Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP at a Glance


  • “Great people to work for and with”
  • “Our clients are top notch”
  • “Responsive management”


  • “Clients demand a lot of attention”
  • “Long and unpredictable hours”
  • “Uneven distribution of work”

The Buzz

  • “Strong real estate practice”
  • “Tough negotiators”
  • “Lots of hours”

About Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

With approximately 450 attorneys, Fried Frank is hardly a behemoth, but the firm remains an international legal power that excels in corporate, litigation, real estate and tax work.

An Impressive Crew

Fried Frank traces its history to the turn of the twentieth century when a group of German-Jewish lawyers began practicing in New York City in the 1890s. In 1929 Walter J. Fried (pronounced "Freed") joined the firm as an associate who focused on real estate law. Fried practiced with the firm until his retirement in 1979. In the 1950s Fried was a pioneer in the movement to convert rental apartment buildings into co-ops owned by the residents. In 1943 Hans J. Frank joined the firm as an expert in international taxation. Frank had left Germany when Hitler's laws forbidding Jews to practice law had been enacted.

Growing from its roots in New York City's German-Jewish business community, the firm established itself in the nation's capital, opening a DC office in 1949. By 1971, name partners Walter Fried, Hans J. Frank, Sam Harris, Sargent Shriver, and Leslie Jacobson were all on the masthead. The partners had uniformly impressive resumes-with expertise ranging from tax to real estate to securities-and brought a dedication to civic causes. Sargent Shriver, for instance, is known for serving as the first director of the Peace Corps under President John F. Kennedy (who was his brother-in-law).

The Modern Fried Frank

Fried Frank is the go-to firm for a wide variety of clients and their most complex and challenging matters. With a geographic focus on the U.S. and Europe, Fried Frank has premier practices in the areas of private equity, asset management, real estate, leveraged finance, and capital markets. The addition of lateral partners in these key areas remains an ongoing strategic priority. Litigation is an important growth opportunity for the firm, with James ("Jamie") Wareham having joined in 2015 as head of the department. There has also been an aggressive effort to add talent in key practice areas to the London office under the leadership of Graham White, who joined in 2014 as head of the firm's Private Equity Practice in Europe and managing partner of the London office.


Stomp the Yards

Fried Frank acted as counsel to Related Companies in connection with numerous aspects of the development at Hudson Yards in Manhattan, including land use and zoning issues, ground leasing from the Metropolitan Transit Authority for the pavilion, retail podium, residential tower, and office and retail tower (the future site of the headquarters of Time Warner) and tax structuring for development. The Hudson Yards development project is the largest private real estate development in U.S. history.

December 2015
The Best or Nothing

Fried Frank obtained a significant IP litigation victory for Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz USA LLC when the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment of patent invalidity in favor of its clients in December 2015.

Right on Target

Fried Frank acted as counsel to CVS Health Corporation in its approximately US$1.9 billion acquisition of Target Corporation's pharmacy and clinic businesses. All new Target stores that offer pharmacy services will include a CVS/pharmacy. In addition, 79 Target clinic locations will be rebranded as MinuteClinic, and CVS Health will open up to 20 new clinics in Target stores within three years of the close of the transaction.

August 2015
Funding a Towering Deal

Fried Frank acted as counsel to SL Green Realty in the financing of its acquisition of Eleven Madison Avenue from The Sapir Organization and minority partner CIM Group for US$2.285 billion. The deal is the largest single-building transaction in New York City history. Eleven Madison Avenue, a 2.3 million-square-foot building, has tenants such as Sony, Yelp, William Morris Endeavor, and anchor tenant Credit Suisse.


July 2015
Humana After All

Fried Frank advised Humana Inc. in a complex US$37 billion merger with Aetna. Humana Inc. is a leading health and well-being company focused on making it easy for people to achieve their best health with clinical excellence through coordinated care. The merger brought together Humana's growing Medicare Advantage business with Aetna's diversified portfolio and commercial capabilities to create the second-largest managed care company in the United States.

April 2015
A Major Deal in the Information Age 

Fried Frank acted as counsel to Permira Funds and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in connection with their US$5.3 billion acquisition of Informatica Corporation, the world's number one independent provider of enterprise data integration software and services. This was the largest leveraged buyout announced in the first half of 2015. Permira, an international private equity firm, advises funds with a total committed capital of approximately €25b.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

One New York Plaza
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 859-8000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: David J. Greenwald
  • Hiring Partners: Michelle Gold (DC); Lisa Bebchick, Mark Hayek, Steven Steinman (New York)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 412

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY; Washington, DC
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    8th year: $315,000
    9th year: $325,000
    Summer associate: $7,500 semi-monthly

  • Summer Associate Offers
    47 out of 47  (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Aerospace & Defense • Antitrust & Competition • Asset Management • Bankruptcy & Restructuring • Capital Markets  • Corporate • Corporate Real Estate  • Derivatives • Energy and Energy Enforcement • Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits • Financial Services • Finance  • Government Contracts • Intellectual Property & Technology • International Arbitration • International Trade & Investment • Litigation • Mergers and Acquisitions  • Private Equity • Pro Bono • Real Estate • Securities Enforcement & Regulation • Tax • Trusts & Estates • White Collar Criminal Defense

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Washington, DC
  • London
  • Frankfurt
  • Paris