Arnold & Porter LLP

Arnold & Porter LLP Company Profile

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
The firm has a hot streak going in front of SCOTUS and in the 2012-13 term, Arnold & Porter represented clients in four merits cases (two wins, two pending). Designated one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by the National Law Journal in 2013, practice group head Lisa Blatt has argued 33 SCOTUS cases, prevailing in 30 with two pending.


April 2013

The Appeal of Sunken Treasure
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed in April 2013 a district court's earlier December 2011 dismissal of a salvage company's $17 billion lawsuit against the Republic of Colombia over rights to a sunken treasure ship. The Circuit Court opinion upholds dismissal of the salvage company's claims for breach of contract, conversion, and recognition of a foreign judgment. The appellate court agreed that plaintiff's suit was barred by the statute of limitations, and that a previous decision by Colombia's Supreme Court could not be enforced under the District of Columbia's foreign-judgment recognition law. The D.C. Circuit's decision is the latest development in a saga involving the famous galleon San José, a Spanish warship laden with gold and other precious metals that sank off the coast of Colombia in 1708.


Helping to Clarify Contracts Law for the Entire Defense Industry
The firm won during 2012 a series of precedent-setting Statute of Limitations rulings on behalf of Raytheon Missile Systems that barred millions of dollars in older government claims against the client regarding its production of the Tomahawk missile for the Department of Defense. The rulings are expected to help clarify the law (and foster greater contract predictability) for the entire defense industry. It is the latest in a long line of decisions before the federal agency and the Court of Federal Claims in which contractors have successfully invoked the federal Contract Dispute Act's limitations period against such older government claims.

No Non-Stents
The firm won a series of high profile patent suits on behalf of Boston Scientific Corp. during 2012 involving the design and structure of its medical stents. The complexity and breadth of technologies implicated by the various patents in these cases was daunting. Indeed, the parties retained no fewer than forty experts to testify on issues ranging from molecular chemistry to polymer science to immunology to pharmacokinetics and drug delivery. Despite this, Arnold & Porter's legal team was able to convince the judge, in three of four instances, that no reasonable juror could decide in the plaintiff's favor.

November-December 2012

Fifteen Years of Sovereign Wins
Continuing a 15-year-long string of victories on behalf of sovereign clients at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the firm gained additional favorable rulings in defense of Respondent Sovereign States, Chile and Hungary. On behalf of Chile, Arnold & Porter won the December 2012 annulment of an arbitral award issued in May 2008, following a nearly ten-year proceeding marred by procedural oddities and inexplicable delays, and a cast of seven different arbitrators on a three-member panel. Arnold & Porter also received a favorable decision during November, in which an arbitral tribunal rejected several claims brought by a Belgian claimant under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) concerning its investment in the Dunamenti power plant in Hungary.

October 2012

Photo ID Not Required
An important pro bono matter that arguably impacted last year's presidential election involved a Pennsylvania judge's October 2012 ruling enjoining local election officials from requiring photo ID of those trying to vote in the November election. The nationally-watched litigation was led by a legal team that included Arnold & Porter and the ACLU on behalf of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Public Interest Center of Philadelphia and the Advancement Project on behalf of individual voters, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, the NAACP, and the Homeless Advocacy Project.

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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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