McCarter & English LLP


New Jersey's oldest and one of its largest law firms, McCarter & English is based in the Garden State but has built itself into a mid-Atlantic powerhouse through expansion to Delaware, Massachusetts,  New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Washington D.C.

Based in the Garden State

Founded in 1865 by Thomas Nesbitt McCarter, McCarter & English has been around long enough to boast inventor Thomas Edison and gunslinger Annie Oakley as clients.

Known for its health care, construction and products liability litigation practices among others, McCarter has ranked as the Garden State's "top law firm" according to New Jersey Business Magazine. In 2006, the firm expanded its life sciences department by merging with Boston-based Gadsby Hannah, adding to its "science team," a group of attorneys capable of assisting clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health care fields.

The firm's other departments have helped companies rebuild after computer data loss, regain pilfered trade secrets, and recover swindled funds. In the sports law arena, McCarter also helped a professional sports franchise client renegotiate pricing with a stadium contractor, and its government contracts department has helped small business owners take advantage of federal small business administration programs. Internationally, the firm has helped settle a family business dispute that stretched from the U.S. to Germany to Israel.

Although its practices now have an international reach, the firm hasn't forgotten its New Jersey roots. McCarter has been particularly involved in Newark's community, for example, by assisting Mayor Cory Booker in organizing legal assistance programs designed to combat recent episodes of violence in the city.

A Firm with East Coast Connections

A legal team with public and private ties to the movers and shakers of New Jersey and beyond underpins the firm's victories. McCarter's public strategy department includes Paul Cellucci, former governor of Massachusetts and U.S. ambassador to Canada. Another McCarter alum, former New Jersey State Senator Richard Bagger, moved on from the law firm to serve as Chief of Staff under New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

The firm also has financial connections. Former New Jersey state treasurer and member of the New Jersey State Assembly Banking Committee Michael Horn lends his financial experience to McCarter's corporate, securities, and financial institutions departments. And in the private sector, the firm's attorneys are no strangers to Wall Street. Former partner Gaytri Kachroo, for example, represented Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos before Congress and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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McCarter & English LLP

Four Gateway Center
100 Mulberry st.
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-622-4444


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Stephen M. Vajtay, Jr.
  • Total No. Attorneys 2013: 412

  • Employment Contact

    Christine Lydon
    Director of Professional Personnel
    Phone: (973) 622-4444
    Fax: (973) 624-7070

  • Base Salary

    1st year: $135,000
    Summer associate: $2,600/week

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Bankruptcy & Restructuring
    Business & Financial Services Litigation
    Corporate, Securities and Financial Institutions
    Crisis Management
    Executive Compensation
    Franchising and Distribution Law
    Government Contracts
    Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense
    Health Care
    Insurance Coverage
    Intellectual Property/Information Technology
    Investment Management
    Labor & Employment Law
    Private Clients
    Product Liability
    Public Finance
    Public Strategy
    Real Estate
    Tax & Benefits

Major Office Locations

  • Newark, NJ (HQ)
  • Boston, MA
  • Hartford, CT
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Stamford, CT
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Wilmington, DE
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