Troutman Sanders LLP at a Glance


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  • “The hours can be tough”
  • “Some difficult partners”

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 San Francisco, CA in April 2015.

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.


Virginia is for Bankers

Troutman Sanders is serving as legal advisor to Union Bankshares Corporation, in connection with the acquisition of Xenith Bankshares, Inc., in an all-stock transaction valued at $701 million. The transaction, which is expected to close in early 2018, will result in the creation of Virginia's largest community bank with combined assets in excess of $11.9 billion. The acquisition will also allow Union to expand its branch presence in the Hampton Roads market, as well as in Northern Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland.

China High Speed

Troutman Sanders acted for Fullshare Holdings Limited on Hong Kong law in connection with the company's voluntary offer to acquire all issued shares of China High Speed Transmission Equipment Group. The basis for the offer, valued at HK$16.3 billion (equivalent to US$2.1 billion), is five new shares of Fullshare for every two shares of China High Speed. This offer is one of the largest deals among the recent takeovers in Hong Kong.

June 2017

Troutman Sanders advised ARRIS International plc on its acquisition of Brocade Communication Systems Inc.'s Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch businesses. The $800 million transaction will strengthen ARRIS's leadership in the converged wired and wireless networking technology space. With the addition of this portfolio, ARRIS will create a business unit dedicated to addressing the needs of numerous vertical markets, including education, public venue, enterprise, hospitality, and multiple dwelling units (MDU) segments.

April 2017
All for Africa

Troutman Sanders advised UK-based Tullow Oil plc , a multinational oil and gas exploration and production company with a focus on Africa, in its £607 million ($750 million) rights issue that fully closed on April 27, 2017. The rights issue was fully underwritten by Barclays Bank PLC and J.P. Morgan Securities plc, acting as joint global coordinators, joint sponsors and joint bookrunners, Morgan Stanley acting as joint bookrunner, and BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole CIB and Société Générale acting as co-bookrunners.

January 2017
Scraping the Sky

Troutman Sanders served as lender's counsel for Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC on its origination of a $268.7 million loan through Freddie Mac on behalf of DTH Partners LLC and broker Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Capital Advisors. The loan was used to refinance the existing debt for 20 Exchange Place, a 767-unit luxury apartment building in New York City. Currently the tallest structure south of Wall Street, the 86-year-old property was originally built to house the headquarters of City Bank-Farmer Trust, the predecessor of Citibank.

September 2016
Big Pharma, Big Deal

Troutman Sanders represented Canada's Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc. in its acquisition by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., a unit of Japan's Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co. Ltd., with a value of $635 million in an all-cash transaction. As a part of the deal, Sunovion acquired Cynapsus' drug candidate, APL-130277, which is designed to be a fast acting, easy-to-use, on-demand treatment option for managing OFF episodes associated with Parkinson's disease.

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Troutman Sanders LLP

600 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 5200
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: (404) 885-3000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Stephen E. Lewis
  • Firmwide Development Partner: Stephen W. Riddell
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 637

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $180,000
    Summer associate: $3,000/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    31 out of 34 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Bankruptcy • Corporate • Cybersecurity, Information Governance & Privacy • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation • Environmental & Natural Resources • Finance • Government & Regulatory • Intellectual Property • Labor & Employment • Litigation • Multifamily Housing Finance • Private Wealth Management • Project Development, Acquisition & Finance • Tax

Major Office Locations

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