About Schiff Hardin LLP

Schiff Hardin is a mid-sized firm with a national practice. Its 300 lawyers practice in the firm's headquarters in Chicago and in five other offices in New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Lake Forest, Ill. The firm's marquee practice areas include corporate; litigation; class actions; environmental; intellectual property, including pharmaceutical patent litigation; construction; and trusts and estates.

Helping Clients Navigate the Windy City and Beyond

Schiff Hardin has been a premier firm in its home city of Chicago for more than 150 years. It grew with the city, representing the Chicago Transit Authority, manufacturing businesses, and financial institutions. Schiff was one of the initial tenants of the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower), the world's tallest building for 25 years and still an international landmark. The firm has changed with the times, extending its footprint to reflect a growing client base to include not just Midwest-based businesses (many of which are now multi-national corporations), but also global enterprises and the people who run them.

Schiff's litigation and transactional work ranges from bet-the-company cases and high-profile deals to smaller matters on which associates take the lead. The firm's low associate-to-partner ratio means junior associates work directly with partners and get early opportunities to appear in court and participate in negotiations.

Protecting Public Figures' Identities

For many years Schiff Hardin lawyers have represented Michael Jordan, and a Schiff team recently won an $8.9 million verdict for "His Airness" against a supermarket chain for the unauthorized use of Jordan's identity in an advertisement, an award Jordan vowed to donate to charity. And this year the firm is representing Muhammad Ali Enterprises, the company responsible for protecting Ali's image, in a lawsuit against Fox Broadcasting Company for the unauthorized use of Ali's image in a Super Bowl promotional video.

Fast-Paced Intellectual Property Litigation

Schiff Hardin's intellectual property group offers comprehensive IP services-including patent litigation, patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, trademark litigation, trade secrets, Hatch-Waxman/biosimilars, copyright, and IP transactional work-to help clients protect and manage their IP assets. The firm now represents several of the largest generic drug manufacturers in the world in cases that are often worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Dealing from Strength

The firm's deal lawyers handle transactions that vary in size and scope, ranging from small private acquisitions to multi-billion-dollar business combinations. Recently, Schiff Hardin advised H. D. Smith, the largest privately held wholesaler in the United States, in its acquisition by AmerisourceBergen for $815 million. The firm also represented Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. in its $1.3 billion acquisition of FairPoint Communications, Inc.

Associate Training and Opportunities

Schiff Hardin summer associates and associates are exposed to extensive and unique training opportunities, including programming on public speaking, negotiations, depositions, and motion practice. The firm also hosts a business development workshop focused on building client skills and developing and maintaining client relationships. Schiff Hardin employs an in-house legal writing coach-one of few in the country-who works one-on-one with summer associates and associates and conducts regular writing workshops. The firm's size and structure encourage associates to stretch and challenge themselves by taking on more responsibility as they become ready for it.

Pro Bono and Diversity

Schiff Hardin takes its commitment to the community seriously. That means the community both inside the firm and out. Internally, Schiff strives to create an inclusive and open environment that values varying perspectives and approachesand consistently ranks highly in Vault's diversity surveys. Inclusion networks sponsor events for clients and colleagues and give diverse attorneys opportunities to connect. Women and diverse attorneys serve on the firm's executive committee and as practice group leaders. And Schiff is one of the few AmLaw 200 firms with a female managing partner.

In the larger community, Schiff Hardin lawyers see pro bono work as their personal responsibility. In 2017, the firm recorded over 19,000 pro bono hours, thanks in large part to the 80% of Schiff associates who participated. The firm's pro bono commitment is as far-ranging as its lawyers' interests. It includes political asylum cases, actions to protect inmates' constitutional rights, advocating for children in school expulsion hearings, and staffing a neighborhood legal services clinic in Chicago monthly for over 30 years running.

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Schiff Hardin LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Marci Eisenstein
  • Recruiting Chair: David Blickenstaff
  • Total No. Attorneys 2018: 301

  • Base Salary
    All Offices
    1st Year: $180,000
    Summer associate: $3,461/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    10 out of 12 (2017)

  • 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
  • Lake Forest, IL
  • New York, NY
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
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