Arnold & Porter LLP at a Glance


  • “Great maternity leave and part-time policies”
  • “Serious about its pro bono commitment”
  • “High-profile international cases”


  • “No room at the top”
  • “Firm management seems detached”
  • “Slow to make any changes”

The Buzz

  • “Appellate giant”
  • “Great environmental practice”
  • “Stuffy”
  • “National reach, but still a DC firm”

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 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

Through creative advocacy and tenacity, 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.  In 2013, firm clients prevailed in three Supreme Court merits cases.  Practice group head Lisa Blatt has argued 33 SCOTUS cases, prevailing in 32, and was hailed in The National Law Journal as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" in 2013. The team also includes former Supreme Court law clerks and lawyers ranked among the best in the country in appellate law.


March 2014

Counsel to Hungary
Arnold & Porter client, Hungary, closed a global offering of $3 billion in debt securities via BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank Securities and J.P. Morgan. The $3 billion offering consisted of $1 billion notes due in 2019 and $2 billion notes due in 2024. The offering was one of the largest deals in the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region. The firm has been active in representing the ministries of finance and central banks of many sovereign governments since well before the original debt crisis of the 1980s.

January 2014

Voting Rights Victory
Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley permanently enjoined Pennsylvania's controversial photo identification law because it violated the commonwealth's constitution by threatening to disenfranchise "hundreds of thousands" of voters. The long-awaited decision came after a series of closely-watched legal actions in both Pennsylvania's trial and appellate courts brought by a pro bono legal team, which included attorneys from Arnold & Porter LLP, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Advancement Project.

January 2014

Texas or Bust
Arnold & Porter LLP announced that it opened an office in Houston. The new office enables the firm to better serve clients within and outside the region, particularly those whose business needs require national and cross-border regulatory, litigation and transactional expertise. Thomas Milch, Arnold & Porter's chairman, said, "We see significant opportunities to build in Houston based on our existing strengths and our experience in the region. We are targeting growth of practices in Houston that help us continue to provide sophisticated service to clients, in the energy sector and elsewhere, in the most cost-effective way possible."

October 2013

Biotech Distribution Dispute Dismissal
A New York federal judge dismissed the remainder of a lawsuit accusing Amersham PLC of violating a distribution agreement with Enzo Biochem Inc. for DNA testing technology and unfair competition, saying all the claims are time-barred or without merit. In ending the decade-old dispute, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Sullivan granted Arnold & Porter's client, Amersham, summary judgment on Enzo's claims of breach of contract, tortious interference and unfair competition. In September 2012, the judge had granted Amersham summary judgment as to Enzo's patent infringement claims.

June 2013

Family Reunion
In the landmark adoption case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the firm's clients, marking the firm's third consecutive victory at the Supreme Court in 2013. The Court held that a father who never had custody of his biological child cannot use the Indian Child Welfare Act to block a voluntary, lawful adoption simply because the child has Native American ancestry. This victory led to an interstate battle on remand, where Arnold & Porter prevailed in the high courts of South Carolina and Oklahoma and defeated emergency relief sought in the U.S. Supreme Court. In September 2013, "Baby Girl" was reunited with her adoptive parents.

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Arnold & Porter LLP

555 Twelfth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004-1206
Phone: (202) 942-5000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Thomas H. Milch
  • Hiring Partners: Ellen Kaye Fleishhacker and Darren Skinner
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 720

  • Employment Contact
    Jennifer Gewertz
    Senior Manager of Attorney Recruitment
    555 Twelfth Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20004
    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
    34 out of 36 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Appellate and Supreme Court
    Attorney Liability
    Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring
    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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