Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. at a Glance


  • “Smart, hard-working and unpretentious colleagues”
  • “Extensive opportunities for training, writing, speaking engagements and business development workshops”
  • “Substantive work early on”


  • “Opportunities for partnership are very limited”
  • “The bureaucracy of working at such a large firm”
  • “Feeling undervalued”

The Buzz

  • “Litigation power”
  • “Cashing in on alternative billing”
  • “Long hours”
  • “Sharp-elbowed”

About Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. is a national law firm known for its trial litigation practice, particularly in the intellectual property, complex business litigation, and mass tort arenas. The firm's attorneys are no strangers to high-profile, high-stakes trial work--and multimillion-dollar verdicts.

Minneapolis Midsized Hotshot

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. was founded in 1938 as Robins & Davis in Minneapolis, where about half of the firm's attorneys are still based. Since then, the firm has built strong litigation practices in Minnesota, New York, California, Massachusetts, Georgia, and Florida.

In addition to mass tort, the firm has a well-reputed intellectual property practice and a strong complex business litigation practice. The firm also has practices in talent-side entertainment and media litigation, antitrust litigation, and financial litigation, among other areas. The American Lawyer ranked the firm seventh in the country in the 2013 Pro Bono Survey. Additionally, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi has been named to The American Lawyer's A-List three times (including 2014).

Historic Litigation

With several high-profile litigation cases over the last half century, Robin, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. attorneys have been advocating on behalf of clients for more than 75 years.

Most recently, in In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Litigation, the firm reached a $7.25 billion antitrust settlement on behalf of a class of approximately seven million U.S. merchants who accept Visa and MasterCard credit cards and debit cards for the purchase of goods or services. The settlement, which resolves the lawsuit, is believed to be the largest settlement of a private antitrust case in the 120-year history of the Sherman Act and also includes important reforms of the payment card industry.

Also recently, the firm represented Kraft Foods in a four-week trial against Starbucks involving the complex valuation of a perpetual business agreement that had been terminated resulting in a $2.7 billion award for Kraft in Kraft Foods Global, Inc./Mondelez International, Inc. v. Starbucks.

The firm's attorneys represented the Special Committee of the Fiesta Bowl's Board of Directors in conducting an extensive five month internal investigation of the Fiesta Bowl to look into allegations that the Fiesta Bowl had reimbursed employees for campaign contributions, that a prior investigation had covered-up criminal conduct, and that the Fiesta Bowl had made numerous other improper expenditures. The Final Report was covered by dozens of media outlets and received widespread praise.

Perhaps its most famous recent case was when the firm secured $500 million from Big Tobacco to pay Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota in a mass tort action lawsuit, a payout which resulted in high profits per partner that year. Co-lead counsel for that trial, and not least among the firm's plaintiff-side litigation trial attorneys, is company namesake Michael Ciresi, once described as one of "the nation's top personal injury lawyers" famous for his "bulldog-like tenacity," according to the New York Times. 

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Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.

2800 LaSalle Plaza
800 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402-2015
Phone: (612) 349-8500
Fax: (612) 339-4181


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman of the Executive Board: Martin R. Lueck
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 227

  • Employment Contact
    Patricia E. Boughter
    Regional Office Administrator  
    Phone: (404) 760-4300 
    Fax: (404) 233-1267 

    Sheryl E. Reilly
    Regional Office Administrator
    Phone: (617) 267-2300
    Fax: (617) 267-8288
    Los Angeles
    Roman M. Silberfeld
    Regional Managing Partner
    Phone: (310) 552-0130
    Fax: (310) 229-5800
    Martha G. Capper 
    Recruiting Administrator 
    Phone: (612) 349-8500 
    Fax: (612) 339-4181 
    Debra J. Maguire
    Regional Office Administrator
    Phone: (239) 430-7070
    Fax:  (239) 213-1970
    New York
    Debra J. Maguire
    Regional Office Administrator
    Phone: (212) 980-7400
    Fax: (212) 980-7499

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $125,000
    Summer associate: $2,076/week

    1st year: $135,000
    Summer associate: $2,076/week

    Los Angeles
    1st year: $140,000
    Summer associate: $2,076/week

    1st year: $110,000
    Summer associate: $2,076/week

    New York
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $2,076/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    7 out of 7 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    3D Printing
    Antitrust & Trade Regulation
    Appellate Advocacy and Guidance
    Arbitration and International Arbitration
    Business Litigation
    Clean Technology
    Class Action Litigation
    Commercial/Project Finance & Real Estate
    Corporate Compliance and Ethics
    Corporate Finance & Securities
    Corporate Governance & Special Situations
    Electronic Discovery
    Eminent Domain
    Entertainment & Media Litigation
    Estate and Trust
    Financial Markets Litigation
    Food and Beverage
    Franchise and Dealership
    Global Business and Technology Sourcing
    Government & Internal Investigations
    Health Care Litigation
    Insurance and Catastrophic Loss
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    International Trade Commission
    Life Sciences & Hatch-Waxman Intellectual Property Litigation
    Mass Tort
    Medical Malpractice
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Patent Litigation
    Patent Office Trials
    Personal Injury
    Privacy and Cyber Security Litigation
    Private Equity/Venture Capital
    Real Estate Litigation
    Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy
    Strategic IP Monetization
    Trade Secret
    Trademark, Advertising and Brand Litigation

Major Office Locations

  • Minneapolis, MN (HQ)
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boston, MA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Naples, FL
  • New York, NY
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