Arent Fox LLP at a Glance


  • “Ability to take vacation”
  • “Jeans on Friday”
  • “Work is interesting”


  • “Bonus could be better”
  • “Not enough credit for pro bono time”
  • “They take forever to hire someone to fill vacancies”

The Buzz

  • “Great for public policy”
  • “Growing”
  • “Very DC”
  • “Workaholics”

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.



Patently Productive

Qualcomm, a leading wireless telecommunications research and development company, and one of the largest semiconductor chip suppliers in the world, retains Arent Fox as one of its primary U.S. patent prosecution counsel. Led by partners James J. Bindseil and Craig Gelfound, the company has asked Arent Fox to assist in managing its vast patent portfolio, including work on some of its most important innovations and next-generation technologies. Overall, the engagement represents a huge undertaking, with Qualcomm filing more than a thousand patent applications a year. The total number of Qualcomm-related cases currently handled by the firm exceeds 9,000 worldwide.

Hardly Timid in Timor

Led by Complex Litigation and International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution partners Pierre-Richard Prosper, Robert C. O'Brien, Timothy J. Feighery, Steven E. Bledsoe and Lee M. Caplan, Arent Fox represents the Government of Timor-Leste (also known as East Timor) in a number of domestic lawsuits and international arbitration proceedings against energy giant ConocoPhillips. The litigation stems from the multinational corporation's exploration and production of natural gas fields in the South Timor Sea. The international arbitration, initiated by ConocoPhillips, was held in Singapore under UNCITRAL rules and is one of the largest international arbitrations currently pending. The case originated after ConocoPhillips challenged a tax assessment by the Government of Timor-Leste and started legal proceedings when the government rejected its tax deductions. Timor-Leste is one of the world's newest democracies and is seeking to ensure that oil and gas production in its territory is conducted in full compliance with its laws and regulations.


New Tower in New York

Led by Real Estate partner David L. Dubrow, Arent Fox provided counsel on a $1.6 billion municipal bond financing deal that will enable the World Trade Center to add a fourth tower. In October 2014, developer Larry Silverstein secured the financing to structure a deal to complete the long-planned 1,170-foot 3 World Trade Center after selling more than a billion dollars of tax-exempt bonds. The developer turned to David-one of the preeminent municipal bond attorneys in the country-to assist in structuring the deal focusing on protections for the riskiest debt tranche. The 2.5 million square-foot tower, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers, is expected to be finished in 2018.

No Pain No Gain

Sports group leader Richard L. Brand led a group from Arent Fox that served as outside counsel for the Brooklyn Nets in connection with the team's new multi-million dollar training facility, which will be located in Brooklyn's Industry City. The firm provided counsel on all aspects of the practice facility, including the leasing of the real property, the separate lease of the associated tenant improvements, and the construction of one of the largest training facility transactions in professional sports. Finance partner Alan S. Dubin, Real Estate partner Jeremy B. Fox, Construction partner Andrew Ross and Corporate & Securities associate Kelli A. Scheid all worked on the deal. The 70,000 square-foot facility will occupy the eighth floor of a century-old warehouse at 148 39th Street, with construction scheduled to be completed by the start of the team's 2015 training camp. The facility will feature world-class amenities, including two full basketball courts, a weight room, a training pool and two hydro pools, a rooftop entertainment space, an 18-seat multimedia theater, 3,000 square feet of lounge space and a media interview and workroom.

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Arent Fox LLP

1717 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-5344
Phone: (202) 857-6000
Fax: (202) 857-6395


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Mark Katz
  • Managing Partner: Matthew J. Clark
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 370

  • Employment Contact
    Los Angeles and San Francisco
    Lauren Battaglia
    Attorney Recruitment Coordinator
    Phone: (213) 629-7411 
    Fax: (213) 629-7401
    New York
    Rachel Bracken
    Attorney Recruitment Manager
    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
    2nd year: $165,000
    3rd year: $180,000
    Summer associate: $3,000/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    7 out of 7 (2014)

  • 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

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