Troutman Sanders LLP at a Glance


  • “Partners are great to work for”
  • “No crushing billable hours requirement”
  • “Early responsibility/ownership encouraged for associates”


  • “Lack of perks”
  • “The compensation”
  • “Lack of transparency”

The Buzz

  • “Fun”
  • “Friendly”
  • “Fraternity 2.0”
  • “Southern”

About Troutman Sanders LLP

Troutman Sanders was founded at the tail end of the 1800s in Atlanta. But the firm has grown beyond its Georgia peach roots-over 600 Troutman attorneys practice in 16 offices across the United States and China.

Y'all Are Getting Big

Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders has come a long way since it was founded in 1897 by Walter Colquitt, a sole practitioner. In the intervening 100+ years, the firm has grown primarily through mergers, which have given it a worldwide footprint. Colquitt first expanded the firm in 1930 by welcoming on board, among others, two brothers with the surname Troutman. Over 40 years later, the firm merged with the firm of former Georgia governor Carl Sanders, whose name has been part of the firm's moniker ever since. A merger with Mays & Valentine in 2001 added 150 attorneys and gave the firm a strong presence in the Virginia market. Four years later, the firm expanded again, opening its New York office with around 90 attorneys from the now-defunct Jenkins & Gilchrist Parker Chapin LLP. Then, the firm merged in 2009 with Ross Dixon & Bell, which added to Troutman's lineup offices in Chicago, Orange County and San Diego. The firm opened its newest office in Charlotte, NC in May 2014.

Law Meets Consulting

Troutman Sanders has five core practices-Business Law, Finance, Litigation, Energy & Industry Regulation and Real Estate-under which it boasts dozens of practice groups in nearly every conceivable category. While the firm counsels on the regulars-intellectual property, labor and employment, trust and estates, M&A, etc.-it also has expertise in less common areas like maritime law, hotels, resorts and golf, multifamily housing, and nuclear regulation.

Like many large firms with presences in DC and big-time clients, Troutman has a "government relations" arm. Troutman Sanders Strategies is a stand-alone firm that assists the clients of its law firm sibling with consulting and lobbying services on issues including agriculture, energy and environment, insurance and healthcare, appropriations and project funding, telecommunications and technology, and transportation and infrastructure. Troutman Sanders Strategies has offices in four cities: Atlanta, Washington, Raleigh and Richmond.

Global Pro Bono

Around the world, Troutman's pro bono programs take numerous forms. Part of a larger global initiative, the Operation Smile China Medical Mission was established in Hong Kong in 1991 to repair childhood facial deformities-such as cleft palates-and fund medical programs. The firm's Hong Kong office has been instrumental in helping set up Operation Smile's Chinese non-profit branch. Meanwhile, in New York, Troutman lawyers serve as court-appointed advocates for low or no-income adult tenants facing eviction from their New York City apartments. Other pro bono work includes assisting with Holocaust reparation cases, providing free estate planning, counseling on death penalty cases, and working on Project KIND, which assists children of immigrants who need assistance in the immigration system.

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Troutman Sanders LLP

600 Peachtree St., NE
Suite 5200
Atlanta, GA 30308-2216
Phone: (404) 885-3000
Fax: (404) 885-3900


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Stephen E. Lewis
  • Firm-wide Development Partner: Stephen W. Riddell
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 615

  • Employment Contact
    Clare M. Roath
    Director of Recruiting and Professional Development 
    Phone: (404) 885-3801

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,000/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    26 out of 27 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Associations and Nonprofits
    Canadian Practice
    Business Litigation
    Class Action Litigation
    Climate Change
    Closely Held Business & Entrepreneurial Services
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    Debt Financing
    Distressed Real Estate, Debt Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
    Electronic Discovery & Data Management
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Energy & Energy-Related Practices
    Energy & Utility Construction
    Environmental & Natural Resources
    Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation
    ERISA Litigation
    Financial Institutions
    Financial Services Litigation
    Franchise & Distribution
    Government Regulation of Advertising and Consumer Products
    Greater China Practice
    Green Real Estate
    Health Care
    Hotels, Resorts & Golf
    Intellectual Property
    Information Management
    International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
    Israeli Practice
    Labor & Employment
    Lending & Structured Finance
    Life Sciences
    Maritime Law & Government Contracts
    Media & Entertainment
    Mergers, Acquisitions & Business Ventures
    Multifamily Housing
    Nuclear Regulation
    Private Equity & Investment Management
    Product Liability
    Project Development & Finance
    Public-Private Education Facilities & Infrastructure
    Public Finance
    Real Estate Capitalization
    Real Estate Commercial Ownership, Leasing & Management
    Real Estate Development & Acquisition
    Real Estate Finance
    Real Estate Investments
    Regulatory Compliance and Government Litigation
    Renewable Energy
    Securities & Corporate Governance
    Securities Litigation
    State Attorneys General
    Telecommunications & Technology
    Trading, Hedging and Marketing
    Transmission Development & Construction
    Troutman Sanders Strategies
    Trusts & Estates
    White Collar & Government Investigations
    Zoning & Land Use

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA (HQ) • Charlotte, NC • Chicago, IL • Hampton Roads, VA • New York, NY • Orange County, CA • Portland, OR • Raleigh, NC • Richmond, VA • San Diego, CA • Tysons Corner, VA • Washington, DC • Beijing • Hong Kong • Shanghai

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