Jeffrey E. Stone was quoted in the August 2008 issue of California Lawyer in an article regarding California law firms' shift to offering younger lawyers alternatives to the partnership track due to economic uncertainty and the lawyers' desire for a better work/life balance. Mr. Stone spoke about McDermott's staff attorneys who work full time but who are not on the partnership track. "These people are perfectly happy to count hours. What they don't want is all that other stuff that is part of the partnership track - no firm politics, no client development. And our clients get cost efficiency without losing substantive excellence," he said.