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Arent Fox LLP

2020 Vault Rankings

At a Glance


“Extremely cohesive team, where everyone appreciates and supports everyone else.”

“Flexibility on working remotely.”

“Work/life balance.”



“The hours can be intense from time to time.”

“Lack of transparency.”

About Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox has developed a symbiotic relationship with the nation’s capital over the past 75 years. In addition to real estate, patent, trademark, and finance work, the firm also takes justifiable pride in its litigation, health care, and regulatory practices. With more than 450 lawyers and strengths across core practice areas, the firm’s client roster ranges from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations.

Fab Five

A quintet of Beltway insiders pooled their legal and political resources to shape Arent Fox into a Capitol institution over its first 30 years. Henry Fox, the main man behind the firm’s foundation in 1942, laid the first stones in labor, government contract, and administrative specialties—in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Fox secured overtime pay for public employees who had worked without additional pay on legal holidays during World War II. Albert Arent, Edwin Kahn, Harry Plotkin, and Earl Kintner rounded out the founding members. The names of all five men graced the firm’s nameplate until 2004, when management opted for today’s more marketing-friendly moniker.

From Real Estate to Health Care

Arent Fox counsels in four main practices: business, IP, litigation and dispute resolution, and regulatory and government compliance. The firm works in more than a dozen industries ranging from cannabis and construction to health care and life sciences to real estate and sports, plus many more.

The firm is well known for its real estate practice, which works with a range of clients, including capital investors, developers, lenders, owners, and REITs. Among the areas the firm works in are acquisitions and dispositions, construction and development, finance, joint ventures, land use and zoning, leasing, private equity, public-private partnerships, REITs, and tax.

On the health care front, the firm is a destination for health care providers, with attorneys who previously worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Justice. The firm counsels on everything from the Affordable Care Act to HIPPA to regulatory matters to telemedicine—and everything in between.

Good Morning, Senator

DC can draw a certain ambitious personality type, and Arent Fox is no exception. The firm counts numerous senators among its alumni, including Bob Bennett (Utah), Dale Bumpers (Arkansas), John Culver (Iowa), Jim Talent (Missouri), Fred Thompson (Tennessee), and John Thune (South Dakota). Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (North Dakota) currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor at the firm. The House of Representatives is also well represented at Arent Fox, with former U.S. Congressman Phil English (Pennsylvania) serving as co-chair of the firm’s Government Relations practice, along with Senator Dorgan.

News & Awards


May 2019

RAICES, Arent Fox LLP, and Aldea PJC have filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on behalf of a group of 26 plaintiffs who fled life-threatening violence in their home countries to seek asylum in the United States.

January 2019

Arent Fox LLP announced the addition of seven lawyers from Kay & Merkle, a San Francisco-based commercial, real estate, automotive, and litigation firm with deep ties in the Bay Area.

December 2018

Arent Fox LLP and Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP announced that they reached a formal agreement to merge, effective January 1, 2019. The merger marked Arent Fox’s first expansion into the Boston market.

October 2018

Arent Fox LLP announced its 2018 AF Fellows class, an initiative designed to help attorneys foster effective leadership skills and forge lasting relationships across the firm.

  • Facebook: The firm’s Land Use team advises Facebook on the strategy and entitlement aspects of the tech company’s massive new headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley.
  • Fannie Mae: Arent Fox represented Fannie Mae—a long-standing client—in the $1 billion portfolio financing of 120 manufactured housing properties.
  • Mars: The firm is the primary trademark, copyright, privacy, and ecommerce counsel for the global confectionary and pet food manufacturer.
  • Fresenius: The nation’s largest provider of dialysis services and products turns to Arent Fox for counsel on ERISA and managed care disputes, arbitration, and litigation.
  • Arent Fox earned top marks in HRC’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index.
  • Arent Fox rated by Law360 as one of the Country’s Best Law Firms for Women Partners.
  • 45 Arent Fox attorneys recognized Among Nation’s Best by The Legal 500 in 2019.
  • Arent Fox named Sports Practice Group of the Year by Law360.
Arent Fox LLP

1717 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 857-6000

Firm Stats

Chairman: Mark M. Katz
Managing Partner: Cristina Carvalho
Hiring Attorneys: Cristina Carvalho (Firmwide); Aaron Jacoby (Los Angeles); Andrew Silfen (New York); Richard Brand (San Francisco)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
250 - 500

Base Salary

All offices
1st year: $170,000
2nd year: $175,000
3rd year: $200,000
4th year: $225,000
Summer associate: $3,270/week

Summer Program

No. of Summer Associates:
12 total (All 2Ls) (2019)

Employment Contact

Washington, DC
Libby Tracy
Attorney Recruitment and Development Manager
(202) 715-8503
Lauren Battaglia
Attorney Recruitment and Development Manager
(213) 629-7411
New York
Erica Rice
Attorney Recruitment and Development Manager
(212) 484-3983

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC (HQ)

Major Departments

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
Complex Litigation
Corporate & Securities
Fashion & Retail
Food, Drug, Medical Device, & Cosmetic
Government Enforcement & White Collar
Government Relations
Health Care
International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
International Trade
Labor & Employment
Life Sciences
Long Term Care & Senior Living
Real Estate
White Collar & Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.