legal questions.


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