2022 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#23
- New York#24
At a Glance
“Complex and interesting work.”
“The commitment to pro bono.”
“Talented and friendly colleagues.”
“Long work hours.”
“Lack of clear partnership prospect.”
“Stressful deals with demanding clients.”
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 wellness 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.”
2021 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 10-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 OCIs and partnering 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 2022 summer class.
Lateral Attorney Recruitment
Fried Frank has successfully hired and onboarded lateral attorneys virtually since we began working remotely last year. Lateral recruitment has not slowed down, and we continue to hire candidates on a strategic basis.
News & Awards
- Counsel to a joint venture of Vornado Realty Trust and Related Companies in connection with the acquisition, development, and financing of the approximately $2 billion Moynihan Station project, which is part of the broader Penn Station redevelopment.
- Counsel to T-Mobile in multiple matters, including $46 billion of bank and bond financing related to the merger with Sprint and synthetic secondary transactions enabling SoftBank to monetize its $21 billion stockholding in T-Mobile in the largest non-governmental secondary of all time.
- Counsel to Under Armour and its Board of Directors in three federal securities cases, resulting in multiple victories for the client.
- Counsel to Goldman Sachs with the formation of West Street Strategic Solutions Fund I, an opportunistic credit fund targeting $14 billion to invest in companies facing COVID-19 business disruptions. The fund is Goldman Sachs’ largest fund since the 2008 financial crisis and is one of the largest debut funds ever raised.
- Perfect Score of 100% on Corporate Equality Index, 2021—Human Rights Campaign
- Practices and Attorneys Recognized in USA, Global, Europe, and UK Guides,2020−2021—Chambers & Partners
- Five Fried Frank Attorneys Selected as Fellows, 2021—Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
- Practice Groups of the Year (Real Estate and Asset Management Practices), 2020—Law360National
- Public Service Award, 2021—American Bar Association
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 (2021):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2021:
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
9th year: $375,000
Summer Associate: $8,437.50/semi-monthly
Director of Attorney Recruitment
Manager of Entry-Level Recruitment
No. of U.S. Offices: 2
No. of International Offices: 2
New York, NY (HQ)
Washington, DC I London
Antitrust and Competition
Corporate Real Estate
Executive Compensation & ERISA
Intellectual Property & Technology
International Trade & Investment
Mergers & Acquisitions
Restructuring & Insolvency
Securities Enforcement & Regulation
Trusts & Estates
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.