Schiff Hardin LLP at a Glance


  • “Potential for partnership”
  • “The people—both brilliant and friendly”
  • “Associates are given interesting work and early responsibility”


  • “Opaque bonus structure”
  • “Low pay for big law hours”
  • “Chicago-centric”

The Buzz

  • “Solid”
  • “Good for ANDA litigation”
  • “The nice guys in Chicago”

About Schiff Hardin LLP

With litigation as its largest practice group, Chicago-headquartered Schiff Hardin has grown into a national law firm that counsels local, regional, national and international clients.

Navigating the Windy City

Founded in 1864 as Hitchcock & Dupee when the Windy City was just a little breezy town, Schiff Hardin is proudly celebrating its 150th anniversary. It grew with Chicago-in 1872 the firm worked with the city to install steam-powered cable cars to replace horse-drawn carts, later securing Chicago Transit Authority as one of its clients. By the roaring twenties, Schiff Hardin had developed corporate and financial practices for energy and public utility companies in the area.

In 1974 the firm moved into Chicago's Sears Tower (now known as Willis Tower), and three years later branched out by opening an office in Washington, DC. In the 1980s and 90s the firm was at the forefront of new developments in trademark and trade secrets law, and in 1991 the firm opened an office in New York City as a gateway to international clients. In 2003, the firm entered the Southeast U.S. by opening an office in Atlanta. In 2007, Schiff Hardin merged with a San Francisco-based firm to open an office in California, and in 2012 the firm added an office in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Schiff Hardin in 2013 significantly expanded its East Coast offices by combining with two local boutique law firms-one in New York City and one in Washington, DC.

Today, litigation is Schiff Hardin's largest practice group, with concentrations that include toxic tort, insurance class actions and reinsurance disputes. And with clients like Newell Rubbermaid Inc. and Dorel Industries Inc., Schiff Hardin has also negotiated some weighty mergers and acquisitions. But not all of its cases have such corporate gravitas: the firm represented Warner Brothers Studio in May 2011 when it was sued by Mike Tyson's tattoo artist after the boxer's face tattoo was replicated without permission in The Hangover Part II.

Sports in the Heartland

Still headquartered in Chicago, the firm is knee deep in Midwest sports law. Schiff Hardin represents the NCAA and the Chicago Bears. The firm served as the Bears' counsel for the financing and governmental relations work involved in the renovation of Soldier Field.

Overturning Wrongful Convictions and Leading in Diversity

Schiff Hardin's managing partner, Ronald Safer, worked for ten years in Chicago's United States Attorney's Office, home to the legal team that successfully prosecuted a very prominent street gang. Safer also lent his legal expertise to Northwestern Law's Center on Wrongful Convictions when he helmed a pro bono team that freed Julie Rea Harper, a mother wrongfully convicted of murdering her 10-year-old son. He and a Schiff Hardin team also spearheaded a similar effort in Indiana for Kristine Bunch, who served 16 years in prison for a wrongful conviction in the death of her young son. In 2012, thanks to Safer and the Schiff Hardin team, the Court dismissed charges against Bunch and she was released from prison. In addition, Safer led the firm's efforts to improve its diversity track record and was most successful in doing so, as evidenced by awards including the prestigious 2012 Thomas L. Sager Award for the Midwest Region.

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Schiff Hardin LLP

Willis Tower
233 South Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606-6473
Phone: (312) 258-5500
Fax: (312) 258-5700


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Marci Eisenstein
  • Hiring Partner: Lisa Brown
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 389

  • Employment Contact
    Kevin Battle
    Legal Recruitment & Professional Development Manager
    Phone: (312) 258-4859
    Fax: (312) 258-5600

  • Base Salary
    Chicago, IL: $160,000
    Ann Arbor, MI: $160,000
    Atlanta, GA: $135,000
    Dallas, TX: $160,000
    Lake Forest, IL: $160,000
    New York, NY: $160,000
    San Francisco, CA: $160,000
    Washington, DC: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    28 out of 32 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust & Trade Regulation
    Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights
    Class Action Litigation
    Corporate & Securities
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Energy & Public Utilities
    Financial Institutions
    Intellectual Property
    Labor & Employment
    Private Clients, Trusts & Estates
    Private Companies
    Private Equity & Venture Capital
    Product Liability
    Public Companies
    Public Finance
    Public Law
    Real Estate
    Reinsurance & Insurance
    Securities & Futures Regulation
    Sustainable Energy & Climate Change
    White Collar Crime & Corporate Compliance

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Lake Forest, IL
  • New York, NY
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
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Vault Company ID: 7491

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