Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP at a Glance


  • “A great work/life balance and the freedom to grow at the firm”
  • “Great culture, attorneys are friendly and always willing to help out”
  • “Lots of responsibility very early on”


  • “Salary and bonuses”
  • “Opaque decision-making”
  • “Getting support staff is challenging”

About Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Editor's note:  In January 2015 Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP and Locke Lord  merged under the Locke Lord name.  The information herein pertains to the pre-merger Edwards Wildman Palmer.


Edwards Wildman Palmer was born of a 2011 merger between 500 attorney-strong, Boston-based firm Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge LLP and the smaller, Chicago-centric Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP. The result of the merger is a 576-attorney firm with offices throughout the U.S. as well as across the pond in the U.K., Istanbul, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Angels of Boston

Beantown lawyers at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge were strong in insurance practice, financial services, litigation and corporate law. The firm, formerly known as Edwards & Angell, merged with fellow Boston-based firm Palmer & Dodge in 2005, creating EAPD and amplifying the firm's life sciences and technology practices in the process.

EAPD's sizeable M&A team handled international deals and represented clients such as Citizens Bank, Bank of America, Sovereign Bank and ING Capital. EAPD also fronted the acquisition of several communications companies for Time Warner Cable. Based on the sheer number of its private equity and venture capital deals, EAPD ranked as one of the "most active" law firms by Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst.

Wacker Drive Goes Hollywood

Wildman Harrold-co-founded by legendary Chicago trial lawyer Max Wildman (known in the federal court circuit as "the Great One") in 1967. The firm was known primarily for its strength in litigation-particularly in venture capital and private equity cases-but also touted corporate, real estate, labor and government affairs divisions. The Chicago-based firm, which also had a small eight-lawyer attorney hub in sunnier Beverly Hills, represented clients like Motorola, CNA, Honeywell, DuPont and Toys R Us as well as dozens of private equity funds. Through its southern California location, the firm garnered entertainment giants like MGM studios and Paramount Pictures as clients.

A New Start

Officially merged in the fall of 2011, Edwards Wildman Palmer represents Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 clients, as well as nonprofits and government agencies. According to U.S. News, the firm is nationally top-tier in intellectual property, and a close second in several litigation categories, as well as corporate, private equity and patent law. 

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Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

111 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02199
Phone: (617) 239-0100
Fax: (617) 227-4420


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Robert Shuftan
  • Hiring Partners: Sarah Camougis and Jonathan Young
  • Total No. Attorneys 2013: 576

  • Base Salary
    Boston, Chicago and New York
    1st year: $145,000
    Summer associate: $2,788/week Providence
    1st year: $125,000
    Summer associate: $2,403/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    11 out of 12 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust/Competition Law
    Business Law
    Cross Border
    Debt Finance & Capital markets
    Insurance & Reinsurance
    Intellectual Property
    Labor & Employment
    Privacy & Data Protection
    Private Client
    Public Finance
    Public Policy & Government Relations
    Real Estate
    Restructuring & Insolvency
    Tax, Benefits & Compensation

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Orange County, CA
  • Hartford, CT
  • Stamford, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Miami, FL
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Boston, MA
  • Morristown, NJ
  • New York, NY
  • Providence, RI
  • Hong Kong
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • London, United Kingdom
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