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


  • “Many training and growth opportunities”
  • “Friendly culture”
  • “Pro bono commitment”


  • “Hours requirement for bonus”
  • “Career path murky”
  • “Unpredictable hours/schedule”

The Buzz

  • “Great for real estate”
  • “Strong reputation in funds”
  • “NYC”
  • “Departures

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. Growing from its roots in New York City's German-Jewish business community, the firm went on to establish 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.

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.

The (in)Famous Boesky Case

Unlike many of its rivals in the post-WWII era, Fried Frank grew without the support of a few major legacy clients. Instead, the firm worked on a case-by-case basis, representing the likes of Getty Oil, General Electric, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. In the 1980s, the firm earned household-name status with its representation of Ivan Boesky-former Fried Frank partner Harvey Pitt, who was later appointed Chairman of the SEC, was by Boesky's side as he pleaded guilty to the SEC's insider trading charges.



Investigation Experts
Fried Frank represents Joe Gregory, the long-serving former President of Lehman Brothers, in all of the civil litigation-including some ongoing matters-arising out of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, including consolidated class actions and MDL litigation. Fried Frank also represents Mr. Gregory in the SEC, U.S. Attorney's Office and Attorney General investigations stemming from the collapse.

February 2015

IPO Served With Sizzle
Fried Frank acted as counsel to J.P. Morgan Securities and Morgan Stanley & Co., as representatives of the several underwriters in Shake Shack Inc.'s US$120 million initial public offering of common stock. The burger chain, which opened in 2004, has locations throughout the U.S. and international licensed Shacks in such locations as London, Istanbul and Dubai. The shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "SHAK."

October 2014

Lap of Luxury
Fried Frank served as co-counsel to Anbang Insurance Group Co. Ltd. in its agreement to purchase the Waldorf Astoria New York from Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. for US$1.95 billion. It is the largest deal ever by a Chinese investor for an American building, according to The New York Times.

August 2014

Fueled Up
Fried Frank is counsel to Brookfield Property Partners, along with its institutional partners, in its US$4.283 billion acquisition of Capital Automotive L.P., a portfolio company of DRA Advisors LLC.

July 2014

Fried Frank acted as counsel to KKR in its US$700 million refinancing of the entire capital structure of Preferred Sands, a leading supplier of frac sand in the United States and Canada.

April 2014

All that Glitters is Goldman
Fried Frank acted as counsel to Goldman Sachs in the formation of Broad Street Real Estate Credit Partners II, LP and affiliated entities. The fund held its final closing in April 2014 with total commitments of approximately US$1.8 billion.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

One New York Plaza
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 859-8000
Vault ID: 390


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair: David J. Greenwald
  • Hiring Partners: Michelle Gold (DC); David Hennes, Steven Steinman (New York)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 414

  • Employment Contact
    New York, NY
    Nancy J. Parker
    Director of Attorney Recruitment
    Phone: (212) 859-8621

    Washington, DC
    Megan Lesser
    Attorney Recruitment & Development Manager
    Phone: (202) 639-7389

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY and Washington, DC
    1st year:  $160,000
    2nd year:  $170,000
    3rd year:  $185,000
    4th year:  $210,000
    5th year:  $230,000
    6th year:  $250,000
    7th year:  $265,000
    8th year:  $280,000
    Summer associate:  $3,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    40 out of 40 (2014)

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

Major Office Locations

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