Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP at a Glance


  • “Entrepreneurial spirit”
  • “Early client interaction”
  • “Relaxed atmosphere”


  • “Too many senior associates”
  • “Working at a desk for 10 to 12 hours a day”
  • “Some very tough personalities”

The Buzz

  • “Growing fast in NYC”
  • “Nice people”
  • “Have not been impressed”
  • “Boys’ club”

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.


June 2015

Environmental Practice Group of the Year

Katten's Environmental practice was selected as one of the "Practice Groups of the Year" winners by Law360, which honors practices that achieved success for their clients in 2014, sealing big deals and winning high-stakes suits. The firm's Environmental and Workplace Safety team participated in some of 2014's most consequential cases related to climate change. Law360 noted the team's involvement in a battle over California's carbon fuel emissions standards as well as a U.S. Supreme Court challenge to federal regulators' greenhouse gas rules. The 5-4 Supreme Court decision vindicated Katten's argument that there are other acceptable interpretations of the Clean Air Act besides the EPA's allegedly rigid view of the statute.

High Marks for Diversity and Pro Bono Efforts

Katten was recognized as a "Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign for 2015 and was awarded the 2014 Volunteer Service Award for Pro Bono Services by the International Trademark Association.

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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
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 634

  • 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
    June Su, Esq.
    Attorney Recruiting & Development Manager
    Phone: (212) 940- 6545
    E-mail:  june.su@kattenlaw.com
    Washington, DC
    Kelly Cahill, Esq.
    Director of Attorney Development and Counsel
    Phone:  (212) 940-6756
    E-mail:  kelly.cahill@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
    34 out of 34 (2014)

  • 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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