2021 Vault Rankings
- New York#25
At a Glance
“Fried Frank is as personable as a law firm gets.”
“Transparency from firm leaders.”
“The hours can be grueling.”
About Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises many of the world’s leading corporations, investment funds, and financial institutions on their critical legal needs and business opportunities. With approximately 500 lawyers in North America and Europe, the firm excels in corporate, real estate, and tax work.
An Impressive Crew
Fried Frank traces its history to the turn of the 20th century when a group of German-Jewish lawyers began practicing in New York City in the 1890s, a time when most New York firms did not employ Jewish lawyers. In 1929, Walter J. Fried (pronounced “Freed”) joined the firm as an associate who focused on real estate law. Fried practiced with the firm until his retirement in 1979. In the 1950s, Fried was a pioneer in the movement to convert rental apartment buildings into co-ops owned by the residents. In 1943, Hans J. Frank joined the firm as an expert in international taxation. Frank had left Germany when Hitler’s laws forbidding Jews to practice law had been enacted.
Growing from its roots in New York City’s German-Jewish business community, the firm established itself in the nation’s capital, opening a Washington, DC, office in 1949. By 1971, name partners Walter Fried, Hans J. Frank, Sam Harris, Sargent Shriver, and Leslie Jacobson were all on the masthead. The partners had uniformly impressive resumes—with expertise ranging from tax to real estate to securities—and brought a dedication to civic causes. Sam Harris worked for the SEC in its early days and served as a prosecutor of Nazi war criminals in the Nuremburg trials. Sargent Shriver is probably best known for being the driving force behind the founding of the Peace Corps and serving as its first director.
Keeping It Real
While well respected in both litigation and corporate work, Fried Frank today is probably most widely known for its top-notch Real Estate practice. Since 2011, the firm has been ranked No. 1 in Vault’s Real Estate Practice Area ranking, and Fried Frank’s Real Estate department has also been recognized as “Practice Group of the Year” by Law360 every year since it launched in 2012. Among the areas the firm handles are acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, financing, joint ventures, distressed real estate workouts, development, land use, and environmental issues.
The firm’s Private Equity practice is another notable area. More than 100 of the firm’s attorneys counsel megafund clients and middle-market sponsors on all aspects of private equity transactions, bringing in cross-disciplinary knowledge in antitrust, capital markets, finance, and tax. Fried Frank is also a regular at the M&A table, advising clients across such diverse industries as consumer products, energy, financial services, health care, media, pharmaceuticals, real estate, retail, telecommunications, and technology.
“Wellness” is a buzz word at many law firms, but it is a priority at Fried Frank. The firm’s program Living Well at Fried Frank offers support in three areas: mental health, fitness and nutrition, and work-life integration. Among the resources offered are around-the-clock access to counseling, discounted gym memberships, and in-house seminars. The firm also hosts a yearly fitness challenge called “Fit Club.”
2020 Summer Associate Program
Fried Frank has always considered its Summer Associate Program a critical part of our recruiting process. This summer is no exception and it is our goal to have a robust, educational, and interactive 5-week program within a virtual environment. Summer associates will enjoy virtual social events, real work, pro bono opportunities, substantive training, mentoring and exposure to our attorneys and practice areas during their time with the Firm.
Upcoming OCI season
We are committed to participating in OCI in whatever form it takes and will partner with law schools in this effort. The Firm is prepared to meet students virtually, and we are excited to interview Summer Associate candidates for our 2021 summer class.
Lateral Attorney Recruitment
Fried Frank has successfully hired and on boarded lateral attorneys virtually since we began working remotely due to COVID-19. We will continue to consider candidates on a strategic basis.
News & Awards
Law.com highlighted Fried Frank’s formal wellness program, Living Well, an initiative that addresses mental health, fitness and nutrition, and work-life integration. The article discussed the firm's mental health and wellness resources that are available year round, as well as the additional resources offered during the Coronavirus pandemic. This includes the launch of the “Living Well” mobile app and Virtual Fit Club, as well as other various virtual wellness events, workshops, and offerings.
Law.com featured a Fried Frank corporate partner in its “How I Made Partner” column. The column discusses the trajectory to becoming partner, keys to business development, and insight for associates on the process.
The firm's record-breaking financial performance, increased attorney headcount, and the notable representations on which the firm advised in its most recent fiscal year were featured by The American Lawyer and The Lawyer. The coverage discusses the firm’s double-digit increase in revenue and average profit per equity partner in its latest fiscal year, recent lateral partner hires, and key representations in the London office.
The American Lawyer highlighted the importance of robust associate training programs at Fried Frank, which focus on developing professional skills as a key recruitment and retention tool. The firm has an internal coach on staff to work with associates, and keeps a roster of external coaches on-call. Additionally, the article discusses the launch of the firm’s new group mentoring program in which a partner provides invaluable skills and insight as they mentor a group of associates, with the help of a mid-level associate liaison to better translate perspectives between partners and associates.
- Counsel to Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group in connection with the Hudson Yards development, the largest private development to be realized in New York City since Rockefeller Center.
- Counsel to T-Mobile in multiple mid-pandemic transactions, totaling $46b of bank and bond debt financing, $17.9b in synthetic secondary transactions, and $4b, three-tranche private offering of senior secured notes.
- Counsel to Under Armour and its Board of Directors in three federal securities cases, resulting in multiple victories for the client.
- Counsel to BlackRock in its largest alternative investment fundraise in company history, raising approximately $5.123b in aggregate commitments.
- Perfect Score of 100% on Corporate Equality Index, 2020—Human Rights Campaign
- Practices and Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA, Europe, UK Guides, 2019−2020—Chambers & Partners
- Ranked No. 1 in The Real Deal’s List of New York City’s Law Firms (Biggest Real Estate Practice, Highest Dollar Volume of Sales, and Highest Dollar Volume of Lender-side deals), 2019
- Global Finance Deal of the Year, Global M&A Deal of the Year, Global Pro Bono Deal of the Year, 2019—The American Lawyer’s Industry Awards: Global Legal Awards
- Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year, 2020—DC Bar
Why Work Here
Dynamic Practice, Compelling Work
Fried Frank associates play an essential role in the Firm’s delivery of top-notch legal services to its client base, which comprises the world’s largest investment banks and financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and other multinational industry leaders. Working at a global law firm with offices in the world’s principal financial centers, associates at Fried Frank are continually involved in complex, high-profile matters involving the sophisticated cross-border work for which the Firm is well known. As vital members of the firm, Fried Frank associates are given a high level of responsibility and immersed in significant matters from their first day, with ample opportunity to interact with clients and work closely with partners.
One New York Plaza
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 859-8000
Chair: David J. Greenwald
Recruiting Chairs: Brad Lucas & Matt Howard (DC); Mark Hayek & Randi Lally (NY)
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
9th year: $350,000
Summer Associate: $7,916.66/semi-monthly
New York, NY
Nancy J. Parker
Director of Attorney Recruitment
Manager of Attorney Recruitment
No. of U.S. Offices: 2
No. of International Offices: 2
New York, NY (HQ)
Washington, DC I London
Aerospace & Defense
Antitrust and Competition
Corporate Real Estate
Executive Compensation & ERISA
Intellectual Property & Technology
International Trade & Investment
Mergers and Acquisitions
Restructuring & Insolvency
Securities Enforcement & Regulation
Trusts & Estates
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.