Perkins Coie LLP at a Glance


  • “Down to earth partners”
  • “Flexible hours”
  • “Interesting work”


  • “Unpredictable workload”
  • “Our reputation is still one of a regional firm”
  • “Not as much socializing outside of the office”

The Buzz

  • “Good work/life balance”
  • “Fun firm culture”
  • “Good regionally”
  • “Democrats”

About Perkins Coie LLP

Perkins Coie got off to a good start: founded in 1912, the Seattle-based firm's earliest clients included one William E. Boeing Sr., founder of the eponymous aeronautics company. The relationship with Boeing contributed to Perkins Coie's reputation for representing high-tech and cutting-edge ventures in what has become one of the nation's technology hotspots. Firm litigators are particularly well-known for taking on infringement, unfair competition, false advertising and anti-counterfeiting claims. 

Governing Government

Perkins Coie entered the national spotlight following its 2006 victory before the U.S. Supreme Court in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in which the Court ruled that the Bush Administration's use of military commissions to try terrorism suspects was unconstitutional. The case landed in the firm's lap when erstwhile Georgetown Law Professor (and current Deputy Solicitor General) Neal Katyal and JAG Lawyer and Navy Lt. Commander Charles Swift-working on behalf of Guantanamo detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan-settled on Seattle as their venue of choice to file a lawsuit against the government. One of Katyal's former students happened to work in Perkins Coie's Seattle office, and this connection led to Perkins Coie taking the detainee's case pro bono. The case served as a dramatic rebuke to executive overreaching and stands as one of Perkins Coie's most notable victories. 

More recently, the firm has represented President Barack Obama in his personal matters and federally-required financial disclosure reports. When Obama's attorney Robert Bauer left the firm to become White House counsel, partner Judith Corley took over as Obama's rep at the firm's DC office. She's the one who contacted Hawaii's health department in April 2011 to request the president's long-form birth certificate, which he released in an effort to squelch chatter about his citizenship.

Shacking up in Shanghai

In addition to domestic offices across the United States, Perkins Coie has offices in Beijing and Shanghai in Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone-Shanghai's central financial and trade district. The Chinese offices focus primarily on intellectual property, business and personal planning matters for domestic and international clients (heavily from the technology and pharmaceutical sector). The Beijing location serves multinational clients, advising on investment and trade matters, as well as interpretation of China's business laws and regulations.

Although the offices in China did not open until the early 2000s, the firm had been active in the country for several decades before that.

Towering over Taipei

The Perkins Coie office in Taipei, Taiwan was opened to expand the firm's Asia practice and to better serve its Taiwan-based clients, particularly in patent litigation and other intellectual property matters in the United States. The office is located in the Taipei 101 Tower, an international landmark and one of the world's tallest buildings.

Attorneys at Perkins Coie have been actively representing Taiwanese companies for more than a decade in many high profile patent cases. The firm recently secured an important patent litigation victory for HTC before the U.S. International Trade Commission in a case filed against it and others by FlashPoint Technologies.

California Dreamin'

While Perkins Coie represents clients in the usual big sectors-life sciences, clean tech, energy and so on-the firm has also built up some interesting niches, including wineries and vineyards, senior living centers and airport concessions. Its Rolodex is packed with household names like Microsoft, Craigslist, Starbucks, Expedia, Google, UPS, Intel and Costco.

Although the firm has stayed true to its roots by keeping its headquarters in Seattle, it has established a dedicated California practice that's devoted to all things Golden State, from intellectual property to litigation. As might be expected, the California practice is centered on the internet, interactive entertainment, life sciences, retail and clean tech sectors.



Burning Up the Blogosphere
Perkins Coie launched a number of new blogs over the past year, including 1600 PTAB, Food Litigation News, The Virtual Currency Report and White Collar Briefly.

They're Kind of a Big Deal
Among the many "big deals" Perkins Coie worked on were Outerwall's acquisition of ecoATM; Titan Aerospace's sale to Google; Intermec's acquisition by Honeywell; Microsoft's sale of Atlas Advertiser Suite to Facebook; Decide, Inc.'s merger with eBay; Market Leader, Inc.'s sale to Trulia;  and Vulcan Inc. in its acquisition of Water Pik from EG Capital Group and Zodiac Marine & Pool.

Big Wins
Perkins Coie litigators scored many successes this past year, such as defeating class certification for Comcast in a high-stakes case involving call center wage and hour issues and achieving a $100 million plus fees and costs award for Anacor Pharmaceuticals in an arbitration involving trade secret and breach of contract claims.

Driving Diversity
Perkins Coie earned the top rating of 100 percent in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the 6th year in a row; made Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the 12th year in a row; was recognized by Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyers for the 5th time on their "Best Law Firms for Women"; and received, along with client Microsoft, the American Bar Association's first-ever Champions for Disability Inclusion in the Legal Profession award.

January 2013-June 2014

Lateral Expansion
Forty lateral partners and 15 senior counsel joined the firm between January 2013 and June 2014.

January 2014

Movin' On Up
Twenty-one associates and of counsel were promoted to partner and 39 attorneys were promoted to counsel.

April 2013

Kudos for Pro Bono
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) awarded Perkins Coie with the 2013 Amicus Award for the firm's partnership with the organization. NWIRP and the firm collaborated to protect the civil rights of Washington residents and to provide critical legal services to undocumented youth and others.

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Perkins Coie LLP

1201 Third Avenue
Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Phone: (206) 359-8000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Robert E. Giles
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 962

  • Employment Contact
    Shelley Levine
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (415) 344-7000
    Fax: (415) 344-7050

  • Base Salary

    Salaries vary among offices based on location.

  • Summer Associate Offers
    33 out of 37 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate Governance & Transactions
    Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
    Environment, Energy & Resources   
    Financial Transactions & Restructuring
    Government Contracts
    Insurance Coverage Litigation
    Intellectual Property  
    International Business
    Investigations & White Collar Defense
    Labor & Employment   
    Technology Transactions & Privacy
    Commercial Litigation
    Patent  Prosecution  
    Patent Litigation
    Personal Planning
    Political Law
    Privacy & Data Security
    Private Equity
    Product Liability   
    Real Estate & Land Use
    Trademark & Copyright

Major Office Locations

  • Seattle, WA (HQ)
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Boise, ID
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Madison, WI
  • New York, NY
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Portland, OR
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Taipei
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