2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The level of responsibility I get when I'm working on a case.”
“The opportunities to excel [and] make partner and the people you get to work with.”
“By its nature, our jobs are stressful. …”
About Carlton Fields, P.A.
Carlton Fields, PA is home to more than 300 lawyers practicing across 11 offices. The firm has a strong national trial practice, as well as experience in myriad areas, including antitrust, business transactions, class actions, construction, employment, health care, insurance, litigation, M&A, real estate—to name some.
Spreading Through the Sunshine State and Beyond
Giddings Mabry founded Carlton Fields over a century ago with the help of his father Milton Mabry—a former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice—and Doyle Carlton—who would go on to become Florida’s 25th governor. The firm has maintained its strong reputation in Florida and is among the Top 20 firms in Vault’s Best Law Firms in Miami. Over the years, the firm has branched out beyond the sunshine state, adding offices in California; Connecticut; Georgia; New Jersey; New York; and Washington, DC.
Focus on Collaboration
Carlton Fields counsels a variety of clients, including international, national, and local corporations; state and local public entities; and individuals. According to the firm, it “focuses on building long-term collaborative relationships and is continually ranked among the nation’s most collaborative law firms by BTI Consulting Group.”
The firm practices across a range of industries, such as banking, commercial, and consumer finance; construction; health care; life annuity, and retirement solutions; property and casualty insurance; real estate; securities and investment companies; and technology and telecommunications.
Litigation is a particular strength for the firm, which has tried more than 1,500 cases to judgment or verdict. The firm is well known for its work in class actions and mass torts and has also been recognized for its commercial litigation, employment, and white collar work.
Carlton Fields also has a bustling real estate practice. Among its clients are architects, banks, commercial mortgage bankers, construction companies, developers, lenders, property management firms, and REITs. The firm wears many hats in the real estate field, counseling on acquisitions and deal-making, financing, leasing, lending, regulatory issues, and more.
A Diversified Endeavor
A leader in legal diversity, Carlton Fields has been recognized for its diversity initiatives by such organizations as Human Rights Campaign and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. The firm has also been a top-ranked firm for Overall Diversity by Vault each year since 2010.
The firm is active in growing and preserving diversity within the firm. As part of its review process, the firm’s lawyers and consultants rank practice group leaders on their effectiveness in promoting diversity. The firm also ensures that client teams are built with inclusion and diversity in mind and works with clients to structure teams consistent with their diversity goals and legal needs. And the firm offers LGBT, Minority, and Women’s Business Resource Groups to foster mentoring and development.
4221 West Boy Scout Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813) 223-7000
President & CEO: Gary L. Sasso
Hiring Partner: John “Jack” E. Clabby
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $165,000
Summer Associate: $3,200/week Florham Park
1st year: $160,000
Summer Associate: $3,100/week Hartford
1st year: $145,000
Summer Associate: $2,800/week Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC
1st year: $180,000
Summer Associate: $3,500/week Miami
1st year: $170,000
Summer Associate: $3,300/week Orlando
1st year: $135,000
Summer Associate: $2,600/week Tallahassee
1st year: $115,000
Summer Associate: $2,200/week Tampa
1st year: $145,000
Summer Associate: $2,800/week West Palm Beach
1st year: $160,000
Summer Associate: $3,100/week
Naila Townes Ahmed
Director of Legal Talent Management
No. of U.S. Offices: 11
No. of International Offices: 0
Florham Park, NJ
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
West Palm Beach, FL
Appellate Practice and Trial Support
Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
Cybersecurity and Privacy
Government Law and Consulting
Labor and Employment
Life, Annuity and Retirement Litigation
Mass Tort and Product Liability
National Class Actions
Property and Casualty Insurance
Real Estate and Commercial Finance
Real Property Litigation
Securities and Derivative Litigation
White Collar and Government Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.