2019 Vault Rankings
“The focus on mentorship and training”
“The one-office model”
“Collegiality is not just a buzz word—it most certainly exists here”
“Knowing where you stand can be difficult”
“Virtually no paralegal support”
Since 1899, Choate Hall & Stewart has remained a Boston firm through and through. Although smaller in number than its national competitors, Choate attorneys have remained competitive without compromising on the firm’s collaborative mindset and “one office” culture.
Keeping It Local
Once hailed by the Boston Business Journal as one of the best places to work in Beantown, Choate has become a legal force in Massachusetts. In an era of megafirm expansion, Choate has dodged the advances of larger firms looking to merge and has held off takeovers to stay in Boston. The firm says its strategy of maintaining its legal team under one roof allows it to "deliver seamless client service" unmatched by firms with a dozen offices around the U.S. The firm's client list—which encompasses national entities like JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Summit Partners, Merck, Shire, HP, Dell and Fidelity Investments —may provide proof that its strategy has worked.
Focus, Focus, Focus
Choate prides itself in standing apart from other major firms, and one of the ways it does that is through its focused practice areas. Rather than stretching itself thin, the firm specializes in five main areas: complex litigation and investigations; finance and restructuring; life sciences and technology; middle-market private equity/M&A; and wealth management. The firm’s middle-market M&A has been ranked tier 1 by the Legal 500, and the firm has also received tier 1 rankings in Corporate Law and Venture Capital Law by U.S. News Best Law Firms. Solidifying its reputation in Boston, the firm has achieved tier 1 rankings in 32 practice areas in U.S. News Best Law Firms’ regional Boston rankings, including Corporate Law, M&A, Biotechnology, and a variety of litigation practices.
Not Afraid to Commit
Choate doesn’t play coy when it comes to commitment— the Choate Shared Compact outlines the firm’s “people mission,” including its dedication to providing cutting-edge opportunities and useful training. The compact defines partners’ commitment to associates as well as associates’ commitment to partners. A vital part of the compact is the focus on associate feedback. The firm encourages real-time guidance and honors an attorney each quarter who provides stellar feedback, dubbing the attorney a “Feedback All-Star.” And after associates requested a springboard to approach more senior attorneys, the firm implemented “Feedback Fridays” through which associates may attend special Friday events together with another attorney from whom they are seeking feedback.
Two International Place
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 248-5000
Employer Type: Private
Managing Partners: Charles Cheever and William Gelnaw Jr.
Hiring Partners: JP Jaillet, Danielle Pelot, and John Rearick
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 175
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
Summer associate: $3,654/week
13 out of 13 (2Ls) (2018)
Complex Investigations & Litigation
Finance & Restructuring
Life Sciences & Technology Companies