Arent Fox LLP at a Glance


  • “Autonomy for associates”
  • “Friendly culture”
  • “Flexible face-time schedule”


  • “Compensation is not on par with peer firms”
  • “Not enough diversity”
  • “Associates are a dime a dozen to partnership”

About Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox has developed a symbiotic relationship with the nation's capital over the past 75 years. In addition to real estate, patent, trademark, and finance work, the firm also takes justifiable pride in its litigation, health care and regulatory practices. With more than 350 lawyers and strengths across core practice areas, the firm's client roster ranges from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations.

Fab Five

A quintet of Beltway insiders pooled their legal and political resources to shape Arent Fox into a Capitol institution over its first 30 years. Henry Fox, the main man behind the firm's foundation in 1942, laid the first stones in labor, government contract and administrative specialties-in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Fox secured overtime pay for public employees who had worked without additional pay on legal holidays during World War II. Albert Arent took ownership of the firm's tax and real estate practice and spearheaded its pro bono efforts. Edwin Kahn, a former high-level official with the IRS, figured prominently in the establishment of the firm's tax practice. Harry Plotkin also brought his public-sector experience to the firm after leaving the FCC to jump-start Arent Fox's communications practice. And finally, Earl Kintner stepped down as the FTC's chairman and general counsel to bolster-what else-the firm's federal trade regulation niche. The names of all five men graced the firm's nameplate until 2004, when management opted for today's more marketing-friendly moniker.

DC & Beyond

In recent years, Arent Fox has become more ambitious in terms of size and project scope. In its role as legal counsel to late sports entrepreneur Abe Pollin, the firm helped negotiate contracts and land acquisition issues with the District of Columbia as it smoothed the way for construction of the Verizon Center that now hosts a trio of professional sports teams. In other DC-centric news, BET founder Robert Johnson has tapped Arent Fox for a variety of legal services.

Arent Fox has kept busy on the acquisition front. In 2000, the firm gobbled up patent firm Nikaido, Marmelstein, Murray & Oram as it sought to capitalize on the tail end of the tech boom. Seven years later, the firm merged with L.A. lit boutique O'Brien Abeles L.L.P. Following the 2007 merger, the Arent Fox Los Angeles office opened with thirteen attorneys. Today, Arent Fox's Los Angeles office has grown to more than 70 attorneys. Recently, the firm committed to 12,750 square feet of additional space to accommodate continued expansion in its 50,000-square-foot downtown Los Angeles office.


Arent Fox counts numerous senators among its alumni, including Bob Bennett (Utah), Dale Bumpers (Arkansas), John Culver (Iowa), Jim Talent (Missouri), Fred Thompson (Tennessee) and John Thune (South Dakota). Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (North Dakota) currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor at the firm. The House of Representatives is also well-represented at Arent Fox, with former U.S. Congressman Phil English (Pennsylvania) serving as co-chair of the firm's Government Relations practice, along with Senator Dorgan.


June 2017
Mission for Mars

Arent Fox is the primary trademark, copyright, privacy, and ecommerce counsel for the global confectionary and pet food manufacturer. On top of that, the firm manages all of the company's trademark, copyrights, and designs in the Americas for the chocolate, pet care, and food segments, and all trademarks, copyrights, and design matters for Mars' drinks segment globally.

May 2017
Patent Protectors

Qualcomm, a huge wireless telecoms company, and one of the largest semiconductor chip suppliers in the world, retains Arent Fox as one of its primary US patent prosecution counsel. The company relies heavily on Arent Fox to manage its vast patent and trademark portfolios and brand protection work throughout its 170-country network.

Dialysis Disputes

Fresenius is a global, integrated healthcare company with over $16 billion in revenue per year, and the largest provider of dialysis services in the world. Arent Fox is Fresenius's go-to firm for managed care disputes, arbitration, and litigation.

January 2017
Give Unto Caesars

Arent Fox acts for the trustee that represents the interests of second lien bondholders issued by the bankrupt casino company, Caesars. One of the largest and most complex cases ever filed, the $18 billion Caesars bankruptcy has triggered a wave of litigation and high-profile headlines.

November 2016
Facebook Friends

Arent Fox advises Facebook on the land use strategy and entitlement aspects of its massive new headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. In November 2016, the Menlo Park City Council approved the project, which will transform an aging industrial site into one with 962,000 square feet of office space and a 200-room hotel.

September 2016
What's in a Name?

Arent Fox was outside counsel to the Los Angeles Lakers, advising the franchise on a new long-term partnership with UCLA Health that involved naming rights to the Lakers' new practice facility. In 2016, the firm also advised on naming rights deals involving the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins.

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Arent Fox LLP

1717 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 857-6000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Mark M. Katz
  • Managing Partner: Cristina Carvalho
  • Hiring Attorneys: Aaron Jacoby (Los Angeles); Andrew Silfen (New York); Cristina Carvalho (DC)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 400

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year:  $160,000
    2nd year: $165,000
    3rd year: $180,000
    Summer associate: $3,000/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    4 out of 5 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Automotive • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring • Complex Litigation • Corporate & Securities • Fashion • Finance • Food, Drug, Medical Device & Agriculture • Government Relations • Health Care • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution • International Trade • Labor & Employment • Nonprofit • Patent • Real Estate • Sports • Trademark • White Collar & Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC (HQ) • Los Angeles, CA • New York, NY • San Francisco, CA