Crowell & Moring LLP at a Glance


  • “It's the opposite of the stereotypical fratty firm”
  • “Real part-time options”
  • “Fortune 100 clients”


  • “No transparency”
  • “Compensation/bonus discrepancies”
  • “Billable target”

The Buzz

  • “Good international arbitration practice”
  • “Great in DC”
  • “Brutal hours”
  • “Doesn't pay market”

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. It has also expanded its ability to advise clients doing business in the Middle East and North Africa by operating in collaboration with Hegazy & Associates, a leading Egyptian law firm based in Cairo. The firm also operates in Saudi Arabia through a strategic alliance with Al Enizy & Associates, based in Riyadh.

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. 


March 2014

False Claim Dismissed
After a six-day trial, a California federal jury unanimously found in favor of Crowell & Moring client, Lockheed Martin Corporation, in a qui tam suit under the civil False Claims Act in which the plaintiff (a former Lockheed employee) alleged fraudulent underbidding on a contract for the development of a system to standardize and automate the eastern and western ranges used for launching rockets from Vandenberg Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral.

November 2013

Award Winning Practice Areas
Crowell & Moring was recognized as "Highly Recommended" in Global Competition Review's (GCR) 14th edition of the "GCR 100: The World's Leading Competition Practices," in the categories of "United States: Government Antitrust" and "United States: New York." This honor came on the heels of two matters handled by the firm being selected as finalists for the third annual GCR Awards.  GCR is the leading international journal of competition policy and regulation. Additionally, Crowell & Moring was named as a "FCPA Powerhouse" and named to the list of "Government Contracts Practice Groups of the Year" by Law360.

August 2013

Notable Sponsorship Initiative
For the second year in a row, Crowell & Moring was named by Working Mother magazine as one of the 2013 Working Mother & National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) Flex-Time Lawyers LLC "50 Best Law Firms for Women." With regard to Crowell & Moring, the editors specifically noted the firm's leadership in implementing a sponsorship initiative.  Firms are recognized for their commitment to the retention and advancement of women in law firms.

July 2013

Expanding Expertise
Crowell & Moring bolstered its national Energy Group by adding a nine-member Washington, DC-based energy team in July and three partners in California in March 2014. The new attorneys' experience includes comprehensive understanding of energy markets, corporate transactions and federal and state regulations. The firm's Government Contracts Group had three new partner arrivals, including two partners in California and a highly regarded cybersecurity attorney in Washington, DC.  The firm also announced the return of intellectual property partner Teresa Ray from the United States Patent and Trademark Office where she was the former acting and deputy director of and acting and deputy undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property.

June 2013

Pro Bono Powerhouse
Crowell & Moring continues to be recognized for its commitment and leadership in pro bono service.  Among several recognitions in 2013, the firm was honored as one of two "Pro Bono Firms of the Year" by the D.C. Bar Association and was named by the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV Leap) as the "Leap for Justice: Firm of the Decade."  The firm's extensive pro bono work recently included successfully representing a woman sentenced to life in prison in petitioning President Obama to commute her sentence to time served.  Stephanie George was one of eight people whose sentences were commuted by President Obama, bringing the total number of commutations issued by the president during his time in office to nine.  

Innovators, Litigators and More
Crowell & Moring was recognized for excellence in litigation by The  National Law Journal as Washington, DC's "General Civil Litigation Department of the Year."  The award highlights Crowell & Moring's 350 litigators and the firm's "three-pronged competitive approach to litigation that emphasizes a thorough understanding of clients' industries; the use of alternative billing strategies; and the development of a deep bench of trial and appellate lawyers." The firm was also recognized by Financial Times in the publication's "U.S. Innovative Lawyers 2013" report, in which the firm ranked 19th among the "FT 40: U.S. Law Firm Innovators 2013." The firm achieved commended status in the "Litigation and Dispute Resolution;" "Business of Law" and "Lawyers to the Innovators" categories.

January 2013

Litigation Leaders
Crowell & Moring LLP published "Litigation Forecast: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know in the Coming Year." The 2013 report explores critical litigation issues, provides concise, forward-looking perspectives on trends affecting a wide range of companies and identifies cases to watch in 10 areas of law.  The 2014 report was expanded to include 12 areas of law and three areas of industry focus.

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Crowell & Moring LLP

1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595
Phone: (202) 624-2500
Fax: (202) 628-5116


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Kent A. Gardiner
  • Hiring Attorney: Jennifer Waters
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 501

  • Employment Contact
    Torey P. Phillips
    Director, Attorney Recruiting & Development
    Phone: (202) 624-2771
    Fax: (202) 628-5116

  • Base Salary
    All U.S. Offices
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    11 out of 12 (2013)

  • 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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