Arnold & Porter at a Glance


  • “Down-to-earth, approachable colleagues”
  • “Niche practice areas”
  • “Name recognition”


  • “Dismal bonuses”
  • “Lack of promotion options”
  • “Firm management”

The Buzz

  • “Great for appellate work and antitrust”
  • “Big name in D.C.”
  • “Fading”
  • “Merrick Garland”

About Arnold & Porter

Editor's note:  In January 2017 Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer merged to form Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. The information herein pertains to the pre-merger Arnold & Porter.

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 magazine.

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 €12.35 billion acquisition of Alstom; AT&T in its US$49 billion acquisition of DIRECTV; Anthem in the antitrust review of the company's US$54 billion acquisition of Cigna Corporation; and the Golden State Warriors in the successful defense of an antitrust lawsuit brought by StubHub, Inc.; 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.


March 2016
E-book Achievement

Arnold & Porter achieved the dismissal of three antitrust suits filed against HarperCollins Publishers by former e-book retailers alleging they had been forced out of business by an alleged price-fixing conspiracy between Apple Inc. and five publishers. The plaintiffs alleged they had been injured by the publishers' switch to an "agency" pricing model, in which publishers set their own e-book prices and paid commissions to the retailer. In their motions for summary judgment, however, the defendants successfully argued that each of their businesses were failing long before the pricing change.

February 2016
Costa Concordia Suit Sunk

Arnold & Porter scored a major victory in obtaining the dismissal of two mass tort lawsuits filed against Carnival Corporation over the widely-publicized January 2012 shipwreck involving its cruise ship Costa Concordia. A Florida Appellate Court ruled that lawsuits filed by passengers abroad the ship that sank off the coast of Italy belong in Italian courts, where most of the evidence and witnesses reside, and the Third District Court of Appeal agreed.

January 2016
Pro Bono Power

Arnold & Porter was named to Law360's list of "Pro Bono Firms of 2015" for having demonstrated an "exceptionally stalwart commitment to pro bono work" involving "cases crucial to the public good." The Firm had been named to the list in 2011, 2013, and 2014 and was ranked at the top of American Lawyer's 2015 Pro Bono Report internationally. In addition, Arnold & Porter ranked as the top law firm on the 2015 TrustLaw Index of Law Firm Pro Bono Programs in England and Wales.

November 2015
The Warriors' Warriors

Arnold & Porter represented the Golden State Warriors in an antitrust action that challenged the Warriors' policies concerning ticket resale. The firm moved to dismiss because the complaint failed to allege the existence of a viable antitrust market and attempted to separate the primary and secondary ticketing markets. The presiding judge granted the firm's motion to dismiss in its entirety. StubHub has appealed to the Ninth Circuit.

October 2015
Settling BP Oil Spill Claims

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico led to one of the most complicated, multi-party legal proceedings in American legal history. As core members of the "virtual law firm" that BP called upon, a team at Arnold & Porter, along with co-counsel, negotiated a global settlement with the US DOJ, the five Gulf States, and 300 local government entities to resolve civil Clean Water Act claims, Natural Resource Damages claims, and all governmental economic damage claims estimated at nearly $18.7 billion.

Ramping Up

Over the last year, a number of lateral partners and counsel have joined the Firm, expanding the breadth of services available to its clients doing business in the global economy. Areas of growth for the Firm have included its practices in the following areas: Legislative and Public Policy, Life Sciences, National Security, Energy, Environmental, Corporate and Securities, International Trade, International Arbitration, Intellectual Property, and Financial Services.

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Arnold & Porter

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Richard M. Alexander
  • Hiring Partners: Ellen Kaye Fleishhacker & Darren Skinner
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 727

  • Base Salary

    All US offices
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    8th year: $315,000
    Summer associate: $3,465 per week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    33 out of 33 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Appellate and Supreme Court
    Attorney Liability
    Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring
    Class Actions
    Compensation & Benefits
    Consumer Product Safety
    Consumer Protection & Advertising
    Corporate & Securities
    Crisis Management & Planning
    Derivatives & Commodities
    Financial Services
    Government Contracts
    Information Security, Electronic Surveillance and Computer Crime
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    International Trade
    Labor & Employment
    Legislative & Public Policy
    Life Sciences 
    Private Client Services
    Product Liability Litigation
    Public International Law
    Real Estate
    Securities Enforcement & Litigation
    Tax, Trusts & Estates
    Telecommunications, Internet & Media
    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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