Arent Fox LLP at a Glance


  • “Fantastic work-life balance”
  • “Business outlook”
  • “Flexibility to work from home”


  • “Bonus compensation”
  • “Not as much name recognition”
  • “Lack of formal training”

The Buzz

  • “Good IP practice”
  • “Decent work-life balance”
  • “DC-centric”
  • “Arrogant Fox”

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. 


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.


Fighting for Facebook

Arent Fox's California real estate attorneys advise Facebook on the land use aspects of the company's massive new headquarters development in Menlo Park, in the heart of Silicon Valley. In 2012, the firm achieved a major victory by securing permission for Facebook to repurpose the former Sun Microsystems campus for Facebook's use. The new Frank Gehry building, which opened last year, measures 430,000 square feet and has the largest open floor plan in the world.

My Martian

Arent Fox is the primary trademark, copyright, design patent, and global ecommerce counsel for Mars, Inc. Firm attorneys manage all of Mars' trademarks, copyrights, and designs in the Americas for the chocolate, pet care, and food segments, and Arent Fox oversees all trademarks, copyrights, and design matters for Mars' drinks segment globally. The firm is also helping Mars integrate its global ecommerce platform.

Repping DVF

Arent Fox has cemented its name as the premier law firm in the US for fashion industry clients, which includes serving as outside general counsel to designer Diane Von Furstenberg, best known for her iconic wrap dress. The firm's work for DVF includes counseling on trademark litigation, gray markets goods issues, and advising on issues surrounding the Diane Von Furstenberg TV show. Other global fashion clients include The Limited, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, Diesel, Escada, and Lacoste.

The Clear Choice

One of the largest hospitality companies in the world uses Arent Fox on key transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters, including acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, trademark portfolio management, and labor and employment issues. With more than 6,300 franchised properties in the US and in 35 countries across the globe, the firm's recent Choice work includes advising on a technology partnership, financing new hotels, and acquiring strategic assets.

October 2015
Hello Brooklyn

The blue chip NBA franchise has been a longstanding Arent Fox client and last year the firm advised the team on an extension of its existing media rights agreement with YES Network and Fox Sports for the exhibition of all Nets games and ancillary programming. Arent Fox has represented the Brooklyn Nets, the Barclays Center, and its affiliates in a wide variety of team and arena-related transactions for over 10 years, including serving as outside counsel in connection with the team's new multi-million dollar training facility, which will be located in Brooklyn's Industry City.

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Arent Fox LLP

1717 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-5344
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 2016: 370

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

  • Summer Associate Offers
    7 out of 8 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
    Communications, Technology & Mobile
    Corporate & Securities
    Food & Drug
    Government Contracts
    Government Relations
    Health Care
    Insurance & Reinsurance
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
    International Trade
    Labor & Employment
    Complex Litigation
    Real Estate
    Tax & Estate Planning
    White Collar & Investigations 

Major Office Locations

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