2022 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Transparent, inclusive, and friendly.”
“Interesting clients and assignments.”
“The people and the substantive work.”
“Sometimes demanding work/clients”
“Billable-hour requirements (but this would likely be the case at any BigLaw firm).”
About Katten Muchin Rosenman
With roots in Chicago, Katten has grown to nearly 700 attorneys across more than a dozen offices around the globe. The firm is known for its Corporate, Finance, Health Care, and Litigation practices, among others.
First Chicago, Then the World
Frustrated with stodgy conventional methods of BigLaw management, 24 attorneys struck out on their own in 1974 to form Katten Muchin Zavis in the Windy City. With an emphasis on supporting an entrepreneurial and innovative culture that remains today, Katten built up its presence in Chicago for a decade and a half before eventually branching out to Los Angeles; Washington, DC; and New York—all during a very busy 1989. After its merger with venerable Manhattan firm Rosenman & Colin in the early 90s, the firm has continued to expand to eight offices nationwide, plus two more in London and Shanghai. Even so, Katten has thus far resisted following the BigLaw trend of growing at an exponential rate.
A Little Bit of Everything
Katten attorneys focus on everything from antitrust to environmental law and employment law to tax. The firm’s core areas include corporate, financial services, litigation, real estate, commercial finance, intellectual property, and trusts and estates. Katten serves the elite—including a third of the Fortune 100—as well as small entrepreneurs, government entities, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.
The firm’s Health Care practice crosses disciplines, focusing on everything from antitrust to compliance to financings to fraud to tax issues, and more. Clients are wide ranging, including academic medical centers, hospice centers and nursing homes, hospitals, insurers, life science companies, physician groups, private equity funds, and more.
The firm’s financial services practice has a deep bench of experience, with former professionals from the CFTC, DOJ, FINRA, and SEC. The firm counsels clients in financial markets on compliance, cybersecurity, product structuring, regulatory, and tax matters, among other things.
Pro Bono Pros
Katten boasts a robust pro bono practice and prides itself on being one of the first large law firms to employ a partner as Director of Pro Bono Services to run the program on a full-time basis. The firm works with over 20 organizations across the country on pro bono matters, encompassing issues such as immigration, domestic violence, and civil rights. Katten also hosts a Pro Bono Service Award event every year, in which partners and associates who show a particular dedication to pro bono work are awarded $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. Katten is an active member of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Katten has leveraged technology to conduct our interviews and on-boarding in a virtual manner. This approach has allowed the firm to be flexible in our approach to recruiting and to seamlessly continue hiring.
News & Awards
- Represented Windstream Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries (Windstream) in a seven-count complaint against Charter Communications Inc. and Charter Communications Operating, LLC (together, Charter), a competitor of Windstream, in a false advertising campaign that was designed to capitalize on Windstream’s bankruptcy in an effort to take Windstream customers and damage its brand, reputation, and business.
- Represented Michael Jackson’s Estate in a seven-year long dispute over royalties from Jackson’s albums Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad.
- Represented WW International, Inc. in a multi-million-dollar class action lawsuit brought on behalf of all Weight Watchers members as a result of Weight Watchers moving its Workshops online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Advised the Exelon Foundation, the Exelon Corporation's nonprofit philanthropic organization, in providing $1 million in funding to support the innovative efforts of nine diverse start-up companies that are developing new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change, as part of the second year of Exelon’s “Climate Change Investment Initiative.”
- Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality, 2021— Human Rights Campaign
- Inclusion Index, 2020—Diversity Best Practices
- Pro Bono Leader, 2020—American Bar Association
- Flex Impact Award, 2020—Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
- 100 Best Companies, 2020—Working Mother
525 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 902-5200
Chairman: Roger Furey
CEO: Noah Heller
Hiring Partners: Kristin Achterhof (National Hiring Partner), Richard Farley (Charlotte), Jason Gorczynski (Chicago), Peter Bogdanow (Dallas), Christy Fitzgerald and David Halberstadter (Los Angeles), Howard Schickler and Christine Murphy (New York), Seth Messner and Julia Schmidt (Washington, DC), Peter Sugden (London)
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2021:
2,000-hours target for all offices
Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; New York; Orange County; Washington, DC:
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: Determined on case-by-case basis
Summer Associate: $3,942/week
Recruiting contacts for all offices can be found at katten.com/law-students
No. of U.S. Offices: 8
No. of International Offices: 2
Los Angeles, CA (Century City and Downtown)
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
Washington, DC I London
Financial Markets and Funds
Insolvency and Restructuring
*A complete list of practice areas and industries can be found at katten.com/services.