Crowell & Moring LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Early responsibility”
  • “Welcoming culture”
  • “Commitment to diversity”

Downers

  • “Transparency”
  • “Reduction in overall benefits”
  • “Bonus compensation”

About Crowell & Moring LLP

Crowell & Moring was founded in 1979 by a group of attorneys defecting from Jones Day to create "a different kind of law firm." When Jones Day tried to oust Eldon "Took" Crowell and his team of government contract lawyers, he left with a bang, taking with him a group of more than 50 attorneys-an event The Washington Post referred to as "The Split."

Broad Spectrum

Today, Crowell & Moring works in a wide range of practices, handling litigation, regulatory, arbitration and transactional matters for clients of all sizes, from major corporations to start-ups to private individuals. Crowell & Moring has advised on one of the world's largest telecommunications mergers, as well as represented governments and corporations in international arbitration matters. Based in Washington, DC, the firm has also set up shop in New York, Los Angeles, Orange County, London and Brussels. In 2009, the firm expanded into San Francisco by stealing away a 28-member litigation practice from Folger, Levin and Kahn, thus creating Crowell & Moring's San Francisco office.

More than just a law firm, Crowell houses C&M International, a subsidiary which provides international trade and investment consulting services.

From Bankruptcy to Government

The firm's litigation practice is active in federal, state and appellate courts, administrative tribunals and before arbitration panels throughout the US, Canada, Europe and South America. Among the firm's key cases was its representation of Enron Creditors Recovery Corporation in its suit against two global financial institutions; the case yielded the largest bankruptcy settlement in U.S. history at the time, valued at over $4 billion. More recently, the firm served as co-counsel for longstanding client DuPont, and won a civil lawsuit for $919.9 million in a trade secret theft case against Kolon Industries. The size of the award was one of the largest of its kind in defense of business processes and technologies.

Crowell & Moring also boasts a first-rate government contracts group, which has received a top ranking by Chambers USA since this ranking was established. The group has a 40-year history, managing contract formation issues and strategies, bid protests, contract interpretation and performance disputes, post-performance audits and fraud investigations.

In May 2017, Crowell & Moring played a hand in the world's largest investment in distributed ledger technology to date. The firm served as lead legal counsel to R3, a financial technology innovator. More than 40 financial institutions and other companies invested a combined $107 million in R3, including Intel, Barclays, Citi, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo.

Antitrust Advisors

Crowell & Moring's antitrust group has been continuously ranked among the top in the world by Global Competition Review and handles a variety of related work, including civil litigation and investigations; mergers and acquisitions; grand jury investigations and trials; and risk management. Some of the firm's notable cases have included several multibillion dollar transactions in the telecommunications industry, such as serving as an antitrust counsel for AT&T in its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile; representing AT&T in its $86 billion acquisition of BellSouth; advising SBC/Cingular Wireless in its $41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless; and counseling SBC in its $16 billion acquisition of AT&T Corp. Crowell & Moring antitrust clients include Alcoa, CSX Corporation, DuPont, Nestlé and United Technologies Corporation.

The group remains at the forefront of the most recent sophisticated transactions: successful clearance of United Technologies' $18.4 billion acquisition of Goodrich; representation of Coventry Health in its $5.7 billion sale to Aetna; and DuPont's $4.9 billion sale of its coatings business. Major results include multi-million dollar recoveries for clients like Oracle and Motorola who were victims of the DRAM and LCD price-fixing conspiracies and dismissal of antitrust claims against clients Kaiser Health, Yamaha, DuPont and Motorola.

IN THE NEWS

May 2017
Helping With A Historic FinTech Investment

Crowell & Moring served as lead legal counsel in an historic FinTech transaction that made news around the globe. The firm's client, R3, a financial technology company, conducted the largest investment to date in distributed ledger technology (DLT), an innovation that is quickly becoming the future of how financial services companies do business. The deal involves investments totaling $107 million from more than 40 global financial institutions and other companies across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Crowell & Moring has served as general outside counsel to R3 since its inception and played a key role in making this deal happen.

Getting Out Word: "What Trump Means for Business"

After the 2016 presidential election, Crowell & Moring produced major campaigns to deliver real-time analysis on the Trump administration's regulatory plans and their impact on business. Beginning with "First 100 Days," the series has now evolved into "Trump: the First Year," and features webinars, podcasts, and other thought on leadership from the firm's lawyers that work in a number of industries. The firm published its annual Regulatory Forecast in May, which was released as a special report: "What Trump Means for Business." The report previewed likely regulatory changes in healthcare, government contracts, antitrust, environment, cybersecurity, tax, trade, labor and employment, and consumer protection.

Top of Global Charts

Crowell & Moring's international dispute resolution, investigations and white collar, and antitrust teams were ranked in Global Arbitration Review's GAR 100, Global Investigations Review's GIR 100, and Global Competition Review's GCR 100, respectively. The firm's Antitrust Group was listed as "highly recommended" in the GCR 100's Washington DC, California, and New York categories, while the White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group was noted for its depth of government experience. Additionally, this is the International Dispute Resolution Group's sixth appearance in the GAR 100. The publications rank the top practices around the world and are considered leading journals in their areas.

February 2017
'Clients Are Asking Us To Take More Risk'

Angela Styles, chair of Crowell & Moring, spoke with Forbes about Crowell & Moring's origins, the values it has been built around, differentiation in the market, business development, the evolving client/firm relationship, and more. According to Styles, clients "are asking for firms to moderate the practice of law to fit their particular needs, whether that's how you litigate a case, how deep you dig into the research, or how you deal with your counseling relationship with them." Also as part of this "paradigm shift," Styles says, "clients are asking us to take more risk."

January 2017
Government Contracts, International Trade Lead The Way

Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts and International Trade groups were named to Law360's 2016 "Practice Groups of the Year" list for the seventh and second consecutive years, respectively. The series recognizes firms that achieve "victories in litigation and closed the big deals to make their mark among clients and throughout the legal industry." Law360 highlighted the firm's government contracts work in obtaining a landmark nine-figure judgment for a client in a breach of contract case against the U.S. Air Force, and its continued international trade successes in customs, trade remedies, and export controls.

November 2016
9 Clemency Wins Over 3 Administrations

Crowell & Moring has secured clemency for nine pro bono clients from the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations, the most recent being a commutation in November 2016. The firm has partnered with Families Against Mandatory Minimums for one of the largest pro bono efforts undertaken in U.S. history-Clemency Project 2014. In that year, the Department of Justice announced a plan to shorten sentences of non-violent, low-level offenders who, if sentenced today for the same offense, would have received a substantially lower sentence. As part of that effort, the firm helped win two client commutations in 2016.

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Crowell & Moring LLP

1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 624-2500

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: Angela B. Styles
  • Hiring Partner: Ryan Tisch
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 465

  • Base Salary
    All U.S. Offices
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: Merit-based
    Summer associate: $3,077/week 

  • Summer Associate Offers
    22 out of 22 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Advertising & Product Risk Management • Antitrust • Aviation • Bankruptcy • C&M International • Corporate Finance & Securities • Energy • Environment and Natural Resources • ERISA & Employee Benefits • Financial Services • Government Affairs • Government Contracts • Healthcare • Insurance/Reinsurance • Intellectual Property • International Dispute Resolution • International Trade • Labor & Employment • Litigation & Trial • Plaintiff’s Recovery • Privacy & Cybersecurity • Tax • Torts • Trade Associations • Trade Secrets • White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC (HQ) • Los Angeles, CA • New York, NY • Orange County, CA • San Francisco, CA Brussels • London