2021 Vault Rankings
- Firm Culture#26
At a Glance
“My colleagues are the best part of my job.”
“Type of work.”
“Not being paid at market salary.”
“Quality work distribution.”
“Same things as any BigLaw firm: long hours and little free time.”
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 practices. 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. The firm’s 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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 summer associate program was revised to a virtual 4-week program with the summer associates all receiving an additional fifth week of pay and a guaranteed offer to return as a 2L summer associate or first year associate. We anticipate our 2021 summer program to return to our standard 10-week length.
News & Awards
CBS News’ “48 Hours” featured Crowell & Moring pro bono client Crosley Green in an investigative journalism program on April 18. The episode, “Crosley Green’s Hard Time,” reported on Green’s decades-long fight to prove his innocence in the 1989 murder of Charles “Chip” Flynn Jr.
Green has been imprisoned for over 30 years, including 19 years on Florida’s death row, while maintaining his innocence. Crowell & Moring has represented Green pro bono since 2008. On September 5, 1990, an all-white jury convicted Green of first-degree murder of Flynn, a 22-year-old man in Titusville, FL, and sentenced him to death. In 2009, Crowell & Moring won Green’s release from death row. He is currently serving a life sentence. In 2018, the firm secured a critical victory in the case when a federal court in Orlando, Fla., granted Green’s petition for habeas corpus. The court found that Green’s constitutional rights were violated when Brevard County, Fla., prosecutors withheld key exculpatory evidence of Green’s innocence in his 1990 trial for the murder of Flynn. The state of Florida is appealing the ruling, arguing that Green should not be granted a new trial. The case is currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity named Ellen Moran Dwyer of Crowell & Moring as 2020 chair, leading one of the nation’s pioneer organizations promoting diversity in the legal profession. Ellen Dwyer serves as the Chair of Crowell & Moring’s executive committee.
- Secured an 8-1 Supreme Court victory for Maine Community Health Options in a landmark $13 billion Affordable Care Act case on the government’s failure to make risk corridor payments to insurers.
- Helped secure a $45 billion public-private partnership for AT&T to build the nation’s first public safety broadband system.
- Won a first-ever bench trial on whether estoppel based on an earlier inter partes review before the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board applies to new prior art references asserted in district court litigation.
- Represents Blue Cross Blue Shield in an antitrust multi-district litigation with billions of dollars at stake.
- 53 lawyers in 62 rankings across 33 categories were ranked in the Chambers USA 2020 Guide
- Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group Named a 2020 "Practice Group of the Year" by Law360 for the Tenth Consecutive Year
- Crowell & Moring received the 2020 “Tipping the Scale” award from the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance for having a diverse 2019 partner class that consisted of 50 percent or more women.
- Best Lawyers ranked Crowell & Moring in 48 practice areas in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings. The firm has seven practices ranked nationally in Tier 1 and 18 total at the national level.
- The National Law Journal named Crowell & Moring to the 2020 Pro Bono Hot List, an annual list of the law firms and lawyers who “are dedicated to making a monumental impact on the lives of those in need.”
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595
Phone: (202) 624-2500
Chair: Philip T. Inglima
Hiring Partner: Chahira Solh
Hiring Partner: Tom Lorenzen
1st 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
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No. of U.S. Offices: 5
No. of International Offices: 3
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