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Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

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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.

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.

Getting to Know You

With approximately 90 attorneys and at least a 1:2 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.

COVID-19 Update

While COVID-19 safety protocols have limited us to remote interviewing of potential candidates, our approach to recruiting for entry-level and lateral attorneys has not otherwise changed. We continue to recruit for entry-level and lateral associate positions on an “as needed” basis and target those candidates who are sincerely interested in the firm and who have the requisite skills and experience to meet our hiring needs. When permitted and prudent, we plan to return to our offices and re-start face-to-face interviewing.

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

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Judith Wallace
Lateral Hiring Partner: Stephen Plotnick
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
50 - 100
No. of Partners Named 2021:

Base Salary

1st year: $140,000

Employment Contact

June Chotoo
Director of Recruitment and Attorney Development
(212) 238-8744

No. of U.S. Offices: 2

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

New York, NY (2 offices)

Major Departments

Banking and Commercial Lending
Capital Markets and Leveraged Finance Practice
Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Plan Investments Under ERISA
Employment Law
Energy Project Development and Finance
Environmental and Land Use
Financial Institutions Regulatory and Enforcement
Intellectual Property
Internal Investigations and White Collar Defense
International Business
Litigation and Disputes
Mergers and Acquisitions
Real Estate
Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants
Trusts & Estates
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries