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At a Glance


“The people, from top to bottom”

“The early access to high-level work.”

“The firm is very flexible about working remotely and dress code.”


“The bonus.”

“Unpredictability of workflow”

“The lack of training within specific practice groups.”

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


August 2020

Arent Fox announced the founding of The Center for Racial Equality, an organization dedicated to advancing racial justice by using legal, policy, and advocacy tools to help create a more fair and equitable society.

February 2020

Arent Fox announced that three attorneys have been selected for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2020 Fellows and Pathfinders programs. With more than 320 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners as members, LCLD is working to create a more diverse legal profession.

January 2020

On behalf of a coalition of the nation’s leading organizations dedicated to the care, health, education, well-being, and welfare of children and families, Arent Fox LLP filed an amicus brief in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of the Plaintiff in Jenny Lisette Flores, et al., v. William Barr, Attorney General of the United States, et al.

September 2019

Arent Fox announced its 2019 AF Fellows class, an initiative designed to help attorneys foster effective leadership skills and forge lasting relationships across the firm. This year’s class, the third group in an annual program that launched October 2017, includes 10 talented attorneys with diverse perspectives and experiences.

  • Arent Fox LLP served as outside counsel to Amazon in a naming rights transaction for the new home of Seattle’s NHL team and WNBA’s Seattle Storm. Amazon is calling it the Climate Pledge Arena.
  • Arent Fox LLP represented José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup in negotiations to operate two signature restaurants – and other dining services – in The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad, a $500-million skyscraper in Manhattan slated to open in 2021.
  • Arent Fox’s Fashion & Retail group are representing Maison Valentino Italian and in a joint lawsuit against Kaitlyn Pan Group, LLC and New York resident Hao Pan.Trade
  • On July 14, the U.S. Court of International Trade granted judgment in favor of an importer of steel from Turkey, ruling that there are limits on a president’s power to impose tariffs for national security purposes.
  • Named “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality,” 2020 —Human Rights Campaign
  • Perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index, 2020—Human Rights Campaign Foundation,
  • 43 Arent Fox Attorneys Recognized Among Nation’s Best, 2020—Legal 500
  • The Legal 500 US has rated 43 Arent Fox LLP attorneys as national leaders in their field. In addition, 14 of the firm’s practice areas were ranked among the best in the country, 2020
  • Forbes Names Arent Fox One of America’s Most Recommended Corporate Law Firms, 2019
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 2020:
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

All offices
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $195,000
Summer Associate: $3,654/week

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

No. of U.S. Offices: 5

No. of International Offices: 0

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.