Perkins Coie LLP at a Glance


  • “Work is top notch”
  • “Firm leadership listens”
  • “Tremendous culture”


  • “Below market pay”
  • “Lack of time to get things done”
  • “Work is very cyclical”

The Buzz

  • “Great election law practice”
  • “The best in Seattle/Northwest”
  • “Insular”
  • “Inconsistent experiences”

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. The firm's intellectual property practice-including patent prosecution, patent litigation and trademark and copyright protection and litigation-now includes nearly 225 attorneys. 

While Perkins Coie represents clients in the usual big sectors, the firm has also built up some interesting niches, including wineries and vineyards, senior living centers and airport concessions. Its list of clients includes household names like Microsoft, Craigslist, Starbucks, Expedia, Google, UPS, Intel and Costco.

Although the firm has stayed true to its Seattle roots with the largest office still in Seattle, the firm has expanded to include sixteen domestic offices, including four offices and more than 150 attorneys in California, as well as large offices with more than 100 attorneys each in the Chicago and Washington, DC offices.

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.


March 2015

A Lucky 13 Years

For the 13th year in a row, Perkins Coie was named one of the 2015 Fortune 100 Best Companies To Work For®. 

February 2015

Home Sweet Home

Perkins Coie attorneys represented Zillow, Inc., which operates the leading real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web, in the close of its previously-announced acquisition of Trulia, Inc., a provider of mobile and web products for homebuyers, sellers and renters, for $2.5 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction.

Staying on Top

Perkins Coie has been ranked by Chambers & Partners, as one of the top law firms in the United States.

November 2014

Law Firm of the Year

Perkins Coie was named 2014-2015 "Law Firm of the Year" in both Environmental Law and Technology Law by U.S. News - Best Lawyers®.  The firm also received first-tier rankings in 32 practice areas nationally and first-tier rankings in 63 practice areas in 13 major markets including Alaska, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Idaho, Los Angeles, Madison, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC.

September 2014

Clearing the Minefield

Perkins Coie represented Microsoft Corporation as U.S. counsel and primary intellectual property counsel in connection with its $2.5 billion acquisition of the Stockholm-based game developer Mojang, the creator of the "Minecraft" video game franchise.

August 2014

Female Friendly

Perkins Coie has again has been named one of the "Best Law Firms for Women" by Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC.

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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: John M. Devaney
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 1,004

  • 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
    30 out of 33 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Commercial Litigation
    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   
    Patent Litigation
    Patent Prosecution  
    Personal Planning
    Political Law
    Privacy & Data Security
    Private Equity
    Product Liability   
    Real Estate & Land Use
    Technology Transactions & Privacy
    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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