Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP at a Glance


  • “Top notch quality work”
  • “Lack of a billable hours minimum”
  • “Top-of-the-market salaries”


  • “Hours can be brutal”
  • “Clients are demanding”
  • “Unlikely advancement”

About Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is a Wall Street institution, housing elite teams in M&A, banking, capital markets and litigation. The firm is a bit more versatile than many of its peers, boasting formidable prowess in private equity, real estate, antitrust, and intellectual property.

Wheeling and Private Equity Dealing

Founded in 1884 by three Columbia Law graduates, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has capitalized on financial and industrial trends throughout its history. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the firm assisted in railroad reorganizations, the creation of mining and natural resource companies, and the expansion of the public utility system. By the close of World War I, the firm was representing clients in Europe, Asia, and South America.

The 1980s and 1990s saw the firm develop one of the world's premier M&A practices, with a unique strength in all aspects of private equity. The firm's many private equity clients include The Blackstone Group, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (KKR), First Reserve, Hellman & Friedman, and Silver Lake Partners. The firm has represented private equity sponsors on the five largest completed buyout transactions in history, as well as on buyouts around the globe.

Simpson represents a broad range of corporate and financial institution clients, such as JPMorgan, Alibaba, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hilton, Accenture, Tyco, Toronto-Dominion, Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Travelers, on a wide variety of sophisticated transactions. The firm tops the charts year after year in banking and debt securities transactions.

Antitrust in Me

Simpson's competition team, which boasts a former Director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition and other former senior FTC and DOJ officials, advises on the splashiest history-making deals, such as Sirius Satellite Radio's $13 billion merger with XM satellite radio and the $68 billion Wyeth-Pfizer merger. Simpson's competition litigators are in the thick of things, having advised clients on many of the highest-profile antitrust litigations of recent decades, culminating in The American Lawyer naming the firm's practice "Antitrust Litigation Department of the Year" in 2014.

Local Knowledge, Global Reach

Internationally, the firm benefits from a long-standing presence in Europe, is a market leader in Korea and Japan and is well-established in China with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing. The firm added a Hong Kong law practice in 2011 and opened an office in Seoul in 2012. Simpson has advised on some of China's most sophisticated transactions, including Alibaba Group's landmark IPO, which is the largest in history. Simpson also has a leading Latin American practice, anchored by its São Paolo office.

Defending the Who's Who in Financial Institutions

For decades, Simpson's securities litigators have defended the most prominent financial institutions and corporations against headline-making securities fraud allegations and major financial-related litigation, including JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank, UBS, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and Washington Mutual.

Simpson boasts one of the top litigation departments in the nation, handling matters across legal disciplines, including high-profile lawsuits and a range of criminal, regulatory, Congressional and other significant government investigations, such as those involving Madoff, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The firm also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of companies, boards and board committees, as well as litigating shareholder class actions arising from M&A transactions.

Silicon Valley Savvy

The world's most dynamic companies and private equity firms turn to Simpson Thacher for advice in hundreds of blockbuster transactions, including Silver Lake's $24.4 billion acquisition of Dell and the IPOs of Google and Facebook. When it comes to IP litigation, clients seek Simpson's advice on high-stakes, "make-it-or-break-it" matters. The firm's IP team recently launched its own technology platform and analytics database-a unique combination of patent litigation, ownership, and transactional intelligence-that has been recognized by the Financial Times and other major legal and financial publications.

More Power to You

Active in the energy space since its founding, Simpson is busy across the industry, from traditional sectors (power) to renewables (solar and wind). In 2011, the firm expanded its century-old oil and gas practice by opening a Houston office. The Houston team advises on transactions that span corporate disciplines and industry areas, including exploration and production, midstream, refining and petrochemicals, and oil field and related service companies.


May 2017
Standing Up to Search and Seizure
Simpson Thacher, along with the ACLU of Mississippi and the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a class action lawsuit in Mississippi against the Madison County Sherriff's Department over its unconstitutional policing program to systematically target Black residents for illegal searches and seizures of persons, homes, cars and property. The pro bono case was featured in Law360, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CBS News, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post.

June 2017
Sirius Business
Simpson Thacher is representing SiriusXM in its $480 million strategic investment in Pandora, an Internet radio company that personalizes playlists based on the listening habits of its users. The firm previously represented the company in its April 2017 acquisition of Automatic Labs, and in the 2008 merger of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio.

February 2017
Twitter Tussles
Simpson Thacher represents Twitter in several securities-related lawsuits brought by the company's shareholders and relating to Twitter's IPO. In February 2017, the firm secured a dismissal of one claim in a state court case concerning Twitter's reliance on stock-based compensation. The firm also represents Twitter in federal securities class actions and related shareholder derivatives lawsuits challenging Twitter's statements with respect to user engagement.

July 2016
Simpson Thacher is representing WWE Entertainment and affiliates of Silver Lake Partners in connection with the announced acquisition, together with affiliates of Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co., of Ultimate Fighting Championship. UFC is the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world and produces more than 40 live events annually.

December 2016
Microsoft Would Like to Add You To Its Professional Network
Simpson Thacher represented Microsoft in connection with its acquisition of LinkedIn in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion. The deal is the largest acquisition in Microsoft's history, and was celebrated in a Forbes article for creating "what the business world has needed ever since the first job search document was created: a universal resume."

September 2016
Dude, Dell's getting an EMC
Simpson Thacher represented computer maker Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake in the acquisition of EMC Corporation for an announced value of $67 billion, the largest tech deal of all time. The acquisition, which created the largest privately controlled integrated technology company in the world, involved Dell maintaining VMware, an EMC subsidiary specializing in cloud and virtualization software, as a publicly traded company. Under the agreement, EMC shareholders received $24.05 per share in cash in addition to tracking stock related to EMC's stake in the VMware business.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 455-2000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman of Executive Committee: William R. Dougherty
  • Hiring Partners (New York): Nicholas Goldin, Gregory T. Grogan, Krista Miniutti
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 890

  • Base Salary
    All U.S. offices
    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
    8th year: $315,000
    Summer associate: $3,500/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    129 out of 129 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust/Competition • Banking & Credit • Capital Markets & Securities • Corporate • Corporate Governance • Energy & Infrastructure• Environmental • Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits • Exempt Organizations • Financial Institutions• Government & Internal Investigations • Insurance/Reinsurance • Intellectual Property • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution• International Practice • Investment Management • Labor • Litigation • Mergers & Acquisitions • Personal Planning • Private Equity • Pro Bono • Product Liability & Mass Tort • Real Estate • Restructuring & Bankruptcy • Securities/Shareholder Litigation • Structured Finance • Tax

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ) • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • Palo Alto, CA • Washington, DC Beijing • Hong Kong • London • São Paolo • Seoul • Tokyo