Foley Hoag LLP at a Glance


  • “Interesting work”
  • “Humane hours”
  • “Kind, thoughtful people”


  • “Lack of diversity”
  • “Low pay compared to other large law firms”
  • “Ability to disengage from practice area once uninterested”

About Foley Hoag LLP

Hailing from the land of red socks and chowder, Foley Hoag has stayed close to its Boston roots. With only four locations-in Massachusetts, New York, DC, and Paris-the firm is smaller than many of its BigLaw competitors. But Foley Hoag has made a name for itself with its strong practice and progressive history.

Valuing Diversity

Foley Hoag began during the Second World War, when Henry Foley and Garrett Hoag set up shop in Boston in 1943. As the firm progressed, so did its commitment to diversity. In 1979 the late Charles J. Beard II was named partner at Foley Hoag, becoming the first African-American to be named partner in a Boston law firm, for which he was later honored in 2001 by the Boston Lawyers Group. Beard specialized in cable television regulation and business law and also served for many years on the firm's Hiring Committee and as the firm's marketing partner. In 1980, The Foley Hoag Foundation launched; it was the first-and remains the only-foundation established to focus exclusively on the improvement of race relations in Boston. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in grants to more than 300 organizations. The Foundation's mission has recently broadened to support programs addressing inequality in its various forms, including racial, ethnic and gender disparities in both Greater Boston and metropolitan Washington, DC.

Foley Hoag has also counted several barrier-breaking women among its partnership. Judge Sandra Lynch became the first female chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She was also the first woman to chair Foley's litigation department and helped defend W.R. Grace & Co. in its 1980s toxic tort suit (a case better known as the subject of A Civil Action). Another noteworthy Foley alumna is former partner Gloria Cordes Larson. Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts inaugurated Larson as its seventh president in July 2007-the college's first female president. At Foley, Larson co-chaired the government strategies group; she also led Governor Deval Patrick's business advisory cabinet and transition team during her tenure at the firm.

Pro Bono Presence

Foley Hoag's pro bono program has been a centerpiece of the firm since its representation of the plaintiffs in the 1970s lawsuit that brought desegregation to the Boston public schools. On average, pro bono projects total approximately five percent of the firm's total work, and firm attorneys regularly average over 100 hours each of pro bono annually, all of which count toward that all-important billable hour requirement. Foley Hoag's pro bono projects cover a wide range of topics, including political asylum, civil rights and fair housing.

While the firm is committed to pro bono, its core practices obviously drive the firm. Among its robust practice areas are litigation, environmental, intellectual property, corporate, bankruptcy, hedge funds, energy and international litigation and arbitration. The firm is also well known for its entrepreneurial services practice with its Boston headquarters located in the Seaport District, Boston's new "innovation district" and the center of the region's emerging companies and venture capital communities.

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Foley Hoag LLP

Seaport West
155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 832-1000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partners: Adam Kahn & Kenneth Leonetti
  • Recruiting Chair: Paul Sweeney
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 264

  • Base Salary
    Boston, MA; Washington, DC
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $185,000
    3rd year: $195,000
    Summer associate: $3,462 per week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    10 out of 10 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Bankruptcy & Restructuring • Business Crimes & Government Investigations • Corporate Finance & Securities • Corporate Social Responsibility • Energy, Technology & Renewables • Environmental Compliance Litigation • General Business Counseling • Government Strategies • Insurance Recovery • International Litigation & Arbitration • Investment Management • Labor & Employment • Licensing & Strategic Alliances • Life Sciences & Health Care • Mergers & Acquisitions • Patent Litigation • Patent Prosecution • Professional Liability Litigation • Real Estate / Land Use & Development • Securities Litigation • Tax • Technology • Trademark, Copyright & Unfair Competition

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA (HQ) • New York, NY • Washington, DC Paris