2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“I work with a variety of partners who, for the most part, are highly invested in my career development and have given me the opportunity to succeed.”
“The level of responsibility you get even as a junior associate.”
“Emphasis on training and development.”
“The unpredictability of the workload.”
“Sometimes not enough work to go around.”
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.
News & Awards
Foley Hoag successfully represented Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in a globally-anticipated patent inventorship litigation involving groundbreaking cancer immunotherapy patents against a Japanese drug company and Japanese researcher who won the Nobel Prize on discoveries related to the patents. The ruling directs that Dana-Farber, scientist; Gordon Freeman, Ph.D.; and another scientist, Clive Wood, Ph.D., are co-inventors.
Foley Hoag represented the Republic of Mauritius before the International Court of Justice, which agreed that the Chagos Archipelago, severed from Mauritius and annexed by the United Kingdom in 1965, forms an integral part of Mauritius’ territory. The victory was heralded as an historic ruling for all of Africa because the Chagos Archipelago is the only remaining part of Africa that remains under colonial occupation.
Foley Hoag launched a new parental leave policy for its U.S.-based legal personnel, providing paid parental leave for up to 18 weeks to all parents, regardless of whether one is the primary caregiver or not. Previously, parents designated as a non-primary caregiver were offered 4 weeks paid leave. The firm believes this new policy is an important step to help new parents spend time with their child(ren) when they arrive and to achieve a better work/life balance. Those taking paid parental leave will receive 100 percent of their base compensation.
Foley Hoag represented client Vineyard Wind in its selection to negotiate a power purchase agreement with Massachusetts electric distribution companies in the first solicitation for contracts for offshore wind generation and transmission, putting the company on track to build Massachusetts’ first utility-scale, offshore wind energy project. The offshore wind farm—to be located 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard—will generate 800 megawatts of energy, enough to power 400,000 homes.
- Foley Hoag represented the plaintiffs in the landmark case requiring desegregation of the Boston schools and used the court-awarded fees to launch the Foley Hoag Foundation to improve race relations among Boston youth.
- Foley Hoag co-filed a federal lawsuit with GLAD to obtain benefits for same-sex married couples. The suit resulted in the first district court ruling striking down Section 3 of the Defense Against Marriage Act.
- The firm won a sweeping victory against China on behalf of the Philippines regarding control of the South China Sea in an arbitration pursuant to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
- Thurgood Marshall Award, 2019 (Boston Bar Association)
- Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality, 2019 (Human Rights Campaign)
- Keeper of the Flame Award, 2018 (Lawyers for Civil Rights)
- 26 Ranked Lawyers, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019
- Regional Powerhouse, 2018 (Law360)
Why Work Here
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.”
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155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 832-1000
Managing Partners: Jeffrey Collins and Kenneth Leonetti
Recruiting Chair: Meredith Haviland
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
250 - 500
Boston, MA; Washington, DC; New York, NY
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
Summer associate: $3,654/week
Summer Associate Offers:
10 out of 10 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
12 total (10 2Ls; 2 1Ls) (2018)
Boston, MA (HQ)
New York, NY
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Business Crimes & Government Investigations
Corporate Finance & Securities
Corporate Social Responsibility
Energy, Technology & Renewables
Environmental Compliance Litigation
General Business Counseling
International Litigation & Arbitration
Labor & Employment
Licensing & Strategic Alliances
Life Sciences & Health Care
Mergers & Acquisitions
Patent Litigation & Prosecution
Professional Liability Litigation
Real Estate, Land Use & Development
Trademark, Copyright & Unfair Competition
*See firm website for additional departments and specific practice areas and industries