Ropes & Gray LLP
VAULT RANKINGS 2013
• "Boston's best"
• "Good culture"
• "Very difficult to get hired"
NEWS AND UPDATES
• "Pretty humane for a BigLaw firm"
• "Great colleagues, great clients"
• "Courteous, considerate and professional culture"
• "Lack of clarity on firm management incentives and partnership criteria"
• "You don't always know where you stand"
• "Lack of work"
ABOUT THIS COMPANY:
A Boston institution since 1865, Ropes & Gray has expanded in every measurable way in the 21st century, acquiring smaller boutique firms in the States while claiming new turf in Asia and Europe. Known for its corporate work, the firm has adapted to law’s accelerated globalization by bolstering practice areas such as intellectual property, litigation, life sciences, and health care.
Branching Out from Beantown
John Codman Ropes and John Chipman Gray, a couple of Harvard Law School grads, founded the firm after each had already made a name for himself on the Boston legal scene.Become a Gold Member or Log in to read the entire Scoop
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History: A crimson beginning
Ropes & Gray was founded in in Boston in 1865 - the last year of the Civil War—by Harvard Law School grads John Codman Ropes and John Chipman Gray, Jr. The firm rapidly grew along with Boston: Ropes was representing banks, utilities, and railroads at the turn of the century. Despite its blue-blooded background, the firm set early examples of progressive hiring practices with an eye toward diversity. Abram Berkowitz became the firm's first Jewish partner in 1930, and rose to serve on the firm's management committee. Mary Lennon and Blanche Quaid became the firm's first female associates in 1942.