Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP at a Glance


  • “Work-life balance”
  • “Great culture of smart people with outside interests”
  • “Work is interesting with fun clients”


  • “Below market compensation”
  • “Lack of transparency”
  • “No official partnership track”

About Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

Founded and headquartered on Wall Street since 1854, Carter Ledyard & Milburn is through and through a New York City law firm. The firm prides itself on its self-described "can do," "get the deal done" philosophy.

Of Names and Presidents

Carter Ledyard & Milburn wasn't always known as such. Like a celebrity or a hurricane, the firm has gone through many name changes. Originally named Scudder and Carter after founders James Coolidge Carter and Henry J. Scudder, the firm became Carter and Ledyard with Lewis Cass Ledyard's arrival and ascension to partner in 1881 and Scudder's death in 1886. Eventually, Carter and Ledyard welcomed John C. Milburn to become Carter Ledyard & Milburn. A stint as an associate here was part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's career path. Carter Ledyard is still making history, the firm recently appointed its first female Managing Partner, Judith A. Lockhart, in its 150-year history.

Committed to the City

As a historically New York City firm, Carter Ledyard remains committed to its home base. The firm helped to refinance bonds as part of the World Trade Center Project to rebuild Ground Zero, counseled the Battery Park City Corporation in the renovation of one of the only historic piers left in Manhattan and has done pro bono work for New Yorkers for Parks regarding land protection issues. Several partners and associates have been elected to and serve on city and environmental boards, including the New York City Audubon Society, the Bronx River Alliance and the Eastchester Board of Fire Commissioners.

Though the firm's New York roots run deep, it is committed to the U.S. on the global stage as well. Its Gateway to America program offers legal counsel to corporations in countries such as Israel, India, Russia and Barbados that want to conduct business in the U.S.

Let Us Be Your Partner

With just over 100 attorneys and a near 1:1 partner to associate ratio, Carter Ledyard emphasizes quality over quantity. All cases are handled by a partner and one or more associates, a strategy that hasn't gone unrecognized: the firm placed in the National Law Journal's "Midsize Hot List" three years in a row as one of the top twenty midsize law firms in the nation.

Gold Medals, Great Music, and Good Energy

The firm boasts clients the likes of Olympic gold medal-hoarding track star Usain Bolt and LOVE pop-artist Robert Indiana. Some of its more interesting cases involve advising individuals and companies, including financial institutions like GFI Group, Inc., about restrictive covenants and non-compete litigation. The firm advises clients in the medical device and biotech fields like CooperSurgical, Inc. and Trinity Biotech PLC on transactional matters and litigation. The firm handles bond litigation for BNY Mellon and represents Awkward Family Photos, Surfer Girl International, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC in trademark matters and litigation. Carter Ledyard also advised the Long Island Power Authority on the Long Island Solar Farm, the biggest solar energy project in the state of New York, and Spectra Energy Corp. in the creation of natural gas transportation infrastructure in the New York and New Jersey areas.

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Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

2 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 732-3200
Fax: (212) 732-3232


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Judith A. Lockhart
  • Hiring Partner: Austin D. Keyes
  • Total No. Attorneys 2013: 95

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $135,000
    Summer associate: $2,596/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    4 out of 4 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Art Law
    Bank Regulatory Practice
    Banking Institutions, Institutional Lenders, and Corporate Borrowers
    Canada Cross-Border
    Commercial Lending
    Commercial Litigation
    Corporate Trust
    Distressed Debt
    Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Plan Investments Under ERISA
    Employment Law
    Energy Project Development and Finance
    Environmental and Land Use
    Hotels and Resorts
    Insolvency and Creditors' Rights
    Intellectual Property
    Internal Investigations and White-Collar Defense
    International Arbitration
    International Business
    Legal Audit and Investigation
    Personal Tax Planning for Individuals
    Real Estate
    Tax-Exempt Organizations
    Tax-Exempt Organizations Real Estate
    Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants
    Trusts & Estates

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY