2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Commitment to pro bono.”
“The level of responsibility given to associates.”
“Unclear pay guidelines.”
“The anonymity of the associate evaluation process.”
“Lack of formal training.”
About Perkins Coie LLP
With its largest office still in Seattle, Perkins Coie has stayed true to its Washington roots. But over time, the firm has expanded to include 17 domestic offices—four of which are in California—and three offices in Asia. Perkins Coie likes to say that it provides “counsel to great companies,” and a look at its client list will confirm that’s true. Firm clients include household names like Microsoft, Facebook, Starbucks, Amazon, and Google.
From Birth to Boeing
Perkins Coie got off to a good start: Founded in 1912, the Seattle-based firm’s earliest clients included one William E. Boeing Sr., founder of the eponymous aeronautics company. The relationship with Boeing contributed to Perkins Coie’s reputation for representing high-tech and cutting-edge ventures in what has become one of the nation’s technology hotspots. Today, the firm has nearly 1,200 attorneys working across many industries, including aerospace and transportation, energy and natural resources, financial services and investments, life sciences and health care, retail and consumer products, and technology and communications.
Perkins Coie is a full-service firm with a range of practices. Business practices include emerging companies, mergers and acquisition; and corporate securities; litigation practices range from privacy and data security to white collar investigations and defense; and IP practices focus on patent prosecution, patent litigation, and trademark. Other significant practices include political law, product liability, environmental, real estate, and trusts and estates.
The firm has one of the largest and most prestigious political law groups in the country. Its lawyers have experience advising on campaign finance, corporate political matters, voting rights, tax-exempt organizations, election-related litigation, and more. The firm is a regular before the Federal Election Commission and has represented clients ranging from political parties and affiliated committees to political candidates and elected officials to Super PACs and tax-exempt organizations to trade associations and lobbying firms, and more. During the last presidential administration, the firm represented President Barack Obama in his personal matters and federally required financial disclosure reports.
Perkins Coie has become a go-to firm for tech startups over the past few decades. Some of the firm’s recent clients include Boeing in its partnership with Aerion; Skyward in its acquisition by Verizon Communications Inc., and InfoSonics Corporation in its merger with Cooltech Holding Corp. The firm has courted new startup clients through its “startupPerColator” website that helps new companies generate the legal documents needed to form a Delaware “C” corporation free of charge. And through its Le[a]dBetter program, the firm offers a 15 percent discount off its hourly rates to tech startups with at least one woman in a leadership position, helping to even the playing field in a male-dominated industry.
A Writer’s Life
Perkins Coie may be a shop filled with lawyers, but they sure know how to put pen to paper. The firm publishes 16 blogs through its website. Each blog focuses on a different legal arena, including virtual currency, privacy and data security, asset management, and white collar, to name some.
Perkins Coie plans to recruit students for its 2021 summer program. The timing and nature of the recruiting process is still pending and will be confirmed based on the details we receive from the law schools where we recruit.
News & Awards
Marc Elias, head of Perkins Coie’s Political Law Group, discussed the 2020 election and the firm’s efforts to combat voter suppression on several TV news programs, including 60 Minutes and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and All in With Chris Hayes. He has also been mentioned in numerous publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Bloomberg News.
Perkins Coie was awarded Tier 1 rankings for its China-based patent and trademark practices in Asian Legal Business’ (ALB) annual intellectual property rankings for 2020. The firm has also been named a finalist in the 2020 IP Law Firm of the Year ranking.
Perkins Coie opened an office in Austin, marking an expansion of its Texas operations. Establishing an office in Austin furthers the firm’s momentum in building a strong tech-based practice in Texas. The addition of the Austin office broadens the firm’s ability to counsel companies across the state, including those in computer electronics and other technology industries as well as those in the retail, transportation, health care, and pharmaceutical industries, as they increasingly adopt technology-related platforms and applications.
Perkins Coie was recognized as a leading U.S. law firm by Diversity Lab in a new industry standard that scores law firms and sets specific targets for diversity and inclusion. Over 70 law firms participated by providing and tracking their diversity and inclusion efforts. Perkins Coie ranked among the top 13 firms nationally that scored highest for diversity representation and inclusion initiatives.
- In 2019, Perkins Coie secured a U.S. Supreme Court victory for voters who challenged a Virginia redistricting map under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
- Perkins Coie made headlines with its 2006 Supreme Court victory in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, where the Court ruled that the Bush Administration’s use of military commissions to try terrorism suspects was unconstitutional.
- Working as President Obama’s personal counsel, a Perkins Coie partner contacted Hawaii's health department in 2011 to request the long-form birth certificate the president released to end questions about his citizenship.
- Perkins Coie incorporated the Boeing Company in 1916 and has represented the company for over 100 years.
- One of the 2020 Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services, 2020—Great Place to Work® and Fortune
- "100 Best Companies to Work For" for 18 consecutive years, 2003 – 2020—Fortune magazine
- Recognized as an Am Law 50 firm on The American Lawyer 100 list, 2019
- Named one of the "Top Five Law Firms for Startups," 2019—Kruze Consulting
- Chambers recognized 141 Perkins Coie attorneys, with 41 attorneys ranked in Band 1, 2020
Why Work Here
Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
Perkins Coie embraces diversity and inclusion as part of our commitment to excellence and community. Diversity is integral to our collegial environment because it allows us to learn from one another, appreciate differences and similarities, and collaborate more effectively. We are not only committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within the firm; we are also committed to supporting efforts and partnering with other organizations to make the legal profession more diverse and inclusive.
Affinity groups are a key to the firm’s success in this area. The firm currently has nine affinity groups, including those for African American lawyers, Asian Pacific Islander lawyers, Latino/a lawyers and LGBT lawyers. These groups develop educational programming, assist with business and professional development opportunities, maintain relationships with national diverse bar associations and foster community among diverse attorneys within the firm.
1201 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 359-8000
Managing Partner: William G. Malley
Hiring Partners: Sarah C. Gillstrom (Anchorage), Donna L. Barnett (Bellevue), Erika E. Malmen (Boise), John P. Schreiner (Chicago), John Hardin (Dallas), Brian P. Kinnear (Denver), Lara J. Dueppen (Los Angeles), Autumn N. Nero (Madison), Alan Howard (NY), Julie E. Schwartz (Palo Alto), Karin S. Aldama (Phoenix), Tom Johnson (Portland), Joseph P. Reid (San Diego), Sunita Bali (San Francisco), Abha Khanna (Seattle), Kate S. Keane (DC)
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Salaries vary among offices based on location.
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
No. of U.S. Offices: 17
No. of International Offices: 3
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA (HQ)
Washington, DC I Beijing
Bankruptcy, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Technology Transactions & Privacy
Antitrust, Privacy & Data Security, White Collar & Investigations
Environment, Energy & Resources
Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution, Trademark, Copyright, Internet & Advertising
Labor & Employment
Real Estate & Land Use
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.