About Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Since 1899, Choate Hall & Stewart has remained a Boston firm through and through. Although smaller in number than their national competitors, Choate attorneys have remained competitive in their core practices of business and litigation law.

Keeping It Local

Once hailed by the Boston Business Journal as one of the best places to work in Beantown, Choate has become one of the largest firms in Massachusetts. In addition to business and litigation, the firm has developed practices in health care, real estate law, labor and employment law, government enforcement and wealth management, as well as notable intellectual property and technology practices.

In an era of megafirm expansion, Choate has dodged the advances of larger firms looking to merge and held off takeovers to stay in Boston. The firm says its strategy of maintaining its legal team under one roof allows it to "deliver seamless client service" unmatched by firms with a dozen offices around the U.S. The firm's client list-which encompasses national entities like Akamai, Bank of America, EMC, Fidelity, Shire and Summit Partners-may provide proof that its strategy has worked.

Choate Versus Megafirms

Perhaps seeking to shed some of the Boston Brahmin reputation it has collected over a century (the New York Times once called the firm "stuffy"), Choate lit up the legal blogosphere when it debuted a series of video spots designed to attract legal talent to the firm. The clips-covered by both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times-were spoofs on reality television shows and the Apple/PC ads, in which a frazzled, overworked attorney for a generic national "megafirm" learns of the advantages of working at a smaller, localized firm from his more collected counterpart from Choate. 

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Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Two International Place
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 248-5000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partners: William P. Gelnaw Jr., John A. Nadas
  • Total No. Attorneys 2012: 157

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    15 out of 15 (2012)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Acquisition Finance
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Appellate Litigation
    Asbestos Arbitration
    Bankruptcy & Restructuring
    Business & Technology
    Capital Markets
    Chapter 11
    Class Actions
    Collective Bargaining
    Cross-Border Transactions
    Distressed Assets & Debts
    Emerging Companies
    Energy & Clean-Tech
    Estate Administration
    Finance & Restructuring
    Financial Services Litigation
    Genetic Engineering
    Government Enforcement
    High Tech
    Insurance & Reinsurance
    Land Use
    Life Sciences
    Privacy & Data Security
    Private Equity
    Products Liability & Mass Torts
    Project Finance
    Public Utilities
    Real Estate
    Sexual Harassment
    White Collar Defense
    Wrongful Termination

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA