Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP at a Glance


  • “Good people”
  • “Decent work-life balance typically”
  • “Highly committed to pro bono work”


  • “Non-transparent management”
  • “Lack of prestige”
  • “Job insecurity”

The Buzz

  • “Real Estate”
  • “Friendly”
  • “Nitpicky”
  • “On the decline”

About Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Now more than 130 years old, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan is best known for its corporate department, which represents a wide array of financial institutions. The department's coverage encompasses energy and project finance, derivatives and commodities, and investment management. 

Big Brother, Little Brother

Stroock began with a Platzek: New York University Law graduate M. Warley Platzek opened a practice in New York City in 1876. He was joined by Columbia Law grad Moses J. Stroock and fellow NYU-er Paul M. Herzog. Much of the firm's early success stemmed from Stroock's connections to New York's political elite. A Tammany Hall insider, Stroock was eventually appointed to the state's Supreme Court. The firm's second Stroock, Moses' younger brother Sol M. Stroock, came on board in 1907. By that point Platzek had left, so Stroock & Stroock it was.

Bourbon, Cigars, and a Haitian Dictator

The Stroock brothers' ties to Manhattan's German-Jewish business community benefited their practice, but as the 20th century continued, a variety of clients joined the fold. Stroock represented some of New York's wealthiest families, as well as clothing manufacturers and shipping companies. The firm also advised Wholesale Liquor Dealers of New York and the Kentucky Distillers and Warehouse Company (which lawyered up after Prohibition passed).

But it was cigars-not booze-that brought in the bulk of Stroock's revenues in the 1920s. The firm's leading client was the United Cigar Stores Company; the relationship dissolved with UCSC's bankruptcy, but it helped gain Stroock additional work with tobacco clients, including Lucky Strike. Partner Peter Lavan joined the firm in the 1930s and helped grow its corporate and financial practices. The name Stroock & Stroock & Lavan was chosen in 1943.

In the 1980s, Stroock grew via a major merger with Olnick Boxer Blumberg Lane & Troy, a New York real estate firm that brought with it clients like Bear Stearns and Chemical Bank. It also gained international attention after being chosen by the government of Haiti to pursue national funds stolen by Jean-Claude Duvalier during his reign as president (the money was, of course, in a secret Swiss bank account).

Three is the Magic Number

With close to 300 attorneys, Stroock is based stateside, with locations in NYC, LA, Miami, and Washington, DC. In New York, Stroock attorneys mostly cater to financial institutions, while the LA contingent has garnered publicity for representing such Tinseltown engines as the money men behind recent works of director M. Night Shyamalan. Other notable names on the firm's client roster include SkyBridge Capital, American Express, the United States Tennis Association, UBS, and JP Morgan.

While real estate, corporate finance, and litigation are the firm's core strengths, recent years have brought a new focus on international business, technology, financial restructuring, and intellectual property practices.    

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Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

180 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 806-5400
Fax: (212) 806-6006


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partners: Jeffrey R. Keitelman & Alan M. Klinger
  • Hiring Partner: Claude G. Szyfer
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 290

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY
    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: $3,461.53/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    14 out of 14 (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Derivatives & Commodities
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Employment Law
    Energy & Project Finance
    Environmental Law
    Financial Restructuring
    Financial Services Litigation
    Government Relations
    Intellectual Property
    Investment Management
    Personal Client Services
    Private Funds
    Real Estate
    Structured Finance

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Washington, DC