2020 Vault Rankings
- Firm Culture#14
- Pro Bono#29
At a Glance
“The culture and the people that work here are great on a personal level.”
“Not getting paid market for equivalent work.”
“Discretion in compensation.”
“Sometimes the workload is very inconsistent, though that is true everywhere.”
About Crowell & Moring LLP
Founded 40 years ago, Crowell & Moring has 550 lawyers spread down the east and west coasts, as well as two offices in Europe. The majority of the firm’s lawyers are litigators (2/3 to be exact), but the firm also has attorneys working in its transactional, regulatory, and investigations practice. The firm also has a mascot—a rubber duck—which is a prime example of the firm’s sense of humor.
When Jones Day tried to oust Eldon “Took” Crowell and his team of government contract lawyers in 1979, he left with a bang, taking with him a group of more than 50 attorneys, or 2/3 of the firm’s Washington attorneys—an event The Washington Post referred to as “The Split.” The new firm specialized in negotiating large government contracts with corporations. Took Crowell was considered one of Washington's keenest experts on government contracts, and his clients included Boeing, United Technologies, Honeywell, IBM, Northrop, and Lockheed. Crowell served as chair of the firm until 1984. A decade later, Rosemary Collyer became chair for the firm and the first woman to lead a major Washington, DC, law firm. She is now a senior judge on the District Court for District of Columbia and the Chief Justice of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Crowell & Moring works in a wide range of practices, handling litigation, regulatory, arbitration, and transactional matters for clients of all sizes, from major corporations to startups to private individuals. The firm has advised on one of the world's largest telecommunications mergers, as well as represented governments and corporations in international arbitration matters. More than just a law firm, Crowell houses C&M International, a subsidiary that provides international trade and investment consulting services.
The firm’s litigation practice is active in federal, state, and appellate courts; administrative tribunals; and before arbitration panels throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and South America. Among the firm’s key cases was its representation of Enron Creditors Recovery Corporation in its suit against two global financial institutions; the case yielded the largest bankruptcy settlement in U.S. history at the time, valued at over $4 billion.
Crowell & Moring also boasts a first-rate government contracts group, which has received a top ranking by Chambers USA since this ranking was established. The group has a 40-year history, managing contract formation issues and strategies, bid protests, contract interpretation and performance disputes, post-performance audits, and fraud investigations.
The firm also has a Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) practice, which advises both developers and end users on litigation, regulatory, and transactional issues arising in this area. In May 2017, Crowell & Moring played a hand in the world’s largest investment in distributed ledger technology to date. The firm served as lead legal counsel to R3, a financial technology innovator. More than 40 financial institutions and other companies invested a combined $107 million in R3, including Intel, Barclays, Citi, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo.
Consulting the Crystal Ball
While the legal industry has long been playing catch-up in the world of social media, Crowell has been leading the pack. Their content branches from blogs (international trade, data law, government contracts, and health among them) to podcasts (government contracts, bid protests, and False Claims Act) to a YouTube Channel packed with webinars, on top of the requisite LinkedIn and Twitter presences. The firm also puts out Litigation and Regulatory forecasts every year, digital magazines aimed at predicting the future of litigation and regulatory law. We predict the future brings…a lot of interesting content.
News & Awards
In 2019, the firm expended its London office, with the arrival of Robert Weekes, former managing partner of the Squire Patton Boggs London office and five additional partners. The group assists clients with restructuring, insolvency, and infrastructure transactions.
The firm hired 11 lawyers and professionals from Bryan Cave, including its entire Shanghai office. The new additions include four senior international trade and global employment lawyers in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as well as seven trade, transactions and tax professionals in Shanghai. They join our global policy and regulatory affairs consulting affiliate Crowell & Moring International, but the firm has applied to open an office in Shanghai.
Two antitrust deals in which the firm served as counsel were named winners at Global Competition Review’s annual GCR Awards: The AT&T/Time Warner merger was named “Merger Control Matter of the Year: Americas,” and United Technologies’ (UTC) $30 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins was named “Merger Control Matter of the Year: Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.”
Crowell & Moring launched an elite New York Health Care Practice in October 2018 with the arrival of nine highly regarded lawyers from one of the region’s top health care practices, which was named by American Lawyer as one of the “Top 25 Lateral Moves of 2018.”
- Helped secure a $45 billion public-private partnership for AT&T to build the nation’s first public safety broadband system.
- Represented Key Safety Systems throughout its acquisition of airbag giant, Takata, resulting in Joyson Safety Systems.
- Represents Blue Cross Blue Shield in an antitrust multi-district litigation with billions of dollars at stake.
- Handling cases related to risk corridors and cost-sharing reduction payments owed to insurers under the Affordable Care Act.
- Partnered with HP as one of their primary outside counsel on issues related to their 3D printing business.
- Advised senior lenders negotiating with the British government to prevent British Steel, the UK's second-largest steel producer, from going out of business.
- Working Mother “Best Law Firms for Women” List for Seventh Consecutive Year
- 100 Percent Rating on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for Eighth Consecutive Year
- Financial Times FT Innovative Lawyers North America: Top Ten Most Innovative Law Firms for Legal Expertise and one of the “Most Innovative Firms for Business of Law”
- ABA Death Penalty Representation Project’s “Exceptional Service Award”
- Law360 2018 Best Firms for Minority Attorneys (among firms with 300-500 lawyers)
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 624-2500
Chair: Philip T. Inglima
Hiring Partner: Chahira Solh
All offices1st year: $180,000
2nd year: $190,000
3rd year: $210,000
4th year: $235,000
5th year: $260,000
6th year: Merit-based
Summer associate: $3,077/week
Summer Associate Offers:
19 out of 20 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
21 total (20 2Ls; 1 1L) (2018)
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New York, NY
Orange County, CA
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