2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Work that is generally fascinating, meaningful, cutting-edge, and intellectually stimulating.”
“Workflow could be evened out more.”
“Decision-making can be slow.”
About Foley Hoag LLP
Hailing from the land of red socks and chowder, Foley Hoag has stayed close to its Boston roots. With only four locations—in Massachusetts, New York, DC, and Paris—the firm is smaller than many of its BigLaw competitors. But Foley Hoag has made a name for itself with its strong practice and progressive history.
A Diverse Foundation
Foley Hoag began during the Second World War when Henry Foley and Garrett Hoag set up shop in Boston in 1943. As the firm progressed, so did its commitment to diversity. In 1979 the late Charles J. Beard II was named partner at Foley Hoag, becoming the first African American to be named partner in a Boston law firm. Beard specialized in cable television regulation and business law and also served for many years on the firm’s Hiring Committee and as the firm’s marketing partner. In 1980, The Foley Hoag Foundation launched; it was the first—and remains the only—foundation established to focus exclusively on the improvement of race relations in Boston. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in grants to more than 300 organizations. The Foundation’s mission has recently broadened to support programs addressing inequality in its various forms, including racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in both Greater Boston and metropolitan Washington, DC.
Innovating in Bean Town
Foley Hoag works across dozens of practice areas, including bankruptcy, corporate, energy, environmental law, IP, international litigation and arbitration, and litigation. The firm has a strong environmental law practice, which includes counseling on hazardous waste, industrial and mining projects, recycling strategies, renewable energy, and waste management, as well as advising on regulatory matters.
Another bright spot at the firm is its international arbitration practice. The firm’s lawyers have experience with arbitration laws across the globe and advise across a host of industries, such as banking and financial services, construction, cyber security, employment, gas pricing, IP licensing, joint venture projects, telecommunications, and more.
The firm is also well known for its entrepreneurial services practice. Its Boston headquarters is located in the Seaport District—Boston’s new “innovation district” and the center of the region’s emerging companies and venture capital communities.
Pro Bono Presence
Foley Hoag’s pro bono program has been a centerpiece of the firm since its representation of the plaintiffs in the 1970s lawsuit that brought desegregation to the Boston public schools. On average, pro bono projects total approximately five percent of the firm’s total work, and firm attorneys regularly average more than 100 hours each of pro bono annually, all of which count toward that all-important billable-hour requirement. Foley Hoag’s pro bono projects cover a wide range of topics, including political asylum, civil rights, and fair housing.
Foley Hoag hosted a six-week remote summer program in 2020. We replicated elements of our traditional program with client work assignments, training programs, and weekly social events. Consistent with prior years, our summer associates benefited from one-on-one mentors and “buddy” teams. We added events to introduce them to the firm and ensure they made connections with our lawyers.
In light of recent events of racism in our nation, the firm hosted programs on race, the history of policing, and civil rights, to which all summer associates were invited. Summer associates were encouraged to join affinity group meetings, attended client-related events focused on diversity, and participated in wellness initiatives. We also offered group and individual counseling sessions with a mental health practitioner for individuals impacted by recent national events.
We hope to be able to host our 2021 summer associates in our offices but anticipate conducting remote interviews for those positions.
News & Awards
Foley Hoag and 16 private law firms joined the ACLU of Louisiana’s litigation campaign to challenge racially discriminatory policing practices in the wake of the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and many named and unnamed others. The initiative, called “Justice Lab: Putting Racist Practices in Policing on Trial,” seeks, over time and in a sustained fashion, to bring up to 1,000 cases in Louisiana challenging racially motivated stops and seizures under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments and any other applicable laws.
Foley Hoag joined with several Massachusetts law firms, legal services organizations, and government agencies to launch the COVID Relief Coalition for Small Businesses and Nonprofits. By providing pro bono legal support, the COVID Relief Coalition will help vulnerable small businesses and mission-driven organizations overcome the challenges they are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Foley Hoag was previously selected to participate in the inaugural “All in for Advancement” program—a year-long initiative aimed at improving gender equity led by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Babson College. Foley Hoag was the only law firm selected to participate in the program, which consisted of 10 companies. Through the All In for Advancement program, which recently concluded, Foley Hoag developed an internal pilot effort to promote women’s retention, inclusion and advancement at the firm, which it will continue to implement and scale over time.
Foley Hoag hired Rosa J. Nunez in the newly created role of Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Foley Hoag has championed diversity and inclusion since its founding in 1943 and is known for the legacy of Charles J. Beard II, the first African American promoted to partner at a major Boston law firm.
- Secured Court of Appeals victory for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, upholding decision that scientist Gordon Freeman, Ph.D. and a collaborator jointly invented novel methods of treating cancer using antibody therapeutics, making DFCI a co-owner of the patents.
- Helped the Republic of The Gambia secure a binding Order from the ICJ to prevent further acts of genocide from occurring against the Rohingya group in Myanmar.
- Representing Vineyard Wind in its selection to build Massachusetts’ first utility-scale, offshore wind energy project.
- Represented Thermo Fisher Scientific in its $1.7B acquisition of Brammer Bio, a leader in viral vector manufacturing for gene and cell therapies.
- Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality - perfect score of 100, 2020—Human Rights Campaign
- Top Firm for Parental & Caregiver Leave, 2020—Yale Law Women
- 27 Ranked Lawyers, 2020—Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
- 19 National Rankings, 33 Regional Rankings, 2020—Best Law Firms
- Thurgood Marshall Award, 2019—Boston Bar Association
Why Work Here
Put simply, “Foley Hoag is a great place to work.” With a unique combination of substantive work, “wonderful” mentors and consistent work-life balance, associates have nothing but positive things to say about life at their firm. “The people are great, the work is interesting, I'm learning all the time, and I am encouraged to maintain something of a life outside the office,” notes a Boston contact. Weekend work, the bane of most associate’s existence, is a rarity at Foley Hoag and any last-minute projects can usually be taken care of from home. A junior contact adds, “Everyone is very kind and helpful, but also very professional. Most partners make associates feel like valuable team members rather than underlings.” The firm’s overall culture, too, is described as “friendly, academic and open,” ensuring that associates consistently feel like “valuable team players rather than underlings.”
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155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 832-1000
Managing Partners: Jeffrey Collins and Kenneth Leonetti
Recruiting Chair: Meredith Haviland
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Boston, MA; Washington, DC; New York, NY
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
Summer Associate: $3,654/week
Director of Legal Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 3
No. of International Offices: 1
Boston, MA (HQ)
New York, NY
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Business Crimes & Government Investigations
Corporate Finance & Securities
Corporate Social Responsibility
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Energy, Technology & Renewables
Environmental Compliance Litigation
General Business Counseling
International Litigation & Arbitration
Labor & Employment
Licensing & Strategic Alliances
Life Sciences & Health Care
Mergers & Acquisitions
Patent Litigation & Prosecution
Professional Liability Litigation
Real Estate, Land Use & Development
Trademark, Copyright & Unfair Competition
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