Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP at a Glance


  • “Sincere partnership”
  • “Strong client base”
  • “Friendly, collaborative environment”


  • “No one likes going to work on Saturday”
  • “The billable hour requirement”
  • “Lack of transparency about compensation”

The Buzz

  • “Cool entertainment and IP practice”
  • “Growing litigation department”
  • “Financially conservative”
  • “Just OK”

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.


November 2013

The Real Deal in Real Estate
Katten was named "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate as part of the 2014 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" ranking, based on a rigorous evaluation process that included the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields and review of additional information provided by law firms. Katten's Real Estate practice is one of the largest in the United States.

Trusted Advisor to Innovators

Katten was noted in the Financial Times US Innovative Lawyers report for 2013 as one of the "Lawyers to the Innovators." The annual report recognizes law firms that have brought original thinking and practices to business issues in the United States. The "Lawyers to the Innovators" category honors the use of creative thinking to fit new opportunities into old legal, regulatory and business norms. Katten was commended for working with Winklevoss Capital Management to create the first exchange-traded fund for a digital asset, which will allow wider investment in Bitcoins.

September 2013

A Great Place for Parents, Seven Years Running
For the seventh consecutive year, Working Mother magazine selected Katten as one of the 100 Best Companies in 2013, a list that recognizes companies implementing progressive policies to support, attract and retain busy parents. Katten was specifically recognized for its strong policies in the areas of flexible work options, leave options and childcare this year. The firm was also praised for creating alliances with and sponsoring prominent organizations that focus on women in the workplace, providing Katten employees with the opportunity to network and find potential mentors. Katten established its Women's Leadership Forum in 2004 which helps drive many of the firm's innovative programs and policies to help employees with everything from financial wellness to work-life balance.

August 2013 

Racking Up Recognition
Twenty-four of the firm's practice areas and 50 attorneys have been recognized as leaders in the industry in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, while 85 Katten attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2014.

July 2013

Leading the Way in Deal Making
According to recently released league tables in Asset-Backed Alert, Katten is tied as the U.S. securitization industry's most active issuer counsel. In the first six months of 2013, Katten served as issuer counsel in 20 deals totaling $13.4 billion, securing the firm a first-place ranking for the number of deals.

April 2013

Growing Bigger and Better
Katten significantly expanded its Environmental practice, landing seven top attorneys and preeminent workplace safety and environmental lawyer Mark Farley. As part of this expansion, the firm added a new office in Houston, Texas and a Workplace Safety Practice, led by Farley. 

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

525 West Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60661-3693
Phone: (312) 902-5200
Fax: (312) 902-1061


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Vincent A.F. Sergi
  • Hiring Partners: Gail Title (Los Angeles), David Rohrbach (Washington, DC), Gil Soffer (Chicago); Richard Farley (Charlotte), Dan Huffenus (Charlotte), David Crichlow (New York), Craig Barbarosh (Orange County), Shannon Broome (Oakland), Peter Sugden (London)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 636

  • Employment Contact
    Janice Burton
    Office Administrator
    Phone: (704) 444-2000
    E-mail: janice.burton@kattenlaw.com

    Nicole Morden
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (312) 577-8523
    E-mail: nicole.morden@kattenlaw.com

    Los Angeles
    Sabrina Eisenbrei, Esq.
    Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager
    Phone: (310) 788-4523
    E-mail: sabrina.eisenbrei@kattenlaw.com

    New York
    Alexandra Donahue
    Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager
    Phone: (212) 940-6327
    E-mail: alexandra.donahue@kattenlaw.com

    Washington, DC
    Judy Brown
    Office Administrator
    Phone: (202) 625-3652
    E-mail: judy.brown@kattenlaw.com

  • Base Salary
    Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY & 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
    Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY & Washington, DC Summer Associates:  $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    32 out of 34 (2013)

  • 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

  • Austin, TX
  • Chicago, IL
  • 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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