Travel has always been important to our firm – not just as a frequent experience, but as a principle of life. We believe that travel, especially international travel, builds character, grants perspective, and facilitates understanding.
That is why in 2017 – long before the pandemic induced WFH boom – we started offering our employees the ability to work remotely, from another country, for a month at a time. To date, our employees have worked from Brazil, Croatia, Dominican Republic, England, Peru, Russia, and Spain.
In 2022, we expanded our commitment to international travel by relocating our entire firm overseas to work remotely from Lisbon, Portugal for a month. Not only was it the most productive, best billing month in the firm’s history, it produced more motivated, satisfied employees and unmatched firm camaraderie. Needless to say, this was the first of many VW Abroad trips in our future.
VW Abroad 2023 - Barcelona, Spain
This summer we took our firm to Barcelona, Spain for our second annual VW Abroad trip. Check out our recap video below! We share what our employees found most valuable about their time in Barcelona and why we choose to invest in providing this experience for our team.
What We Learned From a Month Working Abroad
VW partner Kevin Vela shares the playbook for how we made our first VW Abroad trip happen and reflects on what went well and how we plan to improve.
Business Insider Article
A Texas law firm is moving its entire office to Portugal for a month this summer. Here’s how it’s making it work.
Above the Law Article
This Law Firm Invited Everyone To Work From Portugal And I Guarantee They Have A Better ‘Firm Culture’ For It
LawNext Podcast: Why This Texas Law Firm Sent Its Staff to Portugal For A Month
VW partners Kevin Vela and Radney Wood were featured on the LawNext podcast, a podcast hosted by Bob Ambrogi, who is internationally known for his writing and speaking on legal technology and innovation.
VW Abroad Origin Story
Listen to some of the VW Partners share the origin story of VW Abroad and the philosophy behind the program.
Our 1 Month Working From Lisbon, Portugal
Learn more about our first month-long VW Abroad experience in Lisbon, Portugal the summer of 2022. This video features some highlights from our trip as well as interviews with our team talking about their experience abroad and their thoughts on work/life balance.
Clio: Law Firm Innovation Reisman
We are proud to have been awarded Clio’s first ever Reisman for Law Firm Innovation in 2017, long before the pandemic induced WFH boom, for our flexible approach to where work can be done and our philosophy on how travel creates better global citizens, and therefore better employees.
There’s a lot of conflict about returning to the office in some companies but not at one Dallas-based law firm. They are taking the idea of remote work to a new level by sending employees to Lisbon, Portugal for the summer.