The path to partner can be faster and easier than is often reported. In fact, it took one partner only seven years at Top-100 firm Warren Averett. Fifteen percent of its 124 partners are under 40, including the CFO.
In a recent webinar, Yogesh Patel, an audit partner who is under 40, explained how he became partner in 11 years. Yogesh started at the firm as a runner during his junior year at college. That meant he did things like moving furniture, making bank deposits and picking up lunches. There was an added benefit, though: Doing low-level tasks gave him a real feel for how the firm treats people at all levels. Courtesies like saying “please” and “thank you”; flexibility in taking time off for important personal events—these were extended to personnel all the way up and down the line.