Dynamic Practice, Compelling Work
Fried Frank associates play an essential role in the Firm’s delivery of top-notch legal services to its clientbase, which comprises the world’s largest investment banks and financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and other multinational industry leaders. Working at a global law firm with offices in the world’s principal financial centers across three continents, associates at Fried Frank are continually involved in complex, high-profile matters involving the sophisticated cross-border work for which the Firm is well known. As vital members of the firm, Fried Frank associates are given a high level of responsibility and immersed in significant matters from their first day, with ample opportunity to interact with clients and work closely with partners.
Our attorneys strive for excellence. Chambers USA named 49 Fried Frank lawyers and 21 practice areas to its 2014 ranking of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Legal 500 2014 recognized 71 Fried Frank attorneys in 22 categories, garnering over 94 recognitions; and the Firm is consistently ranked in the Vault Law 100.
Fried Frank is one of the few firms that represent the full spectrum of M&A players, including leading corporations, private equity firms, investment banks and acquisitive hedge funds. Our team advises clients on their most challenging transactions, including joint ventures, restructurings, negotiated and hostile takeovers and mergers, and strategic investments.
Our litigators are some of the best in the field, and their expertise in general commercial litigation, enforcement and investigations, securities shareholder litigation, intellectual property, white-collar defense and corporate governance is widely recognized. The Firm’s award-winning real estate practice is unmatched in reputation and skill, and its lawyers consistently handle market-leading deals shaping the landscape of New York and Washington, DC real estate. Fried Frank is also highly regarded for its work on critical matters involving antitrust and competition, asset management, bankruptcy and restructuring, executive compensation and employee benefits, insurance, international trade and investment, and tax, among other areas of law.
Some of the Firm’s recent headline-grabbing work includes General Motors winning dismissal of securities litigation; Brookfield Property Partners to acquire Capital Automotive L.P., a portfolio company of DRA Advisors LLC, for US$4.283 Billion; Infineon Technologies to Acquire International Rectifier Corporation, a world leader in power management technology, for approximately US$3 billion; Thales Alenia Space France, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of communications satellites, wins US$14.3 million judgment in long running contract dispute; and Permira closes EU€5.3 billion Global Private Equity Fund; Merck Inc.’s agreement to sell its consumer care business to Bayer AG for US$14.2 billion and its divestiture of Sirna Therapeutics, Inc. to Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; MFI Holding Corporation’s, parent company of Michael Foods, Inc., US$2.45 billion sale to Post Holdings, Inc. from an investor group that includes affiliates of GS Capital Partners, affiliates of Thomas H. Lee Partners, and other investors including current management.
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Reigning Over Real Estate
Fried Frank’s real estate practice is consistently at the forefront of the largest and most complicated transactions and is unrivaled in both the scope of its work and the talent of its attorneys. Our real estate practice consistently ranks number one in Vault, Chambers USA and Legal 500 US and has received the Chambers USA Award for Excellence.
Associates specializing in real estate law learn from, and work with, the best in the industry. We represent our clients on complex matters involving the acquisition and disposition of single assets and portfolios, mortgage, mezzanine and construction financing on behalf of borrowers and lenders, land use, development and construction, leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants, distressed real estate and workouts, joint ventures, real estate investment trusts and real estate litigation.
Among the noteworthy transactions recently handled by the Fried Frank real estate team are Time Warner Inc.’s US$1.3 billion sale of its office condo unit at Time Warner Center and development and purchase of a new headquarters at 30 Hudson Yards; Citigroup Inc.’s long-term lease of, and headquarters relocation to, 388-390 Greenwich Street, one of the largest leases ever signed in Manhattan; Cornell University’s development of a US$2 billion Science and Technology Campus on Roosevelt Island; Google Inc.'s purchase of 111 Eighth Avenue, the largest commercial real estate purchase by a tenant in US history; Forest City Ratner's development of the US$4.9 billion Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn; and Related Companies' US$15 billion deal with the Metropolitan Transit Authority to develop the West Side Yards, the largest undeveloped single piece of property in Manhattan.
Fried Frank has long held a commitment to pro bono work and a strong sense of philanthropic responsibility. Our attorneys work with a variety of pro bono clients including veterans, non-citizens seeking asylum, microentrepreneurs, victims of domestic violence, artists seeking representation on intellectual property matters, indigent individuals accused of crimes and charter schools.
Fried Frank is widely acknowledged by both the legal and nonprofit communities for its pro bono efforts. Fried Frank was a recipient of the 2014 Beacon of Justice Award, an annual honor sponsored by The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) that recognizes law firms which devote significant time and resources to improve the lives of low-income individuals. Additionally, Immigration Equality honored Fried Frank with a Safe Haven Award at its 2014 awards ceremony. This year’s winners were selected from among the 40 law firms that devote more than US$15 million annually in legal services to Immigration Equality’s clients. Fried Frank was once again recognized among Washington, DC’s leading firms for pro bono service at the annual “40 at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast” that honors law firms at which at least 40% of all attorneys dedicated 50 or more hours in 2013 to providing free legal representation to individuals with limited financial resources or to charitable organizations. Longtime Fried Frank attorney Robert Juceam was honored by CUNY Citizenship NOW!, the largest university-based citizenship and immigration law service provided in the nation. Mr. Juceam was recognized as a Champion for his continued work on behalf of immigrants. Litigation special counsel Jennifer Colyer is the recipient of the 2014 Pro Bono Liaison Award presented by Her Justice, recognizing her as one of the organization’s most active and supportive law firm liaisons. The Firm was selected as one of Law360’s “Pro Bono Firms of 2013” and awarded the The Washington Council of Lawyers’ 2013 Law Firm Award for its commitment to pro bono service.
Fried Frank litigation associates have the opportunity to extern at Her Justice as staff attorneys in its New York headquarters. Her Justice is dedicated to providing legal services to low-income women and victims of domestic violence and other crimes in the areas of matrimonial, family and immigration law. Participants can expect to garner significant litigation experience, including motion practice and trial practice, during the externship.
Fried Frank also offers two unique fellowship opportunities for select junior-level attorneys. Fellows spend two years working in Fried Frank’s litigation department followed by two years with either the NAACP Legal Defense or Education Fund, Inc. (LDF) or the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Many of our fellows choose to return to Fried Frank after their fellowships, and several of our prior fellows can be found in high-level positions at LDF and MALDEF.
Fried Frank regularly makes secondment arrangements with clients whereby associates are assigned to work in-house with a Firm client for a fixed period of time, usually 6 to 12 months. This arrangement offers lawyers an extraordinary platform through which they can improve their legal skills, enhance their relationships with clients and gain a new perspective on legal practice. Fried Frank associates have been seconded to a variety of institutions ranging from premier investment banks to Fortune 100 companies.
Fried Frank firmly believes that the individual success of our attorneys is directly correlated to the overall success of the Firm. To advance this effort, the Firm maintains an administrative department dedicated to assisting and promoting our attorneys’ continued professional development through substantive training programs, maintenance of a comprehensive evaluation system, and general day-to-day legal practice support.
The Attorney Development department develops, implements and monitors the professional training programs and continuing legal education needs of the Firm’s attorneys. Training at Fried Frank consists of both Firmwide cross-departmental training programs focused on improving our attorneys’ general professional skills and department-specific training programs focusing on individual practice needs. We offer approximately 200 internal and external training programs each year.
The Fried Frank Partner Advisor Program is designed to provide a formal mentoring structure whereby partners can further provide the support and guidance associates need to maximize their potential. Participation in the Partner Advisor Program is open to all associates at the Firm. Shortly after starting at the firm, first year associates participate in partner-led mentoring circles and meet monthly to discuss chapters of books assigned by practice area.The Firm also offers an Associate Advisor Program designed to personalize the Fried Frank experience for new associates and provide continuing support.
Each Fried Frank office has a dedicated Associates Committee committed to enhancing associate life at the Firm. Associate Committee meetings are generally open to all associates and provide an opportunity for the leadership of the Firm to seek input from associates on key issues ranging from Firm events and initiatives to work environment and transparency.
Fried Frank offers a variety of activities and programs to associates – many of which have been initiated by Fried Frank lawyers themselves. A sampling of activities includes: Fried Frank “Fit Club,” sports teams (softball, basketball, football, yoga, tennis), a monthly “Jeans for Charity” fundraiser and yearly participation in the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge, Lawyers Have Heart and AIDS Walk.
A Firm of Inclusion
With an independent department dedicated exclusively to Firm diversity initiatives, Fried Frank is committed to ensuring the Firm is a place of inclusion where all attorneys can thrive and reach their full potential. Our Director of Attorney Development and Diversity leads our efforts to recommend strategies to prevent discrimination and other barriers to meaningful inclusion and integration of all attorneys and staff. He meets regularly with diverse attorneys to discuss career development strategies, and oversees and assesses the effectiveness of all Firm mentoring programs, diligently seeking to be aware of and address issues of concern to individual attorneys.
Fried Frank’s Diversity Committee provides a forum for identifying, discussing and prioritizing diversity issues, as well as for developing and supporting related proposals and initiatives. Several areas of focus include:
- Recruitment and Retention of diverse attorneys
- Recruitment for our Fellowship Program with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Business Development and Marketing
- Professional Development, Mentoring and Sponsorships
- Work/Life Balance
Diversity is a standard principle at Fried Frank. Support comes from the top—minorities and women are valuable leaders and decision-makers at the Firm. We support initiatives and affinity groups focused on attorneys of color, women attorneys and LGBT attorneys, including the Attorney of Color Affinity Group, the LGBT Affinity Group and the Women’s Forum. Fried Frank’s Washington, DC and New York offices also participate in the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) career program, which places diverse students in law firms for summer internships prior to the students’ first year of law school. Our New York office also participates in the New York City Bar Association Diversity Fellowship Program, which places first-year law students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession in first-year summer associate positions with participating law firms and corporations.
We are proud of the public recognition of our inclusive culture. Fried Frank has been recognized for seven consecutive years by the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, achieving a top rating of 100 percent in reflection of our policies and practices protecting LGBT employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, diversity training, and health care and domestic partnership benefits.
Our diversity efforts extend beyond the Firm to the pipeline necessary to foster meaningful diversity in the legal profession. Through the Fried Frank Pre-Law Scholars Program, we partner with Hunter College to prepare pre-law focused college students of diverse backgrounds for the LSAT and a successful legal education. We also work with Just the Beginning Foundation to expose DC-area middle and high school students to the legal profession, and sponsor the Minority Law Research Institute, a two-week immersive program held at The Law Center at Southern University and A&M College, designed to motivate and expose minority high school students to consider careers in the field of law.