Proskauer Rose LLP at a Glance


  • “Great colleagues”
  • “Early responsibility”
  • “Delicious and subsidized cafeteria”


  • “Being in Times Square”
  • “Offices outside of New York and London are marginalized”
  • “Poor promotion prospects”

The Buzz

  • “Great sports/entertainment”
  • “Sick offices”
  • “Burns through young associates”
  • “Fratty”

About Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose is practically synonymous with "sports law"-clients include Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL, and the NBA. Although flashy, this reputation shortchanges the firm's incredibly diversified work, which features top-notch corporate, litigation, tax, private client services, entertainment, and labor and employment practices.

From Small Business to Big Business

Firm forefather William R. Rose opened up shop in downtown Manhattan in 1875 at the sprightly age of 21. Rose's first clients were local retailers, and his skill soon caught the attention of New York's burgeoning business class, who hired Rose's firm to represent them in corporate and personal estate matters. The firm's reputation (and headcount) continued to grow, and by 1907, name partner Benjamin Paskus joined the firm. The outfit founded a successful tax practice following the Sixteenth Amendment's passage in 1913, and Paskus, a tax specialist, was so in-demand that clients lurked outside his home in the hopes of getting extra advice.

The addition of former appellate judge-and crony of four-time New York Governor Alfred Smith-Joseph Proskauer in 1930 ushered in a new era for the firm, which was renamed Proskauer, Rose & Paskus. Proskauer's leadership helped define the firm in the modern era, and his passion for music forged connections with Carnegie Hall and some of America's most prominent musicians, including Leonard Bernstein, whose estate is still handled by the firm. Around the same time, an associate named Alfred Appel helped French design house Hermès establish a New York corporation. Hermès is represented by the firm to this day, and is considered its longest continuing client.

Labor, Layups, and Lead Passes

One of Proskauer's cornerstone practices, labor law, was established in 1939 by partner Burton A. Zorn, who counted among his clients the insurance giant Metropolitan Life and the United Parcel Service. The firm's sports law practice began in 1963, thanks to partner George Gallantz, who represented a young organization called the National Basketball Association. Three years later an attorney named David Stern joined the firm-Stern went on to serve as the NBA's counsel, executive vice president, and, finally, commissioner (he retired in February 2014). The firm also counts Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League, among its notable alumni. Beyond labor and sports, Proskauer boasts a nationally recognized Private Investment Funds Group as well as litigators who handle cutting-edge intellectual property matters and defend major white collar cases, including those arising out of the recent economic crisis.

Worldwide Expansion and a New York Move

By the turn of the century, Proskauer was well on its way to establishing itself as a global player, opening shop in Paris, London, São Paulo, Hong Kong, and Beijing. The firm's Asia and UK offices focus on core practice areas that include private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets. International expansion has been a critical component of the firm's strategy to provide a comprehensive platform of services to its corporate clients. The firm stayed busy on the home front as well, expanding into Chicago in April 2008 while continuing to aggressively recruit new lawyers in its Boston office, which opened in 2004. In a move that some said heralded the beginning of a post-financial crisis commercial real estate recovery, Proskauer moved its New York headquarters to a new 1.1-million-square foot tower in Times Square in early 2011, leasing 14 floors of the LEED Gold-certified building.

The firm's client roster glitters, too: clients include Ares, AR Capital, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Tiffany, Neuberger Berman, all of the major sports leagues, Burberry, Barney's, Creative Artists Agency, Sony Pictures, the Broadway League, Neiman Marcus, T-Mobile, MetLife, The New York Times, the New York Stock Exchange, Church & Dwight, Diageo, and Ardian.


Big Ticket M&A

Proskauer advised on a number of big ticket M&A transactions including advising cancer drug maker Celgene Corp. in its $7.2 billion acquisition of Receptos; Ascena Retail Group, Inc. in its $2 billion acquisition of retail giant Ann, Inc., the parent company of LOFT and Ann Taylor; AccorHotels, in its $2.9 billion agreement to acquire three of the most prestigious global luxury hotel brands: Raffles, Fairmont, and Swissôtel; and Carlyle Group's $1 billion strategic investment in PA Consulting Group.

Big Cases

Proskauer secured a major false advertising bench trial victory for Church & Dwight against its top competitor in the market for home pregnancy tests. Proskauer also won big for Biosig Instruments in a case before the Supreme Court in which Nautilus challenged the validity of Biosig's heart rate monitor patent. The firm achieved a favorable result for T-Mobile in a high-stakes commercial litigation matter relating to a third-party's breach of fiduciary duty and fraud, and coordinated their response to class action lawsuits for a recent data breach. The firm continues to be involved in the most significant sports cases, including the defense of several major college conferences in the Grant-in-Aid and other student-athlete cases.

International Growth

Proskauer has strengthened its presence in key international markets with recent high profile hires in Asia and Europe. The London office, with 50+ lawyers and growing, has become a hub of transactional activity and a private equity powerhouse. In the last year alone, the firm has structured funds in Europe representing more than $6.6 billion in committed capital, advised on over 70 LP investments and advised on more than 25 secondary transactions totaling over $3 billion. For its notable private equity clients, including Apollo, Carlyle, Quilvest Private Equity and Lion Capital, the London-based M&A team closed transactions in 2015 exceeding $6 billion in aggregate value.

October 2015
Pro(skauer) Bono

Underscoring Proskauer's commitment to community, the firm recently became one of the few firms with a full-time pro bono partner, William Silverman, a former federal prosecutor with extensive civil and criminal experience. In a recent matter, Proskauer helped secure the release of a wrongfully-convicted man who had been incarcerated for 25 years. This case was referred by the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization that works to exonerate wrongfully-convicted individuals from which Proskauer now has a strong pipeline of matters. The firm has a long history of pro bono and corporate social responsibility and is focused in particular on supporting veterans and military families, women in Africa, and education.

September 2015
Going for Gold

Proskauer is helping the city of Los Angeles go for gold in its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The firm is advising the Los Angeles 2024 Exploratory Committee and played a crucial role in convincing the United States Olympic Committee to select L.A. as the U.S. bid city in September 2015. Proskauer is now working to build global support for L.A.'s bid and win the vote of the International Olympic Committee members next year, which would bring the Olympics back to America for the first time since 2002.

July 2015
Beyond the "Black Swan"

The firm has defended more companies in "unpaid intern" wage and hour class actions, and taken those cases further, than any firm in the country, including the precedent-setting win in the "Black Swan" case, where Proskauer defended Fox Searchlight Pictures, and convinced the Second Circuit in July 2015 to adopt its positions in their entirety and to reject the standards for determining "employee" status under the FLSA that were advocated by both the plaintiffs and the Department of Labor. Clients in these cases include Barneys, CBS, Condé Nast, Donna Karan, Fox Group, Gawker Media, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Sony Music, The Walt Disney Company, and Tory Burch. 

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Proskauer Rose LLP

Eleven Times Square
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 969-3000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Joseph M. Leccesse
  • Hiring Partners: Michael Mervis (New York), Lawrence Sandak (Newark), Allan H. Weitzman (Boca Raton), Pippa Bond and Lary Rappaport (Los Angeles), Connie N. Bertram (Washington, DC), Howard Shapiro (New Orleans), Marc Rosenthal (Chicago), Ori Solomon (Boston)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 700

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY; Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC
    1st year:  $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year:  $210,000
    4th year:  $235,000
    5th year:  $260,000
    6th year:  $280,000
    7th year:  $300,000
    Summer associate:  $3,461/week

    Boca Raton, FL
    1st year:  $135,000
    2nd year: $145,000
    3rd year: $155,000
    4th year: $160,000
    5th year: $165,000
    6th year: $175,000
    7th year: $180,000
    Summer associate:  $2,596/week

    Newark, NJ
    1st year:  $145,000
    2nd year: $150,000
    3rd year: $155,000-$160,000
    4th year: $159,000-$165,000
    5th year: $163,000-$170,000
    6th year: $166,000-$175,000
    7th year: $169,000-$180,000
    Summer associate:  $2,788/week

    New Orleans, LA
    1st year:  $110,000
    2nd year:  $120,000
    3rd year:  $125,000
    4th year:  $130,000
    5th year:  $135,000
    6th year:  $140,000
    7th year:  $145,000
    Summer associate:  $2,115/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    65 out of 66 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Capital Markets
    Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation & ERISA Litigation
    Health Care
    Intellectual Property
    Labor & Employment
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Private Client Services
    Private Equity
    Personal Planning
    Real Estate

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Newark, NJ
  • Washington, DC
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Paris
  • São Paulo
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