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At a Glance


“The people are terrific and the work is very interesting.”

“Good work-life balance.”


“Long hours.”

“Some tech is dated.”

About Foley Hoag LLP

Hailing from the land of red socks and chowder, Foley Hoag has stayed close to its Boston roots. With only four locations—in Massachusetts, New York, DC, and Paris—the firm is smaller than many of its BigLaw competitors. But Foley Hoag has made a name for itself with its strong practice and progressive history.

A Diverse Foundation

Foley Hoag began during the Second World War when Henry Foley and Garrett Hoag set up shop in Boston in 1943. As the firm progressed, so did its commitment to diversity. In 1979 the late Charles J. Beard II was named partner at Foley Hoag, becoming the first African American to be named partner in a Boston law firm. Beard specialized in cable television regulation and business law and also served for many years on the firm’s Hiring Committee and as the firm’s marketing partner. In 1980, The Foley Hoag Foundation launched; it was the first—and remains the only—foundation established to focus exclusively on the improvement of race relations in Boston. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in grants to more than 300 organizations. The Foundation’s mission has recently broadened to support programs addressing inequality in its various forms, including racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in both Greater Boston and metropolitan Washington, DC.

Innovating in Bean Town

Foley Hoag works across dozens of practice areas, including bankruptcy, corporate, energy, environmental law, IP, international litigation and arbitration, and litigation. The firm has a strong environmental law practice, which includes counseling on hazardous waste, industrial and mining projects, recycling strategies, renewable energy, and waste management, as well as advising on regulatory matters. 

Another bright spot at the firm is its international arbitration practice. The firm’s lawyers have experience with arbitration laws across the globe and advise across a host of industries, such as banking and financial services, construction, cyber security, employment, gas pricing, IP licensing, joint venture projects, telecommunications, and more.

The firm is also well known for its entrepreneurial services practice. Its Boston headquarters is located in the Seaport District—Boston’s new “innovation district” and the center of the region’s emerging companies and venture capital communities.

Pro Bono Presence

Foley Hoag’s pro bono program has been a centerpiece of the firm since its representation of the plaintiffs in the 1970s lawsuit that brought desegregation to the Boston public schools. On average, pro bono projects total approximately five percent of the firm’s total work, and firm attorneys regularly average more than 100 hours each of pro bono annually, all of which count toward that all-important billable-hour requirement. Foley Hoag’s pro bono projects cover a wide range of topics, including political asylum, civil rights, and fair housing.

COVID-19 Update

Foley Hoag hosted a 10-week summer program in 2021. The first nine weeks of the program were held remotely, and we replicated elements of our traditional program with client work assignments, training programs, and weekly social events. Consistent with prior years, our summer associates benefited from one-on-one mentors and “buddy” teams. We added events to introduce them to the firm and ensure they made connections with our lawyers. Summer associates were encouraged to join affinity group meetings and attended client-related events focused on diversity. We then brought all of the summer associates to Boston for the final week of the program, and hosted social events and lunches to allow them to spend time getting to know each other and the firm’s lawyers on a more personal level.

All campus and callback interviews for our 2022 summer program have been held remotely, but some candidates have visited our offices and met with lawyers in person at the students’ request.

News & Awards


• Engaged by Spotify to develop a risk-based analysis, human rights assessment and digital rights-based impact study related to their entry into select global markets.
• Represented Vineyard Wind LLC in the company’s bids for long-term contracts for the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the United States.
• Represented Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in patent litigation against Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ono Pharmaceutical, and 2018 Nobel Prize winner Tasuku Honjo concerning inventorship and ownership of groundbreaking patents directed to PD-1/PD-L1 cancer immunotherapy. Obtained judgment making Dana-Farber a co-owner of all the patents. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed and the United States Supreme Court denied Defendants’ petition for writ of certiorari.
• Represented GreenLight Biosciences in a $1.2 billion SPAC business combination with Environmental Impact Acquisition Corp. that will result in GreenLight becoming a publicly listed company.

  • Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality, 2021—Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, perfect score of 100
  • 32 Ranked Lawyers in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2021
  • Top Firm for Part-Time Options, 2021—Yale Law Women
  • Tipping the Scales Award, 2020—Diversity and Flexibility Alliance
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Empowerment Award, 2020—Boston Bar Association (honored as part of the Beacon Awards COVID Relief Coalition)

Why Work Here

Foley Hoag's Unique Culture

Put simply, “Foley Hoag is a great place to work.” With a unique combination of substantive work, “wonderful” mentors and consistent work-life balance, associates have nothing but positive things to say about life at their firm. “The people are great, the work is interesting, I'm learning all the time, and I am encouraged to maintain something of a life outside the office,” notes a Boston contact. Weekend work, the bane of most associate’s existence, is a rarity at Foley Hoag and any last-minute projects can usually be taken care of from home. A junior contact adds, “Everyone is very kind and helpful, but also very professional. Most partners make associates feel like valuable team members rather than underlings.” The firm’s overall culture, too, is described as “friendly, academic and open,” ensuring that associates consistently feel like “valuable team players rather than underlings.”

Foley Hoag LLP

Seaport West
155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 832-1000

Firm Stats

Managing Partners: Jeffrey Collins and Kenneth Leonetti
Recruiting Chair: Meredith Haviland
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2021:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

Boston, MA; Washington, DC; New York, NY
1st year: $205,000
2nd year: $215,000
3rd year: $240,000
4th year: $275,000
5th year: $305,000
6th year: $330,000
7th year: $350,000
8th year: $365,000
Summer Associate: $3,942/week

Employment Contact

Dina Wreede
Director of Legal Recruiting
(617) 832-7060

No. of U.S. Offices: 3

No. of International Offices: 1

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA (HQ)
New York, NY
Washington, DC I Paris

Major Departments

Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Business Crimes & Government Investigations
Corporate Finance & Securities
Corporate Social Responsibility
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Energy, Technology & Renewables
Environmental Compliance Litigation
General Business Counseling
Government Strategies
Insurance Recovery
International Litigation & Arbitration
Labor & Employment
Licensing & Strategic Alliances
Life Sciences & Health Care
Mergers & Acquisitions
Patent Litigation & Prosecution
Private Funds
Professional Liability Litigation
Real Estate, Land Use & Development
Trademark, Copyright & Unfair Competition
*See firm website for additional departments and specific practice areas and industries