Crowell & Moring LLP at a Glance


  • “Challenging work”
  • “Great colleagues”
  • “Great exposure to different areas of the law”


  • “Lack of junior associates”
  • “Low compensation with little explanation”
  • “Low staff-attorney ratio”

The Buzz

  • “At the top for Government Contracts”
  • “Innovative”
  • “Funky”
  • “Very DC”

About Crowell & Moring LLP

Crowell & Moring was founded in 1979 by a group of attorneys defecting from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, 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.

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.


February 2016
Gaining Recognition

Crowell & Moring LLP's Antitrust Group was recognized as "highly recommended" in Global Competition Review's (GCR) 16th edition of the "GCR 100: The World's Leading Competition Law and Economics Practices," in the Washington, D.C., New York, and California categories. GCR is the leading international journal of competition policy and regulation.

July 2015
Disputing Their Way to the Top

Crowell & Moring received two American Lawyer "Global Legal Awards" for "Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Litigation" and "Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year." The honors were given for Crowell & Moring's work in DuPont v. Kolon, one of the largest trade secrets case of its kind, and David. v. Signal, a pro bono case that was one of the largest human trafficking cases in history. The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division announced that it will not challenge AT&T's $48 billion acquisition of DIRECTV. Crowell & Moring served as lead antitrust counsel for AT&T in the matter.

November 2015
Kahn's in the Hall

Crowell & Moring's Michael Kahn, a San Francisco-based senior counsel in the firm's Commercial Litigation Group, was the recipient of the State Bar of California's 2015 "Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame" award. He was the only recipient of the award this year, which recognizes professionals who have excelled as trial lawyers, and whose careers exemplify the highest values and professional achievement. Kahn was honored at an awards ceremony on November 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco.

December 2015
Six Straight

Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group and International Trade Group were featured as Law360 "Practice Groups of the Year" for 2015. The annual awards recognize firms that came through for clients by sealing the biggest deals and securing wins in high-stakes litigation. This is the sixth consecutive year that the Government Contracts Group has been named to the list.

A Hankering for Talent and Innovation

Crowell & Moring received two awards in the Financial Times' "Most Innovative North American Law Firms 2015" special report. The firm received a first-place ranking in the "Talent Development" category for its Sponsorship Program, and also ranked first in the "Social Responsibility-Pro Bono Cases" category for its lead role in David v. Signal, in which a jury awarded more than $14 million to human trafficking victims. The firm was also noted as "Highly Commended" in the Talent Development category for the creation of its InnovationLab, an internal online tool for professional staff and lawyers to share their ideas on how to improve the firm as a business.

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Crowell & Moring LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Angela B. Styles
  • Hiring Attorney: Ryan Tisch
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 488

  • 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
    13 out of 14 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Advertising & Product Risk Management
    C&M International
    Corporate Finance & Securities
    Environment and Natural Resources
    ERISA & Employee Benefits
    Financial Services
    Government Affairs
    Government Contracts
    Intellectual Property
    International Dispute Resolution
    International Trade
    Labor & Employment
    Litigation & Trial
    Plaintiff’s Recovery
    Privacy & Cybersecurity
    Trade Associations
    Trade Secrets
    White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement

Major Office Locations

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