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Dynamic Practice, Compelling Work

Fried Frank associates play an essential role in the Firm’s delivery of top-notch legal services to its clientbase, 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.

Our attorneys strive for excellence. Chambers USA named 52 Fried Frank lawyers and 19 practice areas to its 2017 ranking of America’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessLegal 500 2017 recognized 68 Fried Frank attorneys in 22 categories; the 2016 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” recognized Fried Frank as a first-tier law firm in 14 national practice areas as well as 20 practice areas in New York City and Washington, DC combined; and the Firm is consistently ranked in the Vault Law 100.

Fried Frank is one of the few firms that represent the full spectrum of M&A players, including leading corporations, private equity firms, investment banks and acquisitive hedge funds.  Our team advises clients on their most challenging transactions, including joint ventures, restructurings, negotiated and hostile takeovers and mergers, and strategic investments. 

Our litigators are some of the best in the field, and their expertise in general commercial litigation, enforcement and investigations, securities shareholder litigation, intellectual property, white-collar defense and corporate governance is widely recognized. The Firm’s award-winning real estate practice is unmatched in reputation and skill, and its lawyers consistently handle market-leading deals shaping the landscape of New York and Washington, DC real estate. Fried Frank is also highly regarded for its work on critical matters involving antitrust and competition, asset management, bankruptcy and restructuring, executive compensation and ERISA, insurance, international trade and investment, and tax, among other areas of law.

Some of the Firm’s recent headline-grabbing work, from across various practice areas, includes its counsel to:

  • Bain Capital Private Equity in the formation of Bain Capital Fund XII, which closed with US$9.4 billion of commitments.  
  • BlackRock in its 850,000-square-foot lease for its planned headquarters relocation to 50 Hudson Yards in New York City.
  • The Children's Investment Fund in connection with its US$1.25 billion construction financing to HFZ Capital Group in connection with its 950,000 square foot luxury mixed-use project at 76 11th Avenue known as “The Eleventh.”
  • Coach in its US$2.4 billion acquisition of Kate Spade & Company, creating a leading luxury lifestyle company with a diverse multi-brand portfolio.
  • Emerald Exposition Events, a market leading trade-show operator, in its initial public offering and listing on the NYSE.
  • The lead underwriters in The Estée Lauder Companies' US$1.5 billion notes offering.
  • Goldman Sachs' Merchant Banking Division in its agreement, together with Riverstone Holdings, to acquire Lucid Energy Group II in a 50:50 joint venture arrangement for approximately US$1.6 billion.
  • Humana, as part of a consortium with TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, in the agreement to acquire the Kindred at Home Division of Kindred Healthcare for approximately US$4.1 billion.
  • The lead underwriters in The Procter & Gamble Company's US$2 billion investment grade notes offering.
  • Mercedes-Benz and Daimler in multiple patent matters, including infringement matters related to LED displays, radar and occupant sensing technologies, chemical coatings for engine parts and mobile WiFi networks.
  • Permira in the raising of its latest flagship buyout fund, Permira VI, with a final close of €7.5 billion.
  • Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group in connection with the development of the 26-acre Hudson Yards on the West Side, the largest private development in New York City since Rockefeller Center.
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group in its agreement to acquire Tribune Media Company for US$3.88 billion plus the assumption of US$3 billion in net debt. As a result of this industry-transforming transaction, Sinclair-owned and operated TV stations will cover 72 percent of US households in 108 TV markets nationwide.
  • William Tirrell, Managing Director and former Head of Regulatory Reporting at Bank of America in securing a favorable settlement of an SEC enforcement action. The settled order required no admission of wrongdoing, no financial penalty, and no suspension.
  • Under Armour, a leading athletic apparel company, and its board of directors in securing favorable settlement of shareholder litigation stemming from Under Armour’s recapitalization and issuance of a new class of non-voting shares.
  • A joint venture of Vornado Realty Trust and Related Companies in connection with the acquisition, development, and financing of the approximately US$2 billion Moynihan Station project.

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Reigning Over Real Estate

Fried Frank’s real estate practice is consistently at the forefront of the largest and most complicated transactions and is unrivaled in both the scope of its work and the talent of its attorneys. Our real estate practice consistently ranks number one in Vault, Chambers USA and Legal 500 US and has received the Chambers USA Award for Excellence.

Associates specializing in real estate law learn from, and work with, the best in the industry.  We represent our clients on complex matters involving the acquisition and disposition of single assets and portfolios, mortgage, mezzanine and construction financing on behalf of borrowers and lenders, land use, development and construction, leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants, distressed real estate and workouts, joint ventures, real estate investment trusts and real estate litigation.

Among the noteworthy transactions recently handled by the Fried Frank real estate team are its counsel to:

  • Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group in connection with the development of the 26-acre Hudson Yards on the West Side, the largest private development in Manhattan since Rockefeller Center.
  • Brookfield Property Partners in connection with all the development of Manhattan West in the Hudson Yards District, including its recent lease to the National Hockey League.
  • BlackRock in connection with its 850,000-square-foot lease for its planned headquarters relocation to 50 Hudson Yards.
  • A joint venture of Vornado Realty Trust and Related Companies in connection with the acquisition, development, and financing of the approximately US$2 billion Moynihan Station project.
  • J.P. Morgan, as lead lender, in its US$900 million construction loan syndication to Extell Development for the development of Central Park Tower.
  • Brookfield Asset Management in connection with its US$714 million refinancing of a portion of the Putnam Portfolio consisting of five multifamily buildings in Upper Manhattan owned in a joint venture with Urban America.
  •  Paramount Group in its joint venture with GIC for the acquisition of Deutsche Bank’s headquarters building at 60 Wall Street.SL Green Realty Corp., including all zoning approvals, in connection with the development of One Vanderbilt, an iconic 1,401-foot tall, 1.7 million square foot office tower being constructed on the full block to the west of Grand Central Terminal.
  •  Brookfield Asset Management in connection with its US$875 million acquisition of the Houston Center, a 4.2-million-square-foot office and retail complex in Houston, Texas.The Children’s Investment Fund Management in a US$1.19 billion mortgage and mezzanine loan to a joint venture including Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group for the construction and development of 35 Hudson Yards, a mixed-use building which will include the first-ever Equinox Hotel, luxury residential condominium units, retail space and office space.
  • Chelsfield, a market leading European property group, and co-counsel to the Olayan Group, a Saudi Arabia based investment firm, in the US$1.4 billion acquisition of the former Sony Building at 550 Madison Avenue from The Chetrit Group.
  • RXR Realty and C&K Properties in their US$1.65 billion purchase of 1285 Avenue of the Americas from AXA Financial and JPMorgan. In connection with this transaction, the Firm also represented UBS in the renewal of its 900,000-square-foot lease at the building through 2033.
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in connection with the law firm’s letter of intent for a 12-year, 250,000-square-foot lease at 55 Hudson Yards.
  • Citigroup in connection with the bank exercising its option to purchase its headquarters at 388-390 Greenwich Street in Tribeca from SL Green Realty for US$2 billion.
  • Brookfield  Asset Management in its strategic alliance with Macy’s to develop and/or redevelop a portion of Macy’s portfolio. The alliance gives Brookfield the exclusive right for up to 24 months to create a “pre-development plan” for approximately 50 of Macy’s real estate assets, with an option for Macy’s to continue to identify and add assets into the alliance.

Giving Back

Fried Frank has long held a commitment to pro bono work and a strong sense of philanthropic responsibility. Our attorneys work with a variety of pro bono clients including immigrants, veterans, micro entrepreneurs, victims of domestic violence, artists seeking representation on intellectual property matters, indigent individuals accused of crimes, and charter schools.

Fried Frank is widely acknowledged by both the legal and nonprofit communities for its pro bono efforts.  Some recent accomplishments:

  • Individual attorneys received the International Municipal Lawyers Amicus Service Award (April 2017)
  • The Firm was presented with the President’s Pro Bono Service Award by the New York State Bar Association (May 2017)
  • Of Counsel and retired partner Robert E. Juceam received the ABA Senior Lawyer Division’s John H. Pickering Award (June 2017)
  • 35 attorneys were included in the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll in DC (August 2017)
  • Eight attorneys were recognized at the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award Dinner (October 2017)
  • The Firm was honored by Sanctuaries for Families (November 2017)
  • Litigation special counsel Jennifer Colyer was named to the City & State New York Responsible 100 (December 2017)
  • Litigation associate Anayansi Rodriguez was recognized with Florida Bar President’s Out of State Pro Bono Award (January 2018)

In addition, for over two decades, Fried Frank has served as a mentor firm to the School Without Walls public high school located on the campus of George Washington University. Our activities include participation in preparing the students for the annual Mock Trial Tournament, in which they were winners six times between 2002 and 2017, as well as finalists in four other years.



Fellowship/Externship Opportunities

Fried Frank litigation associates have the opportunity to extern at Her Justice as staff attorneys in its New York headquarters.  Her Justice is dedicated to providing legal services to low-income women and victims of domestic violence and other crimes in the areas of matrimonial, family and immigration law.  Participants can expect to garner significant litigation experience, including motion practice and trial practice, during the externship.

Fried Frank also offers two unique fellowship opportunities for select junior-level attorneys. Fellows spend two years working in Fried Frank’s litigation department followed by two years with either the NAACP Legal Defense or Education Fund, Inc. (LDF) or the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Fried Frank fellows have the opportunity to return to Fried Frank after their fellowships. After completing the fellowship, all of our Fellows have pursued interesting and exciting legal careers, and several of our prior fellows can be found in high-level positions at LDF and MALDEF.


Fried Frank regularly makes secondment arrangements with clients whereby associates are assigned to work in-house with a Firm client for a fixed period of time, usually 4 to 12 months. This arrangement offers lawyers an extraordinary platform through which they can improve their legal skills, enhance their relationships with clients and gain a new perspective on legal practice. Fried Frank associates have been seconded to a variety of institutions ranging from premier investment banks to Fortune 100 companies.

Attorney Development

Fried Frank firmly believes that the individual success of our attorneys is directly correlated to the overall success of the Firm.  To advance this effort, the Firm maintains an administrative department dedicated to assisting and promoting our attorneys’ continued professional development through substantive training programs, maintenance of a comprehensive evaluation system, and general day-to-day legal practice support.

The Attorney Development department develops, implements and monitors the professional training programs and continuing legal education needs of the Firm’s attorneys.  Training at Fried Frank consists of both Firmwide cross-departmental training programs focused on improving our attorneys’ general professional skills and department-specific training programs focusing on individual practice needs. We offer approximately 200 internal and external training programs each year.


The Fried Frank Partner Advisor Program is designed to provide a formal mentoring structure whereby partners can further provide the support and guidance associates need to maximize their potential. Participation in the Partner Advisor Program is open to all associates at the Firm. Shortly after starting at the firm, first year associates participate in partner-led mentoring circles and meet monthly to discuss chapters of books assigned by practice area. The Firm also offers an Associate Advisor Program, where associates mentor other associates, that is designed to personalize the Fried Frank experience for new attorneys  and provide continuing support.

Associate Life

Each Fried Frank office has a dedicated Associates Committee committed to enhancing associate life at the Firm.  Associate Committee meetings are generally open to all associates and provide an opportunity for the leadership of the Firm to seek input from associates on key issues ranging from Firm events and initiatives to work environment and transparency. 

Fried Frank offers a variety of activities and programs to associates – many of which have been initiated by Fried Frank lawyers themselves. A sampling of activities includes: Fried Frank “Fit Club,” sports teams (softball, basketball, football, yoga, tennis), a monthly “Jeans for Charity” fundraiser and yearly participation in the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge, the Her Justice Story by Story event and the Lawyers Have Heart Run and Fun Walk.

A Firm of Inclusion

With an independent department dedicated exclusively to Firm diversity and inclusion efforts, Fried Frank is committed to ensuring the Firm is a place of inclusion where all attorneys and staff can thrive and reach their full potential. Our Director of Attorney Diversity and Inclusion leads our efforts to recommend strategies for meaningful inclusion, integration, and professional development of all attorneys and staff.

Fried Frank’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee provides a forum for identifying, discussing and prioritizing issues, as well as for developing and supporting related proposals and initiatives. Several areas of focus include:  

  • Recruitment and Retention of diverse groups of attorneys
  • Recruitment for our Fellowship Program with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Business Development and Marketing
  • Professional Development, Mentoring and Sponsorships
  • Work/Life Balance

Diversity and inclusion is a standard principle at Fried Frank. We support initiatives and firm resource groups focused on attorneys of color, women attorneys, LGBTQ attorneys, and working parents. Fried Frank also participates in the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) career program, which places diverse students in law firms for summer internships prior to the students’ first year of law school. Our New York office also participates in the New York City Bar Association Diversity Fellowship Program, which places first-year law students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession in first-year summer associate positions with participating law firms and corporations.

We are proud of the public recognition of our inclusive culture. For example, the Firm was recognized in Vault’s 2018 Associate Satisfaction Survey where we scored #2 for Overall Diversity, #8 for Women, #3 for Minorities, #2 for LGBT Individuals, and #3 for Individuals with Disabilities.  Fried Frank has also been recognized for nine consecutive years by the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, achieving a top rating of 100 percent in reflection of our policies and practices protecting LGBT employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, diversity training, and health care and domestic partnership benefits.

Our diversity efforts extend beyond the Firm to the pipeline necessary to foster meaningful diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Through the Fried Frank Pre-Law Scholars Program, we partner with Hunter College to prepare pre-law focused college students of diverse backgrounds for the LSAT and a successful legal education. We also work with Just the Beginning Foundation to expose DC-area middle and high school students to the legal profession, and have sponsored the Minority Law Research Institute, a two-week immersive program held at The Law Center at Southern University and A&M College, designed to motivate and expose minority high school students to consider careers in the field of law.