Schiff Hardin LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “The firm will value you as a person and as a lawyer.”
  • “The culture and opportunity for growth as an associate”
  • “Partner to associate ratio”

Downers

  • “Low pay”
  • “The work flow is unreliable”
  • “Smaller NY office”

The Buzz

  • “Chicago strong guys”
  • “Large environmental group”
  • “Awful recruiting process”
  • “Small Chicago firm pretending to be something they are not”

About Schiff Hardin LLP

Schiff Hardin is a mid-size firm with a national practice. Its 300+ lawyers practice in the firm's headquarters in Chicago and in seven other offices around the country. The firm's marquee practice areas include corporate; litigation; class actions; environmental; intellectual property, including pharma patent litigation; construction; and trusts and estates.

Navigating the Windy City and Beyond

Schiff Hardin celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2014 with the addition of a Dallas office specializing in corporate finance. The firm originally grew with Chicago-in 1872 it worked with the city to install steam-powered cable cars to replace horse-drawn carts and later represented the Chicago Transit Authority. By the 1920s, Schiff Hardin represented many energy and public utility companies in the area. And in 1974 Schiff Hardin's Chicago office moved into the newly completed Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower) as one of the first tenants in what was then the world's tallest building and remains a Chicago landmark.

Corporate and litigation matters range from high-stakes, bet-the-company matters to smaller cases that provide associates with early client contact and great responsibility. In one headline-grabbing case, Schiff Hardin lawyers represented Warner Brothers Studio when it was sued by Mike Tyson's tattoo artist over the use of the boxer's face tattoo on Ed Helms's character in The Hangover Part II. The firm successfully defeated a request for an injunction that would have blocked the movie's release, before it ultimately settled the tattoo artist's claim.

High-Profile Sports in the Heartland

Schiff Hardin is knee deep in sports law, representing the NCAA, Michael Jordan, and the Chicago Bears. The firm served as the Bears' counsel for the financing and governmental relations work involved in the massive renovation of Soldier Field. And recently a team of Schiff lawyers 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.

Associate Training and Opportunities

Schiff Hardin summer associates and associates are exposed to unique training opportunities, including multi-phased deposition and motion argument training, and writing workshops and one-on-one legal writing help from the firm's in-house legal writing coach. The firm's size also encourages associates to stretch and challenge themselves by taking on more responsibility as they become ready for it.  

Pro Bono and Diversity

Schiff Hardin also takes its commitment to the community seriously. That means the community both inside the firm and out. The firm strives to create an inclusive and open environment where varying perspectives and approaches are valued.  Schiff Hardin lawyers see pro bono work as a responsibility. The firm's pro bono work ranges from animal rights to poverty law and includes representing clients on death row and staffing a neighborhood legal services clinic in Chicago monthly for over 50 years. 

Schiff Hardin also walks the walk with regard to its commitment to diversity. The firm consistently ranks highly in Vault's survey on all areas of diversity, and recently elected its first female managing partner, who was the founding chair of its Diversity Committee.

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Schiff Hardin LLP

Willis Tower
233 South Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606-6473
Phone: (312) 258-5500
Fax: (312) 258-5600

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Marci Eisenstein
  • Hiring Partner: Lisa Brown
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 389

  • Employment Contact
    Emily Wiegand
    Legal Recruitment Specialist
    (312) 258-4736 
    ewiegand@schiffhardin.com

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

  • Summer Associate Offers
    18 out of 21 (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust & Trade Regulation
    Appellate
    Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights
    Class Action Litigation
    Construction
    Corporate & Securities
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Energy & Public Utilities
    Environmental
    Finance
    Financial Institutions
    Intellectual Property
    International
    Labor & Employment
    Litigation
    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
    Tax
    Telecommunications
    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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