2021 Vault Rankings
- New York#32
At a Glance
“Partners are friendly and approachable.”
“The firm could improve in partnership prospects transparency.”
“Physical offices are not the best and could use renovations.”
About Clifford Chance US LLP
With 2,500 lawyers across more than 30 offices around the globe, Clifford Chance is a legal behemoth. The firm boasts a growing practice in the U.S. and a global reputation that shines.
Brits and Yanks
The modern Clifford Chance was created in 1987 when giant U.K. firms Coward Chance and Clifford Turner merged, creating an entity The Times of London called “the country’s first mega law firm.” Indeed, Clifford Chance was twice as large as the firm that had previously been the U.K.’s largest: Linklaters & Paines. Over the years, Clifford Chance has opened offices and built client lists around the world, adopting a cross-border focus well before such an outlook became commonplace. At the same time, the firm grew from hundreds of attorneys to thousands, which enabled it to take on several major deals and cases and to work on them simultaneously.
Starting in the 1990s, Clifford Chance trailblazed the way forward for international firms practicing U.S. law. Now almost two decades removed from its merger with New York litigation powerhouse Rogers & Wells, Clifford Chance is a thriving, full-service U.S. firm with nearly 300 lawyers and offices in New York and Washington, DC. According to the firm, its U.S. practice is currently the firm’s No. 1 priority.
Delivering the Best
Today, Clifford Chance has 32 offices spanning key markets across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, with a particularly strong reputation in the financial sector. The firm offers substantive experience in a wide array of practice areas and industry sectors, including banking and finance, capital markets, corporate, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate, and tax pensions, and employment. The firm also offers numerous cross-practice areas, such as Latin America (which includes energy and infrastructure, M&A, and capital markets), regulatory, and technology (which includes fintech).
First years in the firm’s transactional practice enter the Clifford Chance Transactional Pool for two-and-a-half years and can receive assignments in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate, and real estate. A dedicated assignment team oversees the pool and aims to provide associates with assignments that align with their long-term goals.
Lawyers at the firm can also make their practice more efficient by calling on the firm’s Best Delivery team. According to the firm, “These specialists focus on continuous improvement, project management, and legal technology to help make the practice of law more efficient and allow our associates to better focus on the legal aspects of each matter.”
Commitment by Committee
Looking to improve diversity? Clifford Chance has a committee for that. The firm’s Diversity Committee is comprised of five subcommittees: the Asian and Pacific Islanders Subcommittee; the Black and Latino Subcommittee; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans+ (LGBT+) Subcommittee (known as Arcus); Veterans and Affiliates (known as CliffVets); and the Women’s Subcommittee. The firm is vocal about its commitment to creating a diverse workplace and put its money where its mouth is in 2018 when it achieved Mansfield Certification.
As a people-based business, our primary focus is to ensure the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and their families. We have established global business continuity procedures, which include working remotely and adopting technology to support collaboration, connection and professional development, both within the Firm and with our clients.
Clifford Chance is taking precautions seriously and closely monitoring the situation, following all relevant government and WHO advice to ensure that we are ready to adapt to the latest guidance. As a result, we are finding new and innovative ways to approach recruitment. On June 1, the 2020 US Summer Law Clerks joined our first-ever virtual summer program, bringing together our NY, DC, Hong Kong, London and Frankfurt joiners. We got creative and developed a program that allowed our Summer Law Clerks to engage in interactive training and networking opportunities, gain hands-on work experience, communicate frequently with partner and associate mentors and, ultimately, learn just what sets Clifford Chance apart. As we prepare for the upcoming recruitment season, we are dedicated to staying in touch with potential candidates by working closely with affinity groups from our partner law schools and planning virtual networking opportunities. For all other career opportunities, you can keep up-to-date by visiting our jobs portal. If you have any questions about our recruitment process, please visit our contact us page for information on how to get in touch.
News & Awards
Clifford Chance stands with the Black Lives Matter movement, and as a first step, the firm is doubling funding to the Equal Justice Initiative. Read the firm’s call to action for racial equality from the Clifford Chance leadership team on the firm’s website.
Five lawyers were promoted to the Clifford Chance partnership in the Americas: Alistair Dunlop—Capital Markets; Analisa Dillingham—Insurance/MA; John Friel—Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Jeanne Roig-Irwin—Real Estate; Paul Koppel—ERISA.
Four lateral partners join Clifford Chance over the past 12 months. David Goldstein joined as a partner in the firm's Private Funds Group; Peter Mucchetti joined as a partner in the Americas Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice from the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division; Michael Bonsignore joined as a partner in the Americas Corporate group; Michelle McGreal joined Clifford Chance's U.S. Financial Restructuring group.
Clifford Chance announced its pro bono partnership with the Human Rights Campaign ("HRC") to bring strategic impact litigation in support of LGBT+ rights and equality worldwide. Clifford Chance will serve as international legal partner in this initiative, working jointly with Washington-based HRC to advocate for change and hold organizations and governments that discriminate against the LGBT+ community accountable.
- Clifford Chance advised Ecuador's issuance of a US$400 million social bond. Proceeds from the social bond will be used to boost Casa para Todos, Ecuador's social housing project. Casa para Todos provides affordable housing for medium- to low-income families.
- Clifford Chance advised GE in obtaining U.S. and global merger clearance in connection with the US$21.4 billion sale of its BioPharma business to Danaher.
- Clifford Chance delivered its Report on an extensive anti-money laundering and OFAC sanctions investigation into major Swedish bank Swedbank AB (publ) (Swedbank) to the Swedbank Board of Directors.
- Clifford Chance advised the underwriters Wells Fargo Securities, Citigroup, JMP Securities and Raymond James on the IPO of Velocity Financial Inc. (NYSE: VEL).
- Ranked No. 1 in the 2019 Chambers Survey for “Most Satisfied Associates” and “Best Firm for Diversity”
- Ranked No. 3 in the 2020 Vault Annual Associate Survey for “Best Firm to Work For”
- Mansfield 2.0 Certification (pioneering U.S. firm) and participating in the 3.0 version
- Seven Practices ranked Tier 1: US: REITs, Tax: Financial Products, Transport: Aviation and Air travel, Projects: Agency Financing LatAm: Projects (LatAm Wide), International Firms—Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A, Projects and Energy
- “Law Firm of the Year” awards in Derivatives and RMBS (both: GlobalCapital), Fund Formation (PERE), US Export Controls (WorldECR), US Insurance Group (Reactions)—2019
31 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 878-8000
Managing Partner: Matthew Layton
U.S. Managing Partner: Evan Cohen
Recruiting Chairs: Nicholas R. Williams & Steve Nickelsburg
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
2.5K - 3K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
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
9th year+: $350,000
Summer associate: $7,916.67/semi-monthly
Nicholas R. Williams
Hiring Partner, New York
Hiring Partner, Washington, DC
Global recruiting contacts at cliffordchance.com/usrecruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 2
No. of International Offices: 30
New York, NY
Washington, DC I Abu Dhabi
Banking & Finance
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Tax, Pensions & Employment
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.