Choate Hall & Stewart LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Hours”
  • “Collegiality from being under one roof”
  • “Work is very interesting”

Downers

  • “Supply of junior associates is lower than demand”
  • “Lack of international offices”
  • “Billable requirements”

The Buzz

  • “Boston elite”
  • “Fantastic people”
  • “In flux”
  • “Regional”

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partners: Charles Cheever and William Gelnaw Jr.
  • Hiring Partners: John Nadas and Diana Lloyd
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 157

  • Base Salary
    1st Year: $180,000
    2nd Year: $190,000
    3rd Year: $210,000
    4th Year: $235,000
    5th Year: $260,000
    6th Year: $280,000
    Summer associate $3462/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    15 out of 15 (2Ls only) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Acquisition Finance • Alternative Dispute Resolution • Anti-Kickback • Antitrust • Appellate Litigation • Asbestos Arbitration • Bankruptcy & Restructuring • Business & Technology • Buyouts • Capital Markets • Chapter 11 • Class Actions • Clean-Tech • Collective Bargaining • Copyright • Criminal • Cross-Border Transactions • Discrimination • Distressed Assets & Debts • Emerging Companies • Employment • Energy & Clean-Tech • Entertainment • Environmental • Estate Administration • Finance & Restructuring • Financial Services Litigation • Foreclosure • Genetic Engineering • Government Enforcement • Healthcare • High Tech • Insurance & Reinsurance • Land Use • Life Sciences • Litigation • M&A • Patents • Privacy & Data Security • Private Equity • Products Liability & Mass Torts • Project Finance • Public Utilities • Real Estate • Securities • Sexual Harassment • Tax • Telecommunications • White Collar Defense • Wrongful Termination • Zoning

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA