2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“People are so nice—really truly. It makes all the difference.”
“Flexibility with remote working.”
“The work is interesting and feels significant.”
“Time demands and unpredictability.”
“Lack of realistic promotion prospects.”
“Poor transparency around various firm policies and management decisions.”
About Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Arnold & Porter is home to more than 1,000 lawyers across 14 offices around the globe (plus an operations center in Tallahassee). The firm practices in more than 40 areas and is particularly well known for its antitrust, appellate litigation, environmental, and securities litigation practices, as well as its cross-border work.
Let’s Get Together
Washington, DC, giant Arnold & Porter combined with New York’s Kaye Scholer in 2017, creating Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. The merger combined the best of both worlds—a DC firm known for its top-ranked practices, including antitrust, regulatory, and litigation, and a New York firm recognized by Vault and others for its stellar associate quality of life.
Today, Arnold & Porter continues its top-notch antitrust work, handling a full range of complex and critical antitrust matters, including transactions, government investigations, cartel matters, strategic counseling, and class action litigation. The firm’s lawyers have helped clients obtain antitrust clearance for some of the largest M&A deals, including: Kroger in its $2.5 billion merger with Harris Teeter; General Electric in the $32 billion combination of GE Oil & Gas with Baker Hughes; and AT&T in its $49 billion acquisition of DIRECTV. The firm also has a strong antitrust litigation practice whose successes include defending the Golden State Warriors in an antitrust suit brought by StubHub and defending HarperCollins and Random House in multiple private retailer litigations following on government investigations into the sale of e-books. Unsurprisingly, Arnold & Porter holds the No. 2 spot in Vault’s Antitrust Practice Area ranking.
Arnold & Porter also boasts a strong environmental law practice—the firm is primary environmental counsel to BP with regard to the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil spill. The firm handles litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters on a range of areas, including air quality, contaminated sites, infrastructure, toxic torts, natural resource damages, and more. Arnold & Porter is also one of eight founding firms of “Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy” through which the firm has pledged to dedicate at least $2 million worth of pro bono work to matters involving sustainability by the end of 2020.
Recognized for its M&A work, Arnold & Porter works with clients through all aspects of the acquisition, including structuring the transaction, negotiating, handling regulatory issues, and integrating after the fact. Clients also call upon the firm for its capital markets experience—the firm works on everything from IPOs to PIPE transactions to Rule 144A offerings to shelf offerings, as well as global offerings like Regulation S offerings and Eurobond. In both its M&A and capital markets work, the firm stays attuned to regulatory issues that may arise.
One of Arnold & Porter’s traditions is a “Garden Room” within each office. The firm hosts gatherings at the close of the business day where lawyers can gather for drinks and snacks. In the Washington, DC, office, these social gatherings occur every weeknight, while other offices hold them weekly.
We recognize that 2020 has been a difficult year and plan to approach this recruiting season with flexibility and understanding. We are working with law school career services professionals as they formulate plans for on-campus interviews while preparing our attorneys for virtual interviews. Regardless of the manner we meet and interview students, we are looking forward to the opportunity, and excited to meet the next generation of talented lawyers.
News & Awards
Chairman Richard Alexander announced Arnold & Porter's commitment to driving systemic and meaningful change. The firm pledged to continue to use the power of the law to protect the rights of all citizens, including those who are marginalized or whose voices go unheard. Further, the firm committed to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of racially and ethnically diverse professionals. The firm will invest further in mentoring and professional development and find ways to provide more opportunities for meaningful work. Additionally, in 2020, the Arnold & Porter Foundation will contribute an additional $250,000 to charitable or educational organizations that promote (i) the recruitment, retention, and advancement of racially/ethnically diverse attorneys in the legal profession and (ii) social justice initiatives.
Arnold & Porter Product Liability Litigation partner Sheila S. Boston was installed as the president of the New York City Bar Association during a ceremony on May 19, 2020. She is the first woman of color to serve as the organization's president.
In conjunction with the James Beard Foundation, more than 70 Arnold & Porter attorneys in Washington, DC; New York; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and Denver are offering pro bono assistance to restaurant workers who have lost jobs or had hours reduced following business closures in the wake of COVID-19.
Arnold & Porter's resounding victory for Planned Parenthood resulting in compensatory and punitive damages totaling more than $2 million was named to Daily Journal's 2019 "Top Verdicts" report. The special supplement annually analyzes cases with an extraordinary impact on areas of law, the legal profession, and society at large.
- The Supreme Court's decision in Gideon v. Wainwright in 1963 affirmed the principle that every person charged with a serious criminal offense is constitutionally entitled to the assistance of a lawyer, and if he cannot afford counsel, the state has a duty to furnish him with an attorney. Arguing the right to counsel was Abe Fortas, when the firm was called Arnold Fortas & Porter.
- The firm represented AstraZeneca in agreements for the funding and global distribution of the University of Oxford's potential COVID-19 vaccine.
- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in favor of Arnold & Porter's pro bono clients in the gerrymandering lawsuit, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania v. Commonwealth.
- The American Lawyer’s A-List, 2020
- The American Lawyer's “Pro Bono Scorecard,” 2020
- Chambers USA 2020: 92 Attorneys and 47 Practices Ranked
- Mansfield Plus Certification for Promoting Diversity in Leadership Pipelines, 2020
- Best Place to Work (2006, 2008 - 2020)—Human Rights Campaign
Why Work Here
Summer Associate Program: We hire Summer Associates with the expectation that they will be invited to join us as associates after law school. Summer Associates at Arnold & Porter experience first-hand the firm's strong commitment to excellence, diversity and inclusion, pro bono work, and professional development. Our Summer Associates choose us because of:
- The depth and breadth of the practice areas we offer and the ability to try a variety of practice areas over the course of the summer.
- The firm’s unwavering commitment to pro bono and diversity and inclusion.
- The small size of our Summer Associate class in comparison to similarly sized firms.
601 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 942-5000
Chairman: Richard M. Alexander
Hiring Partners: Ellen Kaye Fleishhacker and Darren Skinner
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
All US Offices
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer Associate: $3,655/week
Firmwide Director of Attorney Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 9
No. of International Offices: 5
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I Brussels
Corporate & Finance
Government Contracts & National Security
Intellectual Property & Technology
Labor & Employment
Legislative & Public Policy
Life Sciences & Healthcare Regulatory
Securities Enforcement and Litigation
White Collar Litigation
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.