Bingham McCutchen LLP at a Glance


  • “The people I work with”
  • “The work/life balance”
  • “Culture”


  • “Lack of transparency with management”
  • “Uneven work”
  • “Long hours”

The Buzz

  • “Big in Boston”
  • “Nice to work with”
  • “Fratty”
  • “Recent layoffs are bad press”

About Bingham McCutchen LLP

Bingham McCutchen is a global law firm that has expanded by swallowing up smaller firms in cities across the United States, Europe and Asia, while luring talent away from domestic and international firms (often targeting specialists in niche areas such as bankruptcy and regulatory and enforcement work).

Bigger & Bigger

With roots dating to the 1890s, Bingham trained its focus on New England clients for the bulk of the 20th century, resisting the urge to colonize elsewhere through the ebbs and flows of a dozen decades. Come 1995, however, things changed and dramatically at that: between that year and 2010, the firm completed ten mergers from New York to Tokyo, quintupled its attorney base and watched its revenue grow from $80 million to $873 million. 

The most active year in Bingham's modern history was 2007, when the firm combined with high-stakes Los Angeles litigation house Alschuler Grossman and two Japanese firms: Sakai & Mimura-a 20-lawyer Tokyo outfit specializing in financial restructuring and M&A-and New Tokyo International-a small insolvency and restructuring shop. Two years later, Bingham pulled off one more merger when it combined with McKee Nelson, a tax law and finance specialist with offices in New York and Washington, DC. According to the firm, it was the 10th combination under the 18-year tenure of firm chairman Jay Zimmerman.

In 2011, Bingham hung out its shingle in Beijing for the first time, thanks to the lateral hire of recognized international lawyer Xiaowei Ye as a partner and the transfer of Tokyo corporate partner Brian Beglin to Beijing. Bingham's leading role in Asia dates back to 1997 when the firm combined with Marks & Murase, a New York firm known for its complex cross-border work in Japan. In 2007, Bingham further expanded in Asia with the opening of its Hong Kong office and its combinations with two leading Tokyo firms-Sakai & Mimura, a leader in cross-border financial restructuring and M&A, and New Tokyo International, a premier insolvency, corporate and litigation firm.

How's That for Variety?

Besides expanding its geographic reach, Bingham has branched off into other industries, establishing wholly-owned subsidiary businesses: Bingham Consulting Group-focusing on business/government relations strategies-and Bingham Strategic Advisors-providing advice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and business restructurings. Bingham Consulting includes a State Strategy Group that helps companies build and coordinate lobbying efforts at the state level, while an Attorneys General Group works with companies as they confront investigations brought by multiple state attorneys general.

In its core legal practice, Bingham has a list of major practice specialties (everything from litigation to tax to corporate law) and also fields industry teams dedicated to financial services, energy and technology. Among the many clients that have turned to Bingham for advice and representation over the years are Fortune 500 companies, Silicon Valley tech startups, manufacturers, real estate companies, banks, hedge funds and big media names. Some of the firm's recent notable matters include its representation of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Anadarko E&P Company LP, and MOEX Offshore 2007 regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; financial services company ING in the Enron commercial paper litigation; bondholders of Polish-based Elektrim, for whom the firm secured €185 million in damages; Oracle in litigation against SAP AG for infringement of Oracle's copyrighted software and support materials, computer fraud and related claims where the firm obtained a jury verdict of $1.3 billion in Oracle's favor; and leading camera and medical-device maker Olympus Co. Ltd. Japan as lead counsel on issues relating to the company's high-profile matter involving $1.7 billion in accounting irregularities.

A "Best Place to Work"

For 10 straight years, Bingham has enjoyed a spot on FORTUNE's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, due in no small part to its inclusive workplace. All U.S. offices have quarterly Women's Mentoring programming, and the firm recently instituted a robust Leave Returner program assuring successful integration and support after an extended leave. The firm's IMPACT and Pride Network resource groups for lawyers of color and LGBT lawyers, respectively, help with career development at all stages and hold regular retreats. Bingham's diversity efforts are led by a Diversity Executive Committee on which a number of senior partners voluntarily serve.


March 2014

A New Reality
A team of Bingham lawyers advised Oculus VR, a company specializing in virtual reality videogames, on its $2.1 billion acquisition by social media giant Facebook.

November 2013

Big Clients and Big Cases
Bingham advised Kuraray, a chemicals manufacturer, in its $543 million acquisition of DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions/Vinyls.

The First of its Kind
Bingham represented Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management in the launch of the first U.S.-listed exchange-traded fund to invest in China A-Shares.

Patent Pros
Bingham defended Olympus Corporation in multidistrict patent infringement litigation.

A Friend to Freddie
Bingham represented and developed the defense for Freddie Mac in a securities fraud class action arising out of the 2008 financial crisis.

July 2013

International Expertise
The firm represented the senior debt coordinators in the restructuring of the Terreal Group, a private equity-owned manufacturer of terracotta products based in Paris.

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Bingham McCutchen LLP

One Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110-1726
Phone: (617) 951-8000
Fax: (617) 951-8736


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Jay Zimmerman
  • National Hiring Partner: Christina Melendi
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 850

  • Employment Contact
    Susan Manch
    Firmwide Director of Recruiting & Development
    Phone: (202) 373-6560
    Fax: (202) 373-6001

  • Base Salary
    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: $3,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    34 out of 39 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust and Trade Regulation
    Banking and Leveraged Finance
    Energy and Project Finance
    Environmental, Land Use and Natural Resources
    Estate Planning
    Financial Institutions Regulatory, Enforcement and Litigation
    Financial Services
    Financial Restructuring
    Government Affairs
    Intellectual Property
    Investment Management
    Private Equity
    Real Estate
    Structured Transactions
    Tax and Employee Benefits
    Telecommunications, Media & Technology
    White Collar Investigations and Enforcement

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA
  • Hartford, CT
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Orange County, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Beijing
  • London
  • Hong Kong
  • Frankfurt
  • Tokyo
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