Chadbourne & Parke LLP at a Glance


  • “Fairly relaxed atmosphere”
  • “The friends I've made”
  • “Beautiful brand new offices”


  • “No 401(k) matching”
  • “Technology”
  • “Departmental politics”

The Buzz

  • “Solid”
  • “Great culture”
  • “Disintegrating”
  • “Ditzy”

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.  


April 2015

Breaking Records in Argentina

Chadbourne represented YPF S.A., Argentina's largest oil and gas company, in a landmark US$1.5 billion global bond offering, the largest issuance of corporate bonds in Argentina's history. This is the third corporate bond offering Chadbourne has handled for YPF in the last year, totaling US$3 billion.

Looking for the Truth

A Chadbourne litigation team is defending U.S. Senator Robert Menendez in a high-profile campaign corruption case brought by the Federal Government. The Federal Government has indicted a sitting senator for the first time in a generation, and 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.

March 2015

Wind Farm Win

Chadbourne represented the lenders on the financing of the Block Island Wind Farm, the first utility-scale offshore wind farm in the United States. The Block Island Wind Farm is a 30 MW project off the coast of Rhode Island. The project will consist of some of the largest turbines to be used in the United States and will generate over 125,000 MWh annually, enough to power over 17,000 homes. Power will be exported to the mainland electric grid via the 21-mile, bi-directional Block Island Transmission System, a submarine cable proposed to make landfall in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Powering Up in the Middle East

Chadbourne advised the Rabigh Arabian Water and Electricity Company and sponsors in relation to the US$776 million financing of the expansion of its independent water steam and power plant located on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia. The Rabigh IWSPP is the utilities provider (power, water and steam) to one of the largest petrochemical complexes in the Gulf region, the Rabigh Complex. On completion of the expansion project, the facility will provide an additional 2270 t/hr of water, 1015 t/hr of steam and 160 MW of electric power.

February 2015

Moving Peru Forward

Chadbourne represented Graña y Montero and Ferrovías Participaciones, as sponsors, in connection with the international offering of S/.629.0 million (US$200 million) in senior secured VAC-indexed notes to finance Line 1 of the Lima Metro project in Peru. The offering represents the first Peruvian bond offering in 2015 related to the country's comprehensive infrastructure build-out plan, which has developed steadily over the last few years, with several more initiatives in the pipeline.

November 2014

Landmark Construction Finance

Chadbourne represented the lenders on the US$4.025 billion financing of Train Two of the Freeport LNG liquefaction and export project at Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas. The Freeport LNG liquefaction project is an approximately US$11 billion project, making it the largest fully non-recourse construction financing project ever. The firm also represented lenders on the US$3.7 billion financing of Train Three of the LNG facility in April 2015.

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Chadbourne & Parke LLP

1301 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 408-5100
Fax: (212) 541-5369


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Andrew Giaccia
  • Hiring Partner: Andrew Rosenblatt
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 412

  • Employment Contact
    Lisa Featherson
    Director of Legal Personnel & Associate Recruiting
    Phone: (212) 408-5338

  • Base Salary
    Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Washington, DC
    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: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    12 out of 13 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Accountants’ Liability Litigation
    Antitrust & Trade Regulation
    Arbitration & ADR
    Banking & Financial Services Litigation
    Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
    Capital Markets
    Climate Change
    Commercial Litigation
    Corporate Governance
    Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
    Insurance & Reinsurance
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    Latin America
    Life Settlement & Insurance Products
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Political Risk
    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
    Telecom, Media & Technology
    Trusts & Estates

Major Office Locations

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