2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The people I work with.”
“Variety of work.”
“It's a good work environment.”
“Long hours and high stress (no surprise there).”
“Compensation isn't at market.”
“Mentoring and training could be better.”
About Fox Rothschild LLP
With nearly 950 attorneys practicing across 27 offices coast to coast and serving clients in various industries, Fox Rothschild doesn’t put all of its eggs in one basket. And as the firm continues to grow, it is building an impressive client list along the way.
Sly Like a Fox—Who Wants to Open a Lot of Offices in the U.S.
Fox Rothschild was founded in Philadelphia in 1907. Over the last decade, the firm has expanded to several new regions through mergers and lateral moves across the country, opening offices in Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, and elsewhere. In 2018, the firm welcomed 130 attorneys in six offices throughout the Southeast (North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) through a merger with Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP—the largest combination to date in firm history. Fox Rothschild’s client list includes closely held businesses, small public companies, and tax-exempt organizations, as well as high-net-worth individuals and celebrities (including Angela Bassett, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Bishop T.D. Jakes) and Fortune 500 companies like Wells Fargo, Walmart, Merck & Co., and Xerox.
Chalk Boardwalk Empires
Fox Rothschild is a well-established player in the business, corporate and securities, entertainment, labor and employment, employee benefits, real estate, creditors’ rights, litigation, and estates law fields. In addition to its more mainstream departments, Fox Rothschild has developed experience in niche practices, including entertainment, sports, and the highly regulated field of cannabis law.
Capitalizing on the brand-building revolution taking place in the entertainment and sports industry, the firm’s entertainment and sports attorneys devise strategies for celebrities, athletes, and businesses to develop and capitalize their brands. Fox attorneys have also been associated with numerous well-known and award-winning television programs, motion pictures, and music releases. In the sports realm, Litigation Co-Chair John Haggerty has served as trusted counsel to the tennis champion Maria Sharapova for the past decade.
Fox Rothschild is leading the pack with its multidisciplinary cannabis practice. The practice consists of more than 50 professionals across legal disciplines who have long-standing experience in helping clients in this highly regulated industry. Its team counsels growers, distributors, processors, investors, and suppliers of ancillary products and services. The group launched a blog called In the Weeds to help keep cannabis entrepreneurs well informed on banking, real estate, financing, corporate entity formation and governance, taxation, and creditors’ rights issues that the industry regularly faces. The firm has also penned a number of helpful guides, including the Cannabis Industry State Tax Guide, Employment Compliance in the Age of Legalized Marijuana, and the National Survey on Marijuana Laws and Regulations.
Feeling Fit & Well
Fox takes a holistic approach to the promotion of employee well-being by offering tools and programs that encourage physical, psychological, and financial health through its wellness program, Fox Fit & Well program. According to the firm, since launching the program in 2009, the firm has worked with its health care carriers and various vendors to pursue its mission of educating, inspiring, engaging, and incentivizing attorneys and staff to maintain balance and adopt healthy lifestyles.
As developments surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic continue to shift, Fox’s recruitment strategies have adapted to fit the needs of both lateral attorney candidates and law school students. We have utilized our technological capabilities with great success, including conducting all lateral candidate interviews on a virtual basis. The onboarding process has shifted to a virtual basis as well, with all new hires undergoing a remote orientation during the course of the pandemic.
We have proceeded with our 2020 Summer Program on a virtual basis. Our summer class consists of 36 law students participating in our program from their homes across the country. We have also continued to participate in various law school virtual events.
The safety and well-being of our attorneys, staff, and potential hires is our top priority. We will continue to update our recruitment strategy and processes as the guidelines surrounding the pandemic continue to evolve.
News & Awards
Fox Partner Brian Stolarz was featured in the inspiring Netflix docuseries “The Innocence Files,” which includes an episode spotlighting the work of Brian and his team, in conjunction with The Innocence Project, to help exonerate Alfred “Dewayne” Brown, who spent a decade on death row after he was wrongfully convicted of the murder of a police officer in Houston, Texas.
To advance and grow as a firm, it is necessary to actively and directly improve diversity and inclusion. As a first step in this direction, Kimberly Bullock Gatling assumed the role of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, where she will develop and implement programs and policies that support the firm’s goals of increasing and promoting a diverse workforce and inclusive environment at all levels.
The firm announced the launch of a firmwide pro bono initiative partnering with organizations throughout the country to assist and support Black communities. The efforts will focus initially on helping small business owners with insurance claims for property damage incidental to the protests, as well as individuals who were detained as a result of their participation in nonviolent demonstrations. The launch is accompanied by $25,000 donations to both the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and The Innocence Project.
Firm attorneys promptly began reviewing the regulations disseminated by government officials and converting the information into digestible alerts, articles and commentary for the media, providing clients with insight and best practices in real time. The firm quickly established its Coronavirus Resource Center as a hub to house this information and organize it by impact on a national, state and industry-specific level. These resources continue to be updated as new guidance is released.
- Secured precedent-setting victory in Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a battle with the IRS over a conservation easement deduction; found to be proper due to donation to a land trust.
- Prompted the New Jersey Supreme Court to order the state’s Department of Children and Families to reexamine allegations of child abuse; highlighted a structural flaw in the system.
- Represented First Community Bankshares, Inc. in a merger with Highlands Bankshares, Inc.; created an institution with total consolidated assets of more than $2.8 billion.
- Corporate counsel to MOBILion Systems, Inc., a life science company developing revolutionary analytical instruments for disease prediction, which raised $15.4 million in a Series A financing.
- Perfect Score on Corporate Equality Index for LGBTQ Workplace Equality, 2020
- Cannabis Law Practice Named Practice Group of Year, 2019 – Law 360
- Healthiest Employers in Pennsylvania, 2020
- 80 Attorneys Ranked, 2020 – Chambers USA Guide
- Named “Standout” for Investing in Client Relationships and Client-Facing Communication, 2020 – BTI Client Service A-Team 2020 Survey
2000 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 299-2000
Chair of the Firm: Mark L. Silow
Firmwide Managing Partner: Mark L. Morris
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Atlanta; Miami; Pittsburgh; West Palm Beach
1st year: $135,000
Summer associate: $2,596.15/week
Atlantic City; Dallas
1st year: $130,000
Summer associate: $2,500/week
Bucks County; Chester County; Denver; Minneapolis; Montgomery County
1st year: $140,000
Summer associate: $2,692.31/week
Charlotte; Greensboro; Raleigh
1st year: $125,000
Summer associate: $2,403.85/week
Chicago; Morristown; Princeton; Wilmington
1st year: $150,000
Summer associate: $2,884.62/week
Greenville; Las Vegas
1st year: $115,000
Summer associate: $2,211.54/week
Los Angeles; San Francisco
1st year: $170,000
Summer associate: $3,269.23/week
New York; Washington, DC
1st year: $175,000
Summer associate: $3,365.38/week
1st year: $160,000
Summer associate: $3,076.92/week
Natalie Quinn, Director of Associate Recruitment
Jordan Roznowski, Director of Partner Recruitment
No. of U.S. Offices: 27
No. of International Offices: 0
Atlantic City, NJ
Blue Bell, PA
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA (HQ)
San Francisco, CA
West Palm Beach, FL
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Employee Benefits & Compensation
Entertainment & Sports Law
Federal Government Contracts & Procurement
Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy
Franchising, Licensing & Distribution
Labor & Employment
Privacy & Data Security
Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use
Taxation & Wealth Planning
White Collar Compliance & Defense
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.