Arent Fox LLP at a Glance


  • “Work gets done during the weekdays”
  • “Face-time is irrelevant”
  • “Friendly, reasonable people”


  • “Holdback on salaries if hours are too low”
  • “Review process is needlessly confusing and opaque”
  • “Workflow is unsteady”

The Buzz

  • “Progressive”
  • “Solid DC litigators”
  • “Low pay; same hours”
  • “Driven”

About Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox has developed a symbiotic relationship with the nation's capital over the past 65 years. In addition to real estate and finance work, the firm also takes justifiable pride in its litigation, life sciences and IP 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 federal income tax prowess. Harry Plotkin also brought his public-sector experience to the firm, ditching 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. Robert O'Brien, who co-founded O'Brien Abeles in 1999, currently helms Arent Fox's office in Tinseltown.


Arent Fox counts numerous senators among its alumni, including Dale Bumpers (Arkansas), John Culver (Iowa), Jim Talent (Missouri), Fred Thompson (Tennessee) and John Thune (South Dakota). Former U.S. Senators Bob Bennett (Utah) and Byron Dorgan (North Dakota) currently serve as Senior Policy Advisors 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. Arent Fox's connections extend to the judiciary as well: in June, 2011, former U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson of the federal Central District of California joined the firm and now heads Arent Fox's appellate practice. Moreover, two Arent Fox alumni are associate justices on the Minnesota and Kansas state supreme courts.



Global Equality
Long recognized as a leader on civil rights and LGBTQI issues, attorney Hunter Carter's work has gone global. Through his role as a board member of the New York City Bar's Cyrus Vance Center for International Justice, Hunter, a partner in the Complex Litigation practice, is seeking a ruling from the Inter-American Court on Human Rights on marriage equality. Supported by a dozen Arent Fox lawyers and professionals, Hunter has teamed up with Ciro Colombara, a leading human rights advocate, to represent three couples from Chile denied the right to be legally married. Two of the couples instead married in Canada and Argentina. Led by Hunter, Arent Fox has spent hundreds of hours researching and developing an 80-page brief-all in Spanish-that was filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In 2013, the Commission ruled the case admissible and ordered Chile to respond. Although political change has been developing on a country by country basis, a hemispheric ruling by the world's oldest international court remains the Arent Fox team's goal.

Breaking Down Barriers

When Discovery Communications saw an opportunity to improve access to quality education for marginalized girls in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, Arent Fox was there to provide pro bono legal work for Discovery Learning Alliance, a nonprofit supporting a new partnership between Discovery Communications and the United Kingdom. Discovery is investing $19.2 million into girls' education, which will be match-funded by a grant to Discovery from the U.K. Department for International Development, with Discovery Learning Alliance as the initiative's implementing partner. Arent Fox partner Anthony Lupo and associate Leah Montesano gave pro bono legal counsel for Discovery and were supported by partner Mark Joachim and associates Charlyn Ho and Amy Salomon.

August 2013

Deal Makers of the Year
In a profile of Washington lawyers who "tackled some of the most notable transactions in the country last year," The National Law Journal honored the firm's Real Estate attorneys with its "Deal Makers of the Year" award. The publication reported that, "the lawyers in Arent Fox's Washington office execute some of the country's biggest deals not only because of legal experience, but also a working knowledge of the businesses the attorneys are counseling. That insight is rooted in the firm's deal-making for clients local and nationwide, working with management teams in areas that include sports franchises, charter schools, nonprofits and private-equity funds looking to invest in specific project areas." Real Estate leader Ken Jacob told NLJ that, "Because we've really represented both the private-equity side, investing in a deal, and the developer side of the deal, the sweat equity, we're aware of where the market is on each of the points, so that enables us to get deals done effectively. It's always the client's ultimate call, but I've found clients appreciate the advice so long as it's clear 'this is what I've seen' doesn't mean 'that's the right decision for you.'"

June 2013

Wind Power Initiative
During the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America meeting, former President Bill Clinton and leaders from six Sioux Indian Tribes announced a new wind power initiative that will harness South Dakota's greatest natural resource and spur long-term development in the economically depressed region. The initiative is receiving critical legal and public policy counsel from former Senator Byron Dorgan, co-chair of the Government Relations practice, and Communications, Technology & Mobile partner Jon Canis and associate David Carter. The Tribes' initiative comes at a time when renewable energy investment is increasingly a national priority. Through the project, the Tribes stand to infuse up to $3 billion directly into the South Dakota economy, an amount roughly equal to the impact of the entire manufacturing sector in South Dakota in a given year. The planned project could generate one to two gigawatts of power annually. Measured conservatively, that's more than enough power to electrify the homes in Denver, Colorado for the next 20 years, the typical useful lifespan of the wind turbines.

May 2013

Name Brand Transactions
Sports practice leader Richard Brand and Corporate & Securities practice leader Steven Cohen served as outside counsel for the San Francisco 49ers in a naming rights and sponsorship transaction with Levi Strauss & Co. The transaction made the iconic jeans company the most prominent stadium sponsor of the Santa Clara Stadium Authority and the 49ers, and it designates the name Levi's Stadium for the team's new home being built in Santa Clara. The transaction was reported to be the largest naming rights and sponsorship transaction in the history of the West Coast. Previously, Rich and Steve represented the Brooklyn Events Center and the Brooklyn Nets in connection with the Barclays Center naming rights transaction, which was the largest arena naming rights and team sponsorship deal in the history of sports.

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Arent Fox LLP

1717 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-5339
Phone: (202) 857-6000
Fax: (202) 857-6395


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Mark Katz
  • Managing Partner: Matthew J. Clark
  • Hiring Attorneys: California: Robert C. O’Brien; New York: Michael S. Blass; Washington, DC: Henry Morris, Jr.
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 375

  • Employment Contact
    Los Angeles and San Francisco
    Kimberly Harrell
    HR/Attorney Recruitment Manager
    Phone: (213) 443-7530
    Fax: (213) 629-7401

    New York
    Rachel Snitkoff
    Senior Attorney Recruitment Coordinator
    Phone: (212) 484-3983
    Fax: (212) 484-3990

    Washington, DC
    Libby Tracy
    Attorney Recruitment and Development Manager
    Phone: (202) 715-8503
    Fax: (202) 857-6395

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year:  $160,000
    Summer associate:  $3,000/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    9 out of 12 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust & Competition
    Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
    Consumer Product Safety
    Contests, Sweepstakes, Loyalty Programs & Gaming
    Energy & Environmental
    Food & Drug
    Government Contractor Services
    Government Relations
    Health Care
    Intellectual Property
    International Business
    International Trade
    Labor & Employment
    Life Sciences
    Long Term Care & Senior Living
    Media, Sports & Entertainment
    Political Law
    Real Estate
    Tax & Estate Planning

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC (HQ) • Los Angeles, CA • New York, NY • San Francisco, CA
  • Gas Company Tower
  • 555 West Fifth Street, 48th Floor
  • Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Phone: (213) 629-7400
  • Fax: (213) 629-7401
  • 1675 Broadway
  • New York, NY 10019-5820
  • Phone: (212) 484-3900
  • Fax: (212) 484-3990
  • 55 Second Street, 21st Floor
  • San Francisco, CA 94105-3470
  • Phone: (415) 757-5500
  • Fax: (415) 757-5501
  • 1717 K Street, NW
  • Washington, DC 20036-5339
  • Phone: (202) 857-6000
  • Fax: (202) 857-6395
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