Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP at a Glance


  • “Entrepreneurial”
  • “Supportive culture to grow”
  • “Early client contact and responsibility”


  • “Transparency on billable hours targets”
  • “Hours”
  • “Can be overwhelming”

About Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Frustrated with stodgy conventional methods of BigLaw management, 24 attorneys struck out on their own in 1974 to form Katten Muchin Zavis in the Windy City. With an emphasis on supporting an entrepreneurial and innovative culture that remains today, the firm built up its presence in Chicago for a decade and a half before eventually branching out to Los Angeles, Washington, DC and New York-all during a very busy 1989. Thirteen years later, Katten joined forces with venerable Manhattan firm Rosenman & Colin LLP, bolstering its New York and DC offices and adding new digs in Charlotte. The firm has continued to expand by opening Los Angeles-Downtown and San Francisco Bay Area offices in 2011 and 2012, respectively, and Austin and Houston offices in 2012 through 2013.The firm has also expanded across the pond to London through a strategic alliance as well as to Shanghai, but has thus far resisted following the BigLaw trend of growing at an exponential rate.

Reaching Out

Katten's merger with Rosenman & Colin created a firm with national reach, with both firms bringing complementary strengths to the table. Though each firm boasted strong entertainment and media law credentials, Katten provided a West Coast presence and prowess in such practices as intellectual property, while Rosenman & Colin brought finance expertise and nearly a century of New York networking and rep-making. The combined firm dropped the 'Zavis' from its letterhead in 2005, the same year it staked out ground in London to serve its financial services clientele via affiliate Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP. While Katten has been active in the Chinese market for years, in February of 2012, the firm sought to significantly expand its existing practice by opening an office in Shanghai.

As for practice scope, Katten attorneys focus on everything from antitrust to environmental law and employment law to tax. The firm's core areas include corporate, financial services, litigation, real estate, commercial finance, intellectual property and trusts and estates. Katten serves the elite-including a third of the Fortune 100-as well as small entrepreneurs, government entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals. The firm also boasts a robust pro bono practice and prides itself on being one of the first large law firms to employ a partner to run the pro bono program on a full-time basis. The firm works with over twenty organizations across the country on pro bono matters.

Home Sweet Home

Katten has maintained a strong presence in its home markets. In Chicago, Katten has advised on everything from selling skyscrapers to headline-grabbing litigation to counseling the city's transit authority on the issuance of more than $400 million in bonds to help fund renovations along three commuter train lines. Over in the Big Apple, partner Joshua Rubenstein co-helms an elite national trusts and estates practice. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Katten lawyers have gone native by advising entertainment industry clients and representing shopping malls. DC-based attorneys work closely with clients on corporate and litigation matters in areas including aviation, environmental and securities law.


May 2017 
Hola Puerto Rico

Bankruptcy Lawyer Craig Barbarosh spoke to the Associated Press regarding Puerto Rico's historic bankruptcy, explaining that insolvency on such a large scale is a long process. The story were featured prominently in several major newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Miami Herald, as well as on TV and radio. "Think about it as a marathon," said Barbarosh, "Today is the beginning of mile 1. A lot can and will happen." Barbarosh was also featured in a story in the Wall Street Journal on the same topic.

April 2017
Moving On Up

As profiled in The American Lawyer, Winston & Strawn partners James Normile, William Dudine and Patricia Mollica are now members of Katten's government and public finance group. Winston & Strawn of counsel Alexander Deland and associate Catriona Morgan have also joined Katten as special counsel in New York. "We are really excited to be here at Katten," Normile said. With the move, Normile has left the office at 200 Park Avenue that he occupied for more than 30 years and moved several blocks north to Katten's midtown Manhattan headquarters.

March 2017
Chemical Safety Board

Mark Farley spoke about a White House proposal to remove the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) in an article in Bloomberg BNA. It was noted that while the final outcome is unclear, the budget proposal will most likely result in cuts to the CSB rather than elimination. Mark said, "They simply are trying to come up with the dollars to pay for increased spending elsewhere."

February 2017
Intel Auto Tech

Kimberly Smith discussed how valuations for companies in the autonomous driving industry are high, especially given Intel Corp.'s recent $15.3 billion purchase of an automotive technology company in a Law360 article. In relation to the Intel deal, she said, "Seeing such a huge sticker price attached to a deal in an emerging market can bring confidence and spur investment from other players. It grabs people's attention. It causes them to ask a lot of questions: 'What do they know that we don't? What are we missing and how do we get a piece of the pie?'"

Flash Boys

Lance Zinman was featured in an article in the Financial Times about the upcoming changes to access for European exchanges by US high-frequency trading firms under Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). MiFID II is set to be implemented in early January 2018, meaning that US companies would have to file applications with EU regulators by June. Lance noted that "companies need to stick to the timeline."

January 2017
You Know What's Cool? A Billion Dollars.

Katten was profiled by Bloomberg for representing UBS Private Funds Group in its $1 billion closing of Gamut Capital Management's debut fund, which exceeded its $750 million estimate.Law360 also highlighted all of the Katten PE team members-Noah Leichtling, Jill Darrow, Walter Weinberg, Chris Hennion, Saul Rudo-who worked on the Gamut Capital closing.

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

525 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 902-5200


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Roger Furey
  • Hiring Partners: Stacey Knight (Los Angeles), Seth Messner (DC), Kristin Achterhof (National Hiring Partner); Richard Farley (Charlotte), Dan Huffenus (Charlotte), David Crichlow (New York), Craig Barbarosh (Orange County), Lily Chinn (Oakland), Peter Sugden (London), Mark Farley (Austin & Houston), Bruce Kosub (Irving)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 654

  • Base Salary

    Austin; Chicago; Houston; LA; NY; 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: Determined on case by case basis
    Summer associate: $3,462/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    15 out of 18 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Advertising, Marketing and Promotions • Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation • Aviation • China • Commercial Finance • Corporate • Corporate Governance • Electronic Discovery and Information Governance • Entertainment & Media • Environmental and Workplace Safety • Financial Services • Financial Services Litigation • Government and Public Finance • Health Care • Insolvency and Restructuring • Insurance and Health Care Fraud Litigation • Intellectual Property • Litigation and Dispute Resolution • Patent Litigation • Privacy, Data and Cybersecurity • Private Client Services • Real Estate • Real Estate Equity and Investments • Real Estate Finance • Securities • Securities Litigation and Enforcement • Sports and Sports Facilities • Structured Finance and Securitization • Tax Planning • Technology • Trusts and Estates • White Collar, Investigations and Compliance

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL (HQ) • Austin, TX • Charlotte, NC • Houston, TX • Irving, TX • Los Angeles, CA (Century City and Downtown) • New York, NY • Oakland, CA • Orange County, CA • Washington, DC London • Shanghai