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2020 Vault Rankings

About Chapman and Cutler LLP

Chicago-based law firm Chapman and Cutler is “Focused on Finance” with a sophisticated financial services practice dating back to the firm’s opening. The firm’s clients include the largest U.S. and foreign financial institutions, investment funds and companies, investment banks, insurance companies, finance and leasing companies, and state and local government bodies.

The Client Opens a Firm

In 1913, Theodore Chapman left his position as counsel for Harris Trust and Savings Bank—which remains a client of the firm to this day—to open his own law office in Chicago. Later that year, Chicago Title and Trust counsel Henry Cutler joined the practice, and Chapman and Cutler was born. The firm remained local to Chicago until 1981, when Chapman and Cutler opened an office in Salt Lake City. The firm has since expanded to San Francisco, New York, Washington, DC, and Charlotte.

Financing Near and Far

Chapman and Cutler maintains industry-leading practices in public finance, investment management, commercial lending, health care finance, structured finance, lease finance, registered investment company funds, insurance company private placements, and bankruptcy and restructuring. It’s no surprise the firm is a leader in finance—its expertise goes back to the firm’s early days, when Chapman himself led the drafting of the Illinois Securities Law of 1919, considered a predecessor to today’s federal securities laws.

The firm is also among the nation’s top law firms when it comes to representing the public sector, which it does through projects in infrastructure, municipal facilities, health care, education, stadium financing, and tax-exempt securities. In Chicago alone, the firm has served as counsel for projects like Chicago O'Hare International Airport, the White Sox's Comiskey Park (now Guaranteed Rate Field), the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Oceanarium at the Shedd Aquarium. But the firm’s reach goes far beyond its home city. The firm has served as counsel for projects like the refinancing of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and the Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium; infrastructure upgrades in Milwaukee and Salt Lake City; and the CommonSpirit health care merger, which generated the largest ever order book for a municipal nonprofit transaction.

Chapman and Cutler offers unique career opportunities designed to foster the financial expertise required for the firm’s cutting-edge financial practices. The firm has a summer finance internship for undergraduates that includes a financial boot camp and real-world problem-solving. The firm also offers a two-year Finance Law Development Program for college graduates interested in finance and law.

Going Green with Green Thumbs

Chapman and Cutler is serious when it comes to going green. The firm has remodeled its office spaces to comply with LEED standards, but it doesn’t stop there. The firm’s initiatives include recycling, reuse, and composting programs and a switch to paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. In addition, the firm has a “Grounds for Gardeners” program that allows employees to take coffee grounds home for use in their gardens.

Chapman and Cutler LLP

111 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 845-3000

Firm Stats

Chief Executive Partner: Timothy P. Mohan
Chief Operating Partner: William M. Libit
Hiring Partner: Amy Cobb Curran
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
150 - 250

Base Salary

Chicago
1st year: $190,000
Summer Associate: $3,654/week New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC
1st year: $190,000 Salt Lake City
1st year: $140,000

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
3 out of 3 (2Ls only) (2019)

No. of Summer Associates:
5 total (3 2Ls; 2 1Ls) (2019)

Employment Contact

Jessica A. Hoffer
Legal Recruiting Manager
(312) 845-3462
hoffer@chapman.com

Major Office Locations

Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL (HQ)
New York, NY
Salt Lake City, UT
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Asset Securitization
Banking and Financial Services
Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Workouts
Commercial Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Corporate Counseling
Corporate Finance and Securities
Environment, Energy and Resources
Federal Government Finance
Fintech and Marketplace Lending
Health Care Finance
Investment Management
Lease Finance
Project Finance
Public Finance
Real Estate
Renewable Energy
Social Finance and Impact Investing
Sports Finance
Taxation
Trusts and Estates
Utility Finance
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.