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 and boasting formidable prowess in private equity, real estate, antitrust, and intellectual property. Founded in 1884 by three Columbia Law graduates, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has been at the forefront of financial and industrial trends throughout its history as generations of attorneys have helped grow Simpson into the global powerhouse that it is today. The firm has been involved in shaping the legal landscape to address the commercial transformations of the last century-from the railroad reorganizations in the late 1800s to the development of the private funds industry in more recent decades.

Wheeling and Private Equity Dealing

In addition to railroad reorganizations, Simpson's early years included 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 has expanded to represent clients in Europe, Asia, and South America. The 1980s and 1990s saw Simpson 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.

Simpson also handles a variety of transactions for 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. Simpson's award-winning corporate practice leads front page deals involving M&As, equity and debt capital markets offerings, joint ventures, project financings and infrastructure development, structured financings, private fund formation and investments, syndicated loans, debt restructurings and bankruptcies, privatizations and real estate transactions. The firm's corporate lawyers handle transactions for the world's leading banks and private equity firms (including PE sponsors on the five largest completed buyout transactions in history) and for an array of blue chip companies around the world. These companies have also turned to Simpson for advice in hundreds of blockbuster transactions, including Silver Lake's $24.4 billion acquisition of Dell and the IPOs of Google and Facebook.

Defending the Who's Who

On the dispute resolution side of the house, the firm's litigation team has helps companies navigate pressing disputes and government investigations, from the outset through trial and appeal. These matters involve antitrust, securities, insurance, intellectual property, and international arbitration and cross-border issues and conduct in more than 58 countries on 6 continents. For decades, Simpson's securities litigators have represented the most prominent financial institutions and corporations in headline-making securities fraud and financial-related litigation, including JPMorgan Chase, SeaWorld, Alibaba, Deutsche Bank, UBS, TD Bank, Morgan Stanley, and Best Buy. Simpson litigators also routinely handle client responses to simultaneous challenges-including overlapping criminal and regulatory investigations, civil securities litigation, and auditor inquiries. Simpson's litigation docket includes matters for Twitter, the Board of Exxon Mobil, the Wounded Warrior Project, Madoff-related parties, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac.

The Next Generation

Associate training at SImpson begins upon arrival and is available to associates at all levels-ranging from a Simpson-specific Finance curriculum to a Capital Markets "10b-5" podcast series. And Simpson's centralized staffing gives associates a voice in the types of work they do. A career at Simpson has proven to be an powerful launch pad for a wide range of positions in both the public and private sector-including federal government service (U.S. Attorney's Offices, DOJ, SEC, federal judicial clerkships), financial services firms, entertainment and sports companies, and leading nonprofits. The firm's alumni remain part of the broader Simpson family and often turn back to the firm as clients. Simpson alumni include both the CEO and chief legal officer of Travelers, the general counsels of the largest private equity firms including Blackstone, KKR, Silver Lake, and First Reserve, the Commissioner of the Big East Basketball Conference, and a former Secretary of State.


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