About McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Editor's note:  In July 2015 McKenna Long & Aldridge and Dentons merged under the Dentons name.  The information herein pertains to the pre-merger McKenna  Long & Aldridge.


McKenna Long & Aldridge handles just about anything and everything related to business including complex litigation, corporate law, energy, environment, finance, government contracts, health care, infrastructure, insurance, intellectual property, private client services, public policy, real estate, technology and scores of specialty sub-practices. From its 15 offices, McKenna serves local, regional, national and international clients--from Fortune 500 and private corporations to small- and medium-sized companies; from non-profits to high net worth individuals; and from government agencies and officials to top government contractors. 

How It All Began

McKenna was born of a 2002 merger between McKenna & Cuneo--a government-oriented DC firm founded in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's former attorney general--and Aldridge & Norman--a Southeastern upstart which, after its founding in Atlanta in 1974, rapidly grew on a primarily corporate practice platform.

The firm continued to grow, and in 2012, McKenna and California-based Luce Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP combined, strengthening the firm's foothold in California and increasing Luce Forward's national and international presence.

Now with 13 offices from coast to coast and two abroad in Brussels and Seoul, McKenna has combined its government and corporate experience to build a multi-service firm.

Government Affairs Gurus

For more than 50 years, McKenna has been home to one of the largest Government Contracts practices in the country, receiving annual recognition by Chambers USA as a "tier one" Government Contracts law firm.  The firm's government affairs practice benefits from the contributions of some well-known politicos.  The bipartisan team is composed of professionals who have held public office and served as diplomats, as well as those who have previously served as staff and advisors to U.S. presidents, governors, members of Congress and mayors.

IP and Corporate All Stars

McKenna's other practice areas have stood out in the legal community as well. The firm's Intellectual Property & Technology practice was named a "Top Patent Firm" by Intellectual Property Today magazine and as one of the nation's leading firms for securing the highest quality patents for clients in the consumer electronics industry by Intellectual Asset Management magazine.

McKenna's Corporate practice has been consistently ranked by The Legal 500 as a top-tier firm for Corporate/M&A work.

Making an Impact

Committed to strengthening the community through public service, McKenna founded the McKenna Long & Aldridge Foundation and encourages its attorneys to participate in pro bono legal services and volunteer to support more than 200 charitable organizations each year. McKenna attorneys have provided pro bono legal counsel to veterans and tenants who have been wrongfully evicted and immigrant workers seeking unpaid wages, just to name a few. 

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McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

1900 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006-1108
Phone: (202) 496-7500
Fax: (202) 496-7756


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Jeffrey K. Haidet
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 500

  • Base Salary
    Atlanta and Denver
    1st year: $135,000
    Summer associate: $2,600/week
    Los Angeles, San Diego and Washington, DC
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,000/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    15 out of 15 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Compliance & Investigations
    Construction & Engineering
    Distressed Transactions, Workouts and Bankruptcy
    E-Discovery and Records Compliance
    Employer Services Group
    Environment, Energy & Product Regulation
    Global Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships
    Government Contracts
    Health Insurance Exchanges
    Intellectual Property & Technology
    Law Firm Defense and Risk Management
    Military Bases and Communities
    Municipal Reform & Innovation
    Political Law
    Private Client Services
    Public Finance
    Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs
    Real Estate
    State Attorneys General
    Tax-Exempt and Nonprofit Organizations
    White Collar Criminal Defense 

Major Office Locations

  • Albany, NY
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Denver, CO
  • Irvine, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • McLean, VA
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY
  • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Brussels
  • Seoul
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