Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. at a Glance


  • “Work-life balance”
  • “Coworkers are pleasant”
  • “Very supportive of pro bono work”


  • “Lack of transparency”
  • “Bonuses”
  • “Politically conservative”

The Buzz

  • “Great regional firm”
  • “Very conservative”
  • “Well-respected in the West”
  • “Fratty”

About Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Snell & Wilmer is a full-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine offices throughout the western United States and Mexico. Snell & Wilmer traces its origins to 1938, when Mark Wilmer joined Frank L. Snell, Jr., Riney Salmon, and Charles Strouss, who had practiced together in Phoenix since 1934. Snell frequently recounted the search that led to his partnership with Mr. Wilmer; because Snell was "snowed under" by work and needed help, he consulted the three members of Maricopa County's Superior Court to identify the best trial lawyer in the state and each named Wilmer, whom he had not yet met.

In the 1989, Snell & Wilmer began its expansion outside of Phoenix, opening a Tuscon office and then shortly thereafter merging with Tucson's largest firm, Bilby & Shoenhair. The 1990s saw the firm expanding outside of the Grand Canyon State, opening offices in Orange County, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah. By 2010 Snell & Widner had rounded out its current roster of offices expanding to Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Reno and Los Cabos, Mexico.

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

One Arizona Center
400 East Van Buren St., Suite 1900
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 382-6000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Matt Feeney
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 420

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $115-160K (depending on market)

  • Summer Associate Offers
    29 out of 30 (2Ls only) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy • Commercial Finance • Corporate and Securities • Employee Benefits and Compensation • Healthcare • Industry Groups • Intellectual Property • International • Labor and Employment • Litigation • Natural Resources, Environmental and Energy • Political Law and Government Relations • Real Estate • Tax

Major Office Locations

  • Phoenix, AZ • Costa Mesa, CA • Denver, CO • Las Vegas, NV • Los Angeles, CA • Reno, NV • Salt Lake City, UT • Tucson, AZ • Los Cabos, Mexico