Arnold & Porter LLP at a Glance


  • “The clients and the type of work”
  • “Great attorneys and staff”
  • “Generally respectful of weekends/holidays”


  • “Bonuses are unpredictable”
  • “Poor partnership prospects”
  • “Lack of management openness”

The Buzz

  • “Great antitrust practice”
  • “Family-friendly”
  • “Old school DC firm”
  • “Chintzy on bonuses”

About Arnold & Porter LLP

Arnold & Porter has cultivated a reputation for excellence in a variety of practice areas. In addition to a preeminent antitrust team, the firm boasts reputable transaction, regulatory and litigation departments. It has also garnered accolades for its enjoyable working environment, repeatedly named one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" (only a handful of law firms appear) as well as one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" by Working Mother.

A Noble Tradition

A&P maintains an award-winning pro bono tradition that stretches back to the McCarthy era, when co-founders Abe Fortas and Thurmond Arnold defeated unwarranted "communist espionage" charges against Asia scholar Owen Lattimore. The resounding victory attracted similar entreaties from other accused academics and government officials and served as the foundation of the firm's lauded program in public interest law.
That said, every firm has to eat-Arnold & Porter set its table with work in the post-WWII boom years. In 1947-a year after the firm's founding-Fortas and Arnold added a third name partner, Paul Porter. Each of the three held a high-ranking public sector pedigree: Arnold as a former assistant attorney general and federal appeals court judge, Fortas as a past undersecretary of the Interior and Porter as a former FCC chairman and administrator of the wartime Office of Price Administration. Future recruits would come from the departments of State, Justice and Treasury, the Federal Reserve, FTC, FCC, CIA and SEC. LBJ, however, shook up the firm's partnership in 1965 by appointing Fortas (one of the former president's close advisors) to the Supreme Court-a position Fortas is said to have "reluctantly" accepted.

Making Its Mark

Arnold & Porter didn't waste any time making serious history and racking up an impressive client list. In its early years, the firm represented Clarence Earl Gideon in Gideon v. Wainwright (the landmark Supreme Court case that established a criminal defendant's right to counsel) and handled an obscenity defense assignment for a little rag called Playboy (a long-standing client thereafter). By 1951, the firm had landed Pan American Airways, Lever Brothers, Western Union, Otis Elevator, the American Broadcasting Company and Sun Oil as clients.

In the 90s, A&P lawyers secured from then-President Bill Clinton the first posthumous presidential pardon in American history. The recipient of the 1999 executive order was Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper, the first African-American graduate of West Point and the first African-American commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Flipper was dismissed from the Army in 1882 after a court martial that has been long regarded as racially motivated.


With over 90 attorneys in its U.S. and European offices, Arnold & Porter's antitrust practice handles the full range of complex and critical antitrust matters, including transactions, government investigations, cartel matters, strategic counseling, and class action litigation. The firm's team includes lawyers who have held significant senior government positions in Europe and the U.S. On the transactions front, the firm's lawyers have obtained antitrust clearance for some of the most significant mergers and acquisitions on both sides of the Atlantic, including: The Kroger Co. in the client's US$2.5 billion merger with Harris Teeter Supermarkets; General Electric in its sale of a majority stake of NBC Universal to Comcast; Intel Corporation in its US$7.7 billion purchase of McAfee; Sony Corporation of America and Sony/ATV in their successful purchase of the music publishing business of EMI; and Kraft Foods, Inc. in its acquisition of Cadbury plc. In addition, AT&T has been a long-standing client of Arnold & Porter's antitrust and telecommunications practices, relying on the firm's lawyers to assist the company with its largest and most strategic transactions, including the merger between AT&T and BellSouth in 2006.

Appellate Expertise

Nationally ranked as a leading Supreme Court and appellate practice, Arnold & Porter has built an impressive record of success at the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as in the federal and state appellate courts.  Known for handling high stakes corporate matters, the practice also has garnered national attention for its pro bono appeals.  Practice group head Lisa Blatt has argued 33 SCOTUS cases, prevailing in 32-an unprecedented win record.  The team also includes former Supreme Court law clerks and lawyers considered among the best in the country in appellate law.



Fresh Faces
Over the last year, a number of lateral partners and counsel have joined the firm, expanding the breadth of services available to the firm's clients. Particular areas of growth for the firm have been Corporate and Securities, International Trade, Intellectual Property and Financial Services, complementing the firm's existing capabilities to serve clients whose business needs require counsel in the areas of international transactional, technology litigation, international trade and more.

April 2015

Fighting Cancer
Arnold & Porter represented Aduro Biotech, Inc. in the negotiation of a collaboration with Novartis for the worldwide research, development and commercialization of novel immuno-oncology products derived from Aduro's cyclic dinucleotide (CDN) approach to target the STING (Stimulator of Interferon Genes) receptor, that, when activated, initiates innate and adaptive tumor-specific immune responses. The transaction is the fourth collaboration and licensing transaction handled by the firm within five months. Novartis has paid $200 million to Aduro and, if development milestones are met, Aduro is eligible to receive up to an additional aggregate amount of $500 million.

March 2015

Sunken Treasure
Arnold & Porter LLP obtained a definitive victory on behalf of the Republic of Colombia in a US$17 billion U.S. federal court dispute originally filed in 2010 by the U.S.-based maritime salvage company Sea Search Armada. The litigation, which involved two separate federal cases, related to alleged rights to the treasure aboard a Spanish galleon, the San José, which sank more than 300 years ago off the coast of present-day Colombia. SSA claimed that it had a contractual right to salvage the vessel and to a part of the gold and silver coins and bullion aboard the ship and assessed at US$17 billion the value of its alleged stake.

It Tells Time, But Wait There's More!
Arnold & Porter client Fullpower Technologies, Inc., an innovative Silicon Valley wearable technology company, announced that it has entered into a worldwide collaboration with Union Horlogere Holdings to bring Fullpower's MotionX technology to the Swiss watch industry. A new Geneva-based joint venture, Manufacture Modules Technologies Sàrl (MMT), formed by Fullpower and Union Horlogere Holdings, has licensed schematic designs, firmware, smartphone applications and cloud infrastructure from Fullpower. MMT offers a Horological Smartwatch solution based on Fullpower technology that enables watchmakers to integrate activity tracking, sleep monitoring and other connected functionality into traditional-looking watches.

February 2015

Rally Raiders!
Arnold & Porter convinced a jury to vindicate the Oakland Raiders in a lawsuit brought by two former scouts who alleged they were terminated because of their age. The three-year dispute began after long-term Raiders' owner Al Davis passed away in October 2011 and the NFL team hired a new General Manager who, early in 2012, replaced a number of coaches and members of the scouting department. Two head scouts, aged 68 and 59, filed suit against the Raiders for alleged age discrimination and breach of contract, seeking several millions of dollars in lost wages, plus punitive damages.

January 2015

It's Getting Hot in Here
For the second consecutive year, Arnold & Porter has been named to The National Law Journal's Pro Bono Hot List. The report recognizes 10 firms that have made "exemplary contributions in providing access to justice." The NLJ called out Arnold & Porter particularly for having prevailed in two significant voter-identification cases during the year that "mark the firm's commitment to voter access" and that had "entailed hard-fought battles in two states." Earlier in 2014, the firm's pro bono program was likewise recognized by Law360 for the second year in a row as one of the Top 20 pro bono law firms in the country.

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Arnold & Porter LLP

601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 942-5000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Thomas H. Milch
  • Hiring Partners: Ellen Kaye Fleishhacker and Darren Skinner
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 732

  • Employment Contact
    Jennifer Gewertz
    Senior Manager of Attorney Recruitment
    601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20001 
    Phone: 202-942-5738

  • Base Salary
    All U.S. offices
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    8th year: $280,000
    Summer associate: $3080 per week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    33 out of 33 (2Ls) (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Appellate and Supreme Court
    Attorney Liability
    Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring
    Class Actions
    Compensation & Benefits
    Congressional Investigations
    Consumer Product Safety
    Consumer Protection & Advertising
    Corporate & Securities
    Crisis Management & Planning
    Derivatives & Commodities
    FDA & Healthcare
    Financial Services
    Government Contracts
    Information Security, Electronic Surveillance and Computer Crime
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    International Trade
    Labor & Employment
    Legislative & Public Policy
    National & Homeland Security
    Political Law, Government Ethics & Lobbying Compliance
    Private Client Services
    Product Liability Litigation
    Public International Law
    Real Estate
    Securities Enforcement & Litigation
    Tax, Trusts & Estates
    Telecommunications, Internet & Media
    Toxic Tort
    White Collar Defense

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC (HQ)
  • Denver, CO
  • Houstin, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Brussels
  • London
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