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Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

At a Glance


“Work-life balance.”

“One-on-one working relationships between associates and partners”

“The lawyers: they're brilliant, friendly, interesting, kind, and a pleasure to work with.”


“Somewhat old-fashioned”

“There's room for improvement in our technology offerings”

“Outdated and deficient firm marketing efforts”

About Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

Founded and headquartered on Wall Street since 1854, Carter Ledyard & Milburn is a New York City law firm through and through. Franklin D. Roosevelt was an associate at Carter Ledyard before he became Governor of New York and President of the United States. The firm prides itself on its self-described "can do," "get the deal done" philosophy.

Committed to the City

As a historically New York City firm, Carter Ledyard remains committed to its home base. The firm helped to refinance bonds as part of the World Trade Center Project to rebuild Ground Zero, counseled the Battery Park City Corporation in the renovation of one of the only historic piers left in Manhattan, and has done pro bono work for New Yorkers for Parks regarding land protection issues. Several partners and associates have been elected to and serve on city and environmental boards, including the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York State and Friends of Van Cortlandters for Parks.

Though the firm's New York roots run deep, it is committed to the U.S. on the global stage as well. Its Gateway to America program offers legal counsel to corporations in countries such as Israel, Canada, China, Russia, United Kingdom, and Ireland that want to conduct business in the U.S.

Getting to Know You

With approximately 90 attorneys and at least a 1:1 partner-to-associate ratio, Carter Ledyard emphasizes quality over quantity. All cases are handled by a partner and one or more associates. And for junior associates, this structure means getting direct experience with a variety of partners since first-year associates are not assigned to a practice area. With one main partner contact, first years can receive assignments across practice areas and get to know the firm’s work before concentrating on one specific area. The firm aims to guide juniors via on-the-job feedback and two evaluations each year.

A Firm of Many Talents

Carter Ledyard has a range of expertise under its belt. Among the firm’s fortes is advising financial institutions regarding restrictive covenants and non-compete litigation. The firm advises clients in the medical device and biotech fields—such as CooperSurgical, Inc. and Trinity Biotech PLC—on transactional matters and litigation. Also among its work is handling bond litigation for BNY Mellon and representing Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC in trademark matters and litigation. Carter Ledyard also advised the Long Island Power Authority on the Long Island Solar Farm, the biggest solar energy project in the state of New York, and Spectra Energy Corp. in the creation of natural gas transportation infrastructure in the New York and New Jersey areas.


September 2018

Carter Ledyard partner Bryan J. Hall was recognized at M&A Advisor’s 2018 Emerging Leaders Summit held in New York on September 14, 2018 for his achievements in the M&A industry. The Emerging Leaders Awards recognize M&A, Financing, and Turnaround professionals under the age of 40 who have reached a significant level of success.

May 2018

On May 24, 2018, Carter Ledyard client Global SC Finance IV Limited completed an offering of $196 million of fixed rate asset backed notes. Global SC Finance IV Limited is a subsidiary of Seaco SRL, one of the world’s leading marine container leasing companies. Carter Ledyard partners James Gadsden and Andris J. Vizbaras and associates Anup Khatri and Brielle Kilmartin represented Global SC Finance IV Limited with assistance from Marc Kushner, Jerome J. Caulfield, Steven Paul McSloy, Leonardo Trivigno, and Mary Winchurch Brown.

October 2017

Carter Ledyard hosted a roundtable discussion and networking reception on October 26, 2017 focused on cybersecurity issues facing the financial services industry. The event brought together more than thirty representatives of broker dealers, investments advisers, money managers, hedge funds, banks, and other financial institutions. Carter Ledyard attorneys John M. Griem, Jr. and Valentino Vasi hosted the event. Carter Ledyard is hosting another cybersecurity panel and reception in the fall of 2018.

Why Work Here

Carter Ledyard successfully combines a sophisticated, full-service Wall Street legal practice with a collaborative environment where friendliness and professionalism are compatible. We have a diverse and international clientele, with substantial portions of the firm’s matters coming from overseas-based clients and their U.S. affiliates, financial institutions and other financial services providers, governmental entities, industrial and technology companies and affluent individuals and families. Our international focus is exemplified by our commitment to provide a Gateway to America® for our foreign clients. Our association with the Meritas® and Legalink legal networks provides us with access to capable and knowledgeable colleagues in the U.S. and around the world and allows us to assist those colleagues with their New York based matters.

Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

2 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 732-3200


Managing Partner: Judith Wallace
Hiring Partner: Austin D. Keyes

Base Salary

1st year: $137,500

Major Office Locations

New York, NY (2 offices)

Major Departments & Practices

Art Law
Banking and Commercial Lending
Canada Cross-Border
Capital Markets and Leveraged Finance Practice
China Cross-Border
Corporate Trust
Distressed Debt
Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Plan Investments Under ERISA
Employment Law
Energy Project Development and Finance
Environmental and Land Use
Fashion Law
Fiduciary Litigation
Financial Institutions Regulatory and Enforcement
Hotels and Resorts
Insolvency and Creditors' Rights
Intellectual Property
Internal Investigations and White-Collar Defense
International Arbitration
International Business
Israeli Cross-Border
Legal Audit and Investigation
Litigation and Disputes
Mergers and Acquisitions
Native American Law
Personal Tax Planning for Individuals
Real Estate
Tax-Exempt Organizations
Tax-Exempt Organizations Real Estate
Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants
Trusts & Estates
Turkey Cross-Border