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Perkins Coie LLP

At a Glance


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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 16 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, craigslist, 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 more than 1,100 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.

Governing Government

Perkins Coie is a full-service firm with a range of practices, such as corporate, environmental and natural resources, IP, labor and employment, litigation, privacy and security, product liability, political law, real estate, trusts and estate, and white collar defense.

The firm has one of the largest and most prestigious political law groups in the country. Its lawyers have experience advising on campaign financing, 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, including advising Amazon on its IPO in 1997. 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 asset management, consumer finance, fintech, political law, privacy, and white collar, to name some.

News & Awards


May 2019

Perkins Coie’s New York office continues to expand. Capitalizing on recent New York growth and leveraging its strong blockchain and fintech practices, Perkins Coie officially moved into its new home in midtown Manhattan.

February 2019

Perkins Coie was honored to be among the 2019 Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 17th consecutive year. This year’s list is based on survey responses from more than 310,000 employees rating their workplace culture on 50-plus elements of the workplace, including trust in managers, compensation, fairness, camaraderie, and workplace traits linked to innovation.

March 2019

Perkins Coie’s gross revenue jumped by 9.6 percent in 2018, while profits per equity partner grew by 9.7 percent.

March 2019

For the third year in a row, Law360 recognized Perkins Coie’s success handling cases before the Federal Circuit with 11 wins in 2018. Perkins Coie further strengthened its Federal Circuit team by hiring Nathan Kelley, former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deputy counsel.

  • Perkins Coie investigated sexual misconduct allegations against a former doctor at The Ohio State University, and concluded the doctor committed many acts of sexual abuse, and OSU personnel had failed to investigate properly.
  • In a significant pro bono matter, Perkins Coie secured Eric Blackmon’s release from prison after he spent 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
  • The firm secured a victory for pharmaceutical giant Mylan by proving a competing patent was invalid. The firm also prevailed in a trial analyzing whether the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity applies to inter partes reviews.
  • Following a victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, the firm’s Political Law group prevailed when the U.S. District Court held that 11 Virginia House of Delegates districts resulted from unconstitutional racial gerrymanders in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • Perkins Coie Among 100 Best Places to Work, 2019 (Fortune Magazine)
  • Perkins Coie Among Top 10 Law Firms for Gender Equality, 2019 (Yale Law Women)
  • Perkins Coie Ranked One of the Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys, 2018 (Law360)
  • Chambers & Partners Named Perkins Coie One of the Top Law Firms (recognizing 52 practice areas and 139 individual attorneys) (2019)
  • Perkins Coie Ranked Nationally in Every Area of Intellectual Property (Managing IP, 2019 IP Stars rankings)

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.

Perkins Coie LLP

1201 Third Avenue
Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 359-8000

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: William G. Malley
Hiring Partners: Sarah C. Gillstrom (Anchorage), Donna L. Barnett (Bellevue), Kelly A. Cameron (Boise), John P. Schreiner (Chicago), Kyle I. Wood (Dallas), Brian P. Kinnear (Denver), Charles H. Samel (Los Angeles), Autumn N. Nero (Madison), Schuyler G. Carroll (NY), Julie E. Schwartz (Palo Alto), Karin S. Aldama (Phoenix), Christopher W. Rich (Portland), Joseph P. Reid (San Diego), Sunita Bali (San Francisco), Justin L. Moon (Seattle), Kate S. Keane (DC)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
1K - 1.5K

Base Salary

Salaries vary among offices based on location.

Summer Program

No. of Summer Associates:
76 total (48 2Ls; 28 1Ls) (2019)

Employment Contact

Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
(415) 344-7000

Major Office Locations

Anchorage, AK
Bellevue, WA
Boise, ID
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Los Angeles, CA
Madison, WI
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
Phoenix, AZ
Portland, OR
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA (HQ)
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Bankruptcy, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Technology Transactions & Privacy
Commercial Litigation:
Antitrust, Privacy & Data Security, White Collar & Investigations
Environment, Energy & Resources
Intellectual Property:
Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution, Trademark, Copyright, Internet & Advertising
Labor & Employment
Personal Planning
Political Law
Product Liability
Real Estate & Land Use
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.