Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP at a Glance


  • “Great clients”
  • “Nice, intelligent people”
  • “Compensation”


  • “Lack of training”
  • “Outdated technology”
  • “Lack of transparency”

The Buzz

  • “Great culture”
  • “Good Chicago presence”
  • “Hardcore”
  • “Unfriendly”

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 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 2016
ABA Accolade

Katten was selected by the American Bar Association for its 2016 Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. The ABA recognized Katten for its innovative work in establishing the Katten Legal Clinic at José de Diego Community Academy, the first legal clinic located in a Chicago Public School. The Clinic provides assistance with basic legal issues to members of the school community and surrounding neighborhood. Since its launch in 2013, the Katten Legal Clinic, with support from LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago), operating one evening each month, has provided legal assistance to nearly 200 people. Last year alone, Katten attorneys and staff provided more than 800 hours of pro bono legal services, including extended representation of many Clinic clients.

April 2016
A Wireless World

Katten attorneys represented Penta Mezzanine Fund in its investment in Simplifi Wireless Group, a developer of in-building wireless systems across the United States. Penta is a private investment firm that provides customized growth capital solutions to profitable, lower-middle market companies nationwide. Penta selected Simplifi based on its more than 140 combined years of experience in the telecommunications industry and the potential to expand its full-spectrum offers-financing, engineering, construction, and management-to commercial office buildings, hospitals, colleges and universities, hotels, convention centers, shopping malls, and sporting venues nationwide.

Taking Stock

Katten successfully won a dismissal of a proposed class action alleging that Philadelphia Stock Exchange market makers had conspired with the Exchange against smaller, non-member options traders. The complaint was originally filed in February 2015 by lead investor I. Stephen Rabin against the Exchange and unidentified member firms. It was later updated to name more than 12 trading firms, including Katten's clients.

March 2016
Legal Diversity Pathfinders

Katten Corporate attorneys Sirisha Bendapudi and Austin Leach were selected as 2016 Pathfinders for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). The Pathfinder Program, a new program designed by the LCLD, trains early career attorneys in critical career development strategies, including leadership and network development. Both Bendapudi and Leach are associates in Katten's Corporate practice. Bendapudi, who is based in Chicago, concentrates her practice in corporate matters, with an emphasis on health care transactions. Leach focuses his practice on general corporate matters out of Katten's New York office.

February 2016
The Hurt Locker

Katten obtained a landmark ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of The Hurt Locker filmmakers and distributors. The lawsuit was filed by Master Sergeant Jeffrey S. Sarver, an Iraqi war bomb disposal expert, who argued that the main character of The Hurt Locker was based on his life, infringing his publicity rights and defaming him. The court recognized the movie's content as protected by the First Amendment, ruling, "The Hurt Locker is speech that is fully protected by the First Amendment, which safeguards the storytellers and artists who take the raw materials of life-including the stories of real individuals, ordinary or extraordinary-and transform them into art, be it articles, books, movies, or plays."

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

525 West Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60661-3693
Phone: (312) 902-5200


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Vincent A.F. Sergi
  • Hiring Partners: Stacey Knight (Los Angeles), Seth Messner (DC), Kristin Achterhof (Chicago); 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 2016: 634

  • Base Salary

    Austin; Chicago; Houston; Los Angeles; New York; 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
    Summer Associates: $3,461/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    27 out of 31 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Commercial Finance
    Corporate Governance
    Customs & International Trade
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Entertainment & Media
    Fashion Law
    Financial Services
    Health Care
    Insolvency & Restructuring
    Insurance & Risk Management
    Intellectual Property
    Litigation & Dispute Resolution
    Private Equity
    Public Finance
    Real Estate
    Sports Law & Sports Facilities
    Structured Finance & Securitization
    Trusts & Estates
    White Collar Criminal & Civil Litigation

Major Office Locations

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