2020 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#25
At a Glance
“The commitment to pro bono.”
“The people are approachable, friendly, and kind.”
“The quality of the work is fantastic.”
“Lack of transparency in leadership decisions.”
“The hours can be rough sometimes.”
About Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (you can call it “Arnold & Porter”) is home to more than 1,000 lawyers across 14 offices around the globe (plus an operations center in Tallahassee). The firm practices in more than 30 areas and is particularly well known for its antitrust, appellate litigation, environmental, and securities litigation practices, as well as its cross-border work.
Let’s Get Together
Washington, DC, giant Arnold & Porter combined with New York’s Kaye Scholer in 2017, creating Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. The merger combined the best of both worlds: a DC firm known for its top-ranked practices—including antitrust, regulatory, and litigation—and a New York firm recognized by Vault and others for its stellar associate quality of life.
Today, Arnold & Porter continues its top-notch antitrust work, handling a full range of complex and critical antitrust matters, including transactions, government investigations, cartel matters, strategic counseling, and class action litigation. The firm’s lawyers have helped clients obtain antitrust clearance for some of the largest M&A deals, including: Kroger in its $2.5 billion merger with Harris Teeter; General Electric in the $32 billion combination of GE Oil & Gas with Baker Hughes; and AT&T in its $49 billion acquisition of DIRECTV. The firm also has a strong antitrust litigation practice whose successes include defending the Golden State Warriors in an antitrust suit brought by StubHub and defending HarperCollins and Random House in multiple private retailer litigations following on government investigations into the sale of e-books. Unsurprisingly, Arnold & Porter holds the No. 2 spot in Vault’s Antitrust Practice Area ranking.
Arnold & Porter also boasts a strong environmental law practice—the firm is primary environmental counsel to BP with regard to the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil spill. The firm handles litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters in a range of areas, including air quality, contaminated sites, infrastructure, toxic torts, natural resource damages, and more. Arnold & Porter is also one of eight founding firms of "Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy” through which the firm has pledged to dedicate at least $2 million worth of pro bono work to matters involving sustainability by the end of 2020.
Recognized for its M&A work, Arnold & Porter works with clients through all aspects of the acquisition, including structuring the transaction, negotiating, handling regulatory issues, and integrating after the fact. Clients also call upon the firm for its capital markets experience—the firm works on everything from IPOs to PIPE transactions to Rule 144A offerings to shelf offerings, as well as global offerings like Regulation S offerings and Eurobond. In both its M&A and capital markets work, the firm stays attuned to regulatory issues that may arise.
One of Arnold & Porter’s traditions is a “Garden Room” within each office. The firm hosts gatherings at the close of the business day where lawyers can gather for drinks and snacks. In the Washington, DC, office, these happy hours occur every weeknight, while other offices hold them weekly.
News & Awards
Arnold & Porter took legal proceedings against the U.S. government on behalf of eight asylum-seeking mothers separated from their children at the U.S. border. The firm’s team said the government intentionally subjected the families to trauma that will have long-term implications. Claims were filed against the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services and detail the intense suffering the families endured as a result of the policy.
In a groundbreaking decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in favor of the firm’s pro bono clients in, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania v. Commonwealth. The Court struck down Pennsylvania's congressional districting map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander exclusively under the Pennsylvania Constitution. The Financial Times recognized the case in their Innovative Lawyers Awards for originality, leadership, and impact of a law firm's work.
In the first half of 2019, the firm opened offices in Newark, New Jersey, and Seoul, Korea. The Newark office is led by Paul J. Fishman, former U.S. Attorney and head of the firm’s Crisis Management and Strategic Response Team. Joining him is white collar defense lawyer and civil litigator John M. Fietkiewicz, former Counsel to the U.S. Attorney. The new location will build on existing business relationships and enhance practice capabilities across industries. The Seoul office is led by partners James K. Lee, Jun Hee Kim, and Kyungseok Kim, working closely with colleagues across the firm's global network and diverse practices to represent Korean clients on matters including intellectual property, antitrust, compliance, and export controls.
Arnold & Porter’s Corporate & Finance and Tax teams advised Pfizer Inc. on its joint creation of Cerevel Therapeutics, LLC, a new biopharmaceutical company with Bain Capital, LP. Pfizer and Bain Capital will support Cerevel in expanding treatment options for disorders including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Cerevel will continue to develop Pfizer compounds and discovery and research programs.
- Obtained final summary judgment for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Sanofi-Aventis ending 12 years of Plavix litigation without a single trial.
- Secured over $35 million in damages for Boston Scientific Corporation in a complex patent case.
- Advised on the merger control aspects of acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer, the largest completed all-cash takeover in history.
- Secured a unanimous final damages award of approximately $800 million, among the largest in ICSID history, for Turkish energy company Karkey.
- Arnold & Porter Received Mansfield Plus Certification for Promoting Diversity in Leadership Pipelines
- Chambers USA 2019 - 95 Attorneys and 48 Practices Ranked
- Legal 500 2019 - 44 Practices and 147 Attorneys Recognized
- Working Mother magazine’s “100 Best Companies” (The firm has been included on the list 19 times.)
- Antitrust/Competition, Government Contracts, and Product Liability Practices named to Law360’s 2018 Practice Groups of the Year
Why Work Here
Summer Associate Program: We hire Summer Associates with the expectation that they will be invited to join us as associates after law school. Summer Associates at Arnold & Porter experience first-hand the firm's strong commitment to excellence, diversity and inclusion, pro bono work, and professional development. Our Summer Associates choose us because of:
- The depth and breadth of the practice areas we offer and the ability to try a variety of practice areas over the course of the summer.
- The firm’s unwavering commitment to pro bono and diversity and inclusion.
- The small size of our Summer Associate class in comparison to similarly sized firms.
601 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 942-5000
Chairman: Richard M. Alexander
Hiring Partners: Ellen Kaye Fleishhacker, Kate Schumacher, and Darren Skinner
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
1K - 1.5K
All US Offices
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer associate: $3,655/week
Summer Associate Offers:
57 out of 57 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
65 total (57 2Ls; 8 1Ls) (2018)
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Corporate & Finance
Government Contracts & National Security
Intellectual Property & Technology
Labor & Employment
Legislative & Public Policy
Life Sciences & Healthcare Regulatory
Securities Enforcement and Litigation
White Collar Litigation
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.