Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP at a Glance


  • “Work-life balance.”
  • “One-on-one working relationships between associates and partners”
  • “The lawyers: they're brilliant, friendly, interesting, kind, and a pleasure to work with.”


  • “Somewhat old-fashioned”
  • “There's room for improvement in our technology offerings”
  • “Outdated and deficient firm marketing efforts”

About Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

Founded and headquartered on Wall Street since 1854, Carter Ledyard & Milburn is a New York City law firm through and through. Franklin D. Roosevelt was an associate at Carter Ledyard before he became Governor of New York and President of the United States. The firm prides itself on its self-described "can do," "get the deal done" philosophy.

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 Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York State and Friends of Van Cortlandters for Parks.

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, Canada, China, Russia, United Kingdom, and Ireland that want to conduct business in the U.S.

Getting to Know You

With approximately 90 attorneys and at least a 1:1 partner-to-associate ratio, Carter Ledyard emphasizes quality over quantity. All cases are handled by a partner and one or more associates. And for junior associates, this structure means getting direct experience with a variety of partners since first-year associates are not assigned to a practice area. With one main partner contact, first years can receive assignments across practice areas and get to know the firm's work before concentrating on one specific area. The firm aims to guide juniors via on-the-job feedback and two evaluations each year.

A Firm of Many Talents

Carter Ledyard has a range of expertise under its belt. Among the firm's fortes is advising financial institutions regarding restrictive covenants and non-compete litigation. The firm advises clients in the medical device and biotech fields-such as CooperSurgical, Inc. and Trinity Biotech PLC-on transactional matters and litigation. Also among its work is handling bond litigation for BNY Mellon and representing 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.


September 2018

Carter Ledyard partner Bryan J. Hall was recognized at M&A Advisor's 2018 Emerging Leaders Summit held in New York on September 14, 2018 for his achievements in the M&A industry. The Emerging Leaders Awards recognize M&A, Financing, and Turnaround professionals under the age of 40 who have reached a significant level of success.

May 2018

On May 24, 2018, Carter Ledyard client Global SC Finance IV Limited completed an offering of $196 million of fixed rate asset backed notes. Global SC Finance IV Limited is a subsidiary of Seaco SRL, one of the world's leading marine container leasing companies. Carter Ledyard partners James Gadsden and Andris J. Vizbaras and associates Anup Khatri and Brielle Kilmartin represented Global SC Finance IV Limited with assistance from Marc Kushner, Jerome J. Caulfield, Steven Paul McSloy, Leonardo Trivigno, and Mary Winchurch Brown.

October 2017

Carter Ledyard hosted a roundtable discussion and networking reception on October 26, 2017 focused on cybersecurity issues facing the financial services industry. The event brought together more than thirty representatives of broker dealers, investments advisers, money managers, hedge funds, banks, and other financial institutions. Carter Ledyard attorneys John M. Griem, Jr. and Valentino Vasi hosted the event. Carter Ledyard is hosting another cybersecurity panel and reception in the fall of 2018.

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Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Judith Wallace
  • Hiring Partner: Austin D. Keyes
  • Total No. Attorneys 2018: 90

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $137,500

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust • Art Law • Banking and Commercial Lending • Canada Cross-Border • Capital Markets and Leveraged Finance Practice • China Cross-Border • Condemnation • Construction • Corporate • Corporate Trust • Cybersecurity • Distressed Debt • Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Plan Investments Under ERISA • Employment Law • Energy Project Development and Finance • Environmental and Land Use • Fashion Law • Fiduciary Litigation • Financial Institutions Regulatory and Enforcement • Hotels and Resorts • Insolvency and Creditors' Rights • Intellectual Property • Internal Investigations and White-Collar Defense • International Arbitration • International Business • Israeli Cross-Border • Legal Audit and Investigation • Litigation and Disputes • Maritime • Mergers and Acquisitions • Native American Law • Personal Tax Planning for Individuals • Real Estate • Securities • Tax • Tax-Exempt Organizations • Tax-Exempt Organizations Real Estate • Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants • Trusts & Estates • Turkey Cross-Border

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (2 offices)