Adams and Reese LLP at a Glance


  • “The people are great”
  • “Opportunity for advancement”


  • “Need more billable work”
  • “Cliquishness”

The Buzz

  • “Strong in the south”
  • “NOLA”
  • “Old school”
  • “Guardian of Free Speech”

About Adams and Reese LLP

Established in 1951, Adams and Reese is multidisciplinary law firm with nearly 300 attorneys and advisors in 16 offices across 15 markets throughout the southern United States and Washington, D.C. Adams and Reese is one of the largest and most profitable law firms in the country, appearing on both The American Lawyer's Am Law 200 and The National Law Journal's NLJ 350. Adams and Reese maintains more than 75 practice areas in 75 industries, including its nationally recognized government relations practice, global intellectual property practice, labor and employment, real estate, transactions, First Amendment and media law, commercial litigation practices and many others.

Southern Stronghold

Adams and Reese was founded in New Orleans in 1951 by St. Clair Adams, Jr. and W. Ford Reese. Focused on growth within its regional footprint, the firm first moved out of the crescent city in 1984 with the opening of its Baton Rouge office. Since then the firm has slowly grown with office openings and mergers to have offices the Gulf States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, as well as Tennessee, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C.

Adams and Reese attorneys don't need to brag about themselves; other people do it for them. The firm's lawyers are permanently camped out on lists like Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Chambers. The firm itself has received a slew of recognitions in everything from practice areas to diversity and employee satisfaction. The firm's diversity efforts have earned it a spot as one of the "Top 100 Firms for Diversity" by MultiCultural Magazine and one of the "Top 200 Firms for Women Equity Partners" by the American Lawyer, along with numerous other diversity recognitions, including the Diversity Award of Excellence by Corporate Counsel Women of Color. Additionally, Adams and Reese received the Law Firm Diversity Award from the National Bar Association at its Annual Meeting in 2013.

HUGS for All

Who knew lawyers could be so warm and fuzzy? Adams and Reese takes the notion of Southern hospitality one step further by giving back to its community. In 1988, Adams and Reese founded a corporate philanthropy program known as HUGS (Hope, Understanding, Giving, and Support) through which the firm has donated thousands of volunteer service hours and financial resources to assisting those in need. Adams and Reese maintains close relationships with several HUGS partner organizations in each of its 15 communities and organizes fundraising efforts throughout the year. Additionally, the Adams and Reese pro bono program, CA&RE (Caring Adams and Reese Employees), encourages every attorney to perform 20 hours of annual pro bono service assisting members of the community who need accessible no-cost legal services. In the last five years, Adams and Reese attorneys have performed more than 30,000 pro bono hours firm-wide.

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Adams and Reese LLP

One Shell Square
701 Poydras Street, Suite 4500
New Orleans, LA 70139
Phone: (504) 581-3234


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Guilford T. Thornton, Jr.
  • Hiring Attorney: Mark R. Beebe
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 271

  • Base Salary
    Firm did not disclose salary information

  • Summer Associate Offers
    Firm did not disclose summer offer information

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Aerospace/Aviation • Agriculture • Alternative Dispute Resolution • Anti-Counterfeiting • Antitrust/Unfair Competition • Appellate • Arbitration • Architects and Engineers Professional Liability • Asbestos • Automotive • Banking/Financial Services • Bankruptcy/Workouts • Brands • Casualty and Coverage • Cause-Related Marketing • Charter Schools • Class Action / Complex Litigation • Commercial Dispute Resolution • Commercial Restructuring / Bankruptcy • Construction • Contests/Sweepstakes • Copyright • Corporate/Securities • Digital Business • Directors and Offices/Professional Liability Economic Development • Education • Employee Benefits/ERISA • Energy • Entertainment and New Media • Environmental • Errors and Omissions/Professional Liability • Estate/Wealth Planning • Ethics • Family • Business Consulting • Film • First Amendment/Media Law • Forestry • Global Franchise and Distribution • Government Relations • Health Care • Hospitality • Insurance • Insurance Regulatory • Intellectual Property • International • IP Litigation and Dispute Resolution • Labor and Employment • Land Use • Legal Professional Liability • Licensing • Litigation • Long-Term Care • M&A • Maritime / Offshore • Music/Publishing • Oil/Gas • OSHA • Patent • Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Product Liability • Privacy & Data Protection • Product Liability • Public Finance • Real Estate • Renewable Energy • Securities • Tax • Tax-Efficient IP  Structures • Telecommunications • Torts & Insurance • Toxic Tort • Transactional IP • Transactions • Transportation and Logistics • Utilities • Worker’s Compensation

Major Office Locations

  • New Orleans, LA (HQ) • Baton Rouge, LA • Birmingham, AL • Columbia, SC • Houston, TX • Jackson, MS • Jacksonville, FL • Memphis, TN • Mobile, AL • Nashville, TN • Nashville / Music Row, TN • Sarasota, FL • St. Petersburg, FL • Tallahassee, FL • Tampa, FL • Washington, DC