Crowell & Moring LLP at a Glance


  • “The pro bono opportunities”
  • “Friendly culture”
  • “Interesting work”


  • “Long hours”
  • “It isn't easy to get good in-court or deposition experiences outside of pro-bono cases.”
  • “I do not love that practice groups sit on different floors.”

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, or 2/3 of the firm's Washington attorneys-an event The Washington Post referred to as "The Split." The new firm specialized in negotiating large government contracts with corporations. Took Crowell was considered one of Washington's keenest experts on government contracts, and his clients included Boeing, United Technologies, Honeywell, IBM, Northrop, and Lockheed. Crowell served as chair of the firm until 1984. A decade later, Rosemary Collyer became chair for the firm and the first woman to lead a major Washington, DC law firm. She is now a senior judge on the District Court for District of Columbia and the Chief Justice of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

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 that 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.


April 2018

Crowell & Moring launched a Digital Transformation Practice to help corporations and entrepreneurs bring new innovations to market and their operations. The practice serves clients developing autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and robotics, 3D printing, digital health, Internet of Things, blockchain, and other technologies. The multidisciplinary team-including Crowell & Moring regulatory, litigation, privacy and cybersecurity, transactional, and intellectual property lawyers, technologists, and consultants-focuses on the full lifecycle of technology innovation. The practice consists of more than 40 core members and is led by a steering committee of 11 lawyers.

April 2018

Shari Ross Lahlou, co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group, was named Global Competition Review's 2018 "Litigator of the Year" in the publication's GCR Awards. Lahlou was one of eight finalists in the category that recognizes "a competition litigator whose superior technical skill, practical judgment and excellence in serving clients in court in 2017 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field." In 2017, Lahlou successfully defended on appeal two significant pre-trial wins and defeated class certification in a notable price-fixing multidistrict litigation. 

January 2018

Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group was again recognized as one of Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" for government contracts. The group's 2017 accomplishments included helping AT&T to secure a public-private partnership worth more than $45 billion and successfully defending a $17 billion Department of Defense health care contract award for Health Net. The group also played a major role in numerous acquisitions, including longtime client Hewlett Packard Enterprise's $8.5 billion merger with Computer Sciences Corp. to create a consolidated entity named DXC Technology.

December 2017

The Financial Times ranked Crowell & Moring 20th overall in its "Most Innovative North American Law Firms and Legal Service Providers 2017" report. The firm tied for second in the "Enabling Business Growth" category for its work in securing a historic FinTech investment and was recognized in the "Rule of Law and Access to Justice" category for its efforts in representing victims of terror. The report recognizes firms based on the originality of their legal work, the rationale behind their strategy, and the impact on the client's business.

July 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that Sudan must pay billions of dollars in damages to victims of 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and their families. The court cited Sudan's role in harboring and financing the Al-Qaeda terrorists who carried out the near simultaneous attacks. The ruling upheld much of a lower-court decision that was originally handed down in 2014. More than 200 people were killed in the explosions. Crowell & Moring represents the families of 11 Americans who died.

May 2017

Crowell & Moring advised financial technology innovator R3 in the world's largest investment in blockchain/distributed ledger technology (DLT) to date. More than 40 global financial institutions and companies from Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas contributed $107 million in the first two of three fundraising rounds. This financing deal will allow R3 to continue developing DLT solutions for the global financial services industry. Crowell & Moring partner Mitchell Rabinowitz received an American Lawyer "Dealmaker of the Year" honor for his leading role in the transaction.

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Crowell & Moring LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: Philip T. Inglima
  • Hiring Partners: Ryan Tisch and Chahira Solh
  • Total No. Attorneys 2018: 521

  • 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
    19 out of 20 (2Ls) (2018)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Advertising & Product Risk Management • Antitrust • Aviation • Bankruptcy • C&M International • Corporate Finance & Securities • Digital Transformation • Energy • Environment and Natural Resources • ERISA & Employee Benefits • Financial Services • Government Affairs • Government Contracts • Healthcare • Insurance/Reinsurance • Intellectual Property • International Dispute Resolution • International Trade • Investigations • 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