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
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.