Chadbourne & Parke LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Early responsibility”
  • “My colleagues are team players”
  • “Substantive work”

Downers

  • “Black box management”
  • “Work flow is distributed unevenly”
  • “Poor technology”

The Buzz

  • “Great LatAm practice”
  • “Project Finance”
  • “Stingy”
  • “Churners”

About Chadbourne & Parke LLP

With hundreds of attorneys working in dozens of practice areas across the globe, Chadbourne has made significant strides toward shedding its reputation as a New York-centric operation. A new emphasis on alternative energy financing complements the firm's traditional strengths in finance and fossil-fuels-based development projects.

New Offices Abound but the Apple's Still Home

Founded in New York in 1902, Chadbourne's current grasp reaches a dozen of the world's largest finance and oil crossing grounds. As a testament to such growth, Chadbourne eschews being labeled "New York-based"-though the Manhattan office still serves as the firm's largest branch and home to most of its senior management (the firm's Managing Partner splits his time between the New York and DC offices)-preferring to bill itself as a "single, integrated partnership" in which lawyers "from multiple offices regularly work together to share their knowledge and experience of local law and practice."

A Little Tweaking

Back in 2005, after a disappointing year, the firm implemented sweeping reforms, slicing underperforming practice groups and installing a centralized management structure. The changes brought about predictable results in the days that followed-having fewer partners tends to equate to increased profits for the survivors-while M&A soared. Chadbourne represented money manager GLG Partners in its $3.4 billion deal with Freedom Acquisition Holdings, Inc. and advised in the financing of a $4.25 billion coal-powered power plant in India, a deal that won four trade publication "deal of the year" awards. But when the subprime-driven finance freeze hit in 2008, the firm began shifting some focus toward others areas.

Expanding Practice Expertise and Global Coverage

As is the case with most global shops, Chadbourne is equipped to handle a plethora of practice areas, though the firm's transactional attorneys grab the highest-profile work. The firm's energy practice continues to attract innovative and exciting energy deals. In addition to its work on conventional energy mega deals, Chadbourne boasts an impressive record on green energy projects. Building off its existing energy accolades, and with the hiring of former New York Governor and 2016 Presidential Candidate George E. Pataki-who works on energy, environmental, and corporate matters-Chadbourne has become a dominant force in the areas of wind, solar and nuclear power. In recent years, Chadbourne has helped its clients in multiple multibillion dollar financing deals, with a knack for securing giant loan guarantees from the Department of Energy, which it also counted among its clients in offering more than $8 billion in financing for nuclear energy.

Chadbourne's other practice areas have seen growth as well. In early 2009, the firm began an expansion of its intellectual property practice. In 2011, Chadbourne also welcomed leading white-collar defense attorney Abbe Lowell back to the firm to head its White Collar and Special Litigation and Investigations Group. Abbe was appointed Chair of the firm's Litigation Group. In 2012, the Litigation Group's White Collar team represented former Senator and Presidential Candidate John Edwards on charges that he violated the Federal Elections Campaign Act. The trial started in April 2012 and ended on May 31, 2012, with a not guilty verdict on one count and a mistrial on five other counts. Abbe also currently represents U.S. Senator Robert Menendez.

In December 2012, the firm expanded its international arbitration practice with the hire of Mark Beckett, Rachel Thorn, and a team of lawyers from Latham & Watkins. The group has grown to more than 25 lawyers and handles matters throughout the world. It is currently representing Koch Minerals and Koch Nitrogen International in an ICSID arbitration involving the expropriation by Venezuela of a fertilizer plant and related offtake agreement, which is one of the first international investment treaty cases to consider the issue of whether an offtake agreement in connection with a project-financed project constitutes an "investment" under the Swiss-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty and ICSID Convention. In addition, the team is also representing Baymina Enerji, a subsidiary of France's GDF Suez, in a claim against Turkish state-owned pipeline company Botaş relating to a natural gas power plant in Ankara.

Chadbourne has bulked up geographically as well, opening offices in Istanbul and Dubai, and now turning its eye towards Latin America, with offices in São Paulo and Mexico City. Additional, Chadbourne crossed the Atlantic and opened a Johannesburg office in 2015.

IN THE NEWS

Ongoing
Defending a Sitting Senator

When US Senator Robert Menendez was indicted by the DOJ on April 2, 2015, it became one of the biggest news stories in the United States. Senator Menendez turned to Chadbourne to defend him. This is a significant and potentially precedent-setting case. The case represents the first major campaign corruption case since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which narrowed the constitutional definition of political corruption and made it harder for prosecutors to prove bribery. The case is currently on an interlocutory appeal to the Third Circuit, raising important questions of legislative immunity. 

February 2016
Let the Sunshine In

Chadbourne recently represented SolarCity in its sixth securitization, which closed in February 2016. Chadbourne has represented SolarCity in all six of its securitizations, including its first securitization in November 2013, which was the industry's very first securitization of distributed (rooftop) solar energy assets. Access to the securitization market has allowed SolarCity and the distributed solar generation industry as a whole to access an additional pool of capital to finance growth.

November 2015
Play Ball!

Chadbourne scored a major litigation victory on behalf of Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) in a long-running dispute with the Washington Nationals, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Commissioner. On November 4, 2015, New York Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Marks vacated a 2014 decision by an MLB arbitration panel that found that MASN owed the Nationals approximately US$20 million more per year for rights to broadcast the team's games.

July 2015
Lima Metro Linea Dos

Chadbourne represented the underwriters in a US$1.15 billion senior secured note offering to finance a portion of the construction costs of the second line of the Lima and Callao metro project in Peru. This is the largest ever bond offering supported by Peruvian government payment rights.

May 2015
Bethenny's Backers

Chadbourne's products liability team, as national counsel to Beam Suntory, successfully defeated each of the nine putative nationwide class actions brought in federal courts across the country by plaintiffs who claimed that the words "All Natural" on the product label for the "Skinnygirl Margarita" ready-to-drink cocktail product were false and misleading. In each of the nine cases, class certification was either denied, or the case was voluntarily dismissed, with no payment of damages.

Don't Mess With Texas

Chadbourne represented the lenders in connection with the US$11.5 billion senior debt financing for the Corpus Christi LNG Project. The Corpus Christi LNG Project is sponsored by affiliates of Cheniere Energy, Inc. and is located on the La Quinta Channel on the northeast side of Corpus Christi Bay in San Patricio County, Texas. The estimated total capital cost of the project is US$15.4 billion.

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Chadbourne & Parke LLP

1301 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 408-5100

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Andrew Giaccia
  • Hiring Partner: Marc Suskin
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 323

  • Employment Contact
    Lisa Featherson
    Director of Legal Personnel & Associate Recruiting
    (212) 408-5338
    recruiting@chadbourne.com

  • Base Salary
    Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Washington, DC
    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: pro-rated weekly salary of $180k

  • Summer Associate Offers
    14 out of 14 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust & Trade Regulation
    Arbitration & ADR
    Banking & Financial Services Litigation
    Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
    Capital Markets
    Climate Change
    Commercial Litigation
    Corporate
    Employment
    Energy
    Environmental
    Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
    Finance
    Insurance & Reinsurance
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    Latin America
    Life Settlement & Insurance Products
    Litigation
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Private Funds
    Pro Bono
    Products Liability Counseling & Defense
    Project Finance
    Project Finance Workout & Restructuring
    Real Estate
    Renewable Energy
    Securities Compliance
    Securities Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement
    Special Investigations & Litigation
    Tax
    Trusts & Estates

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Dubai
  • Istanbul
  • Johannesburg
  • London
  • Mexico City
  • Moscow
  • São Paulo
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