“Culture of respect and decency”
“The informal mentoring”
“Lack of good staff/paralegal support”
“Lots of hours”
“High billable hours requirement for market bonuses”
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, the firm 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. Thirteen years later, Katten joined forces with venerable Manhattan firm Rosenman & Colin LLP, bolstering its New York and DC offices and adding new digs in Charlotte. The firm has continued to expand by opening a second Los Angeles office and offices in Oakland, Austin, Houston, and Dallas over the past decade. The firm has also expanded across the pond to London through a strategic alliance as well as to Shanghai, but has thus far resisted following the BigLaw trend of growing at an exponential rate.
Katten’s merger with Rosenman & Colin created a firm with national reach, with both firms bringing complementary strengths to the table. Though each firm boasted strong entertainment and media law credentials, Katten provided a West Coast presence and prowess in such practices as intellectual property, while Rosenman & Colin brought finance expertise and nearly a century of New York networking and rep-making. The combined firm dropped the ‘Zavis’ from its letterhead in 2005, the same year it staked out ground in London to serve its financial services clientele via affiliate Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP. While Katten has been active in the Chinese market for years, in 2012, the firm sought to significantly expand its existing practice by opening an office in Shanghai.
As for practice scope, 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 also boasts a robust pro bono practice and prides itself on being one of the first large law firms to employ a partner to run the pro bono program on a full-time basis. The firm works with over twenty organizations across the country on pro bono matters.
Home Sweet Home
Katten has maintained a strong presence in its home markets. In Chicago, Katten has advised on everything from selling skyscrapers to headline-grabbing litigation to counseling the city’s transit authority on the issuance of more than $400 million in bonds to help fund renovations along three commuter train lines. Over in the Big Apple, partner Joshua Rubenstein co-helms an elite national trusts and estates practice. Meanwhile, in LA, Katten lawyers have gone native by advising entertainment industry clients and representing shopping malls. DC-based attorneys work closely with clients on corporate and litigation matters in areas including aviation, environmental, and securities law.
IN THE NEWS
Financial Services special counsel Gary DeWaal was quoted by The Wall Street Journal in an article on challenges faced by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a result of its flat budget yet growing jurisdiction. CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo indicated that the agency is exploring a variety of planned cuts, including voluntary buyouts, reduced training and technology resources, and continuation of its “exceptionally low level of hiring.” Gary stated, “There is a triage. There's no doubt that folks like me, who deal with the CFTC day in and day out on lots of different issues, are seeing the impact of that budgetary situation.”
Real Estate partner Amanda Christie was honored as a 40 Under 40 winner by the Charlotte Business Journal, highlighting the major strides she has made in her career, while leaving a positive impact on the Charlotte community. When asked about the most important issue facing the region, Amanda focused on affordable housing. “We have all seen the boom in multifamily projects around the city,” she said, “which is great. However, this has been at the expense of more affordable housing options.” The publication also recognized Amanda's current civic and volunteer activities, which includes her pro bono work to assist an epileptic child with obtaining a service dog. “It is so rewarding to know that I am doing something to help this child and his family.”
Financial Services partner Richard Marshall was quoted by Fund Fire on the proliferation of alternative data providers and its impact on regulatory compliance. Rick noted that it's not unusual for hedge funds to go to extreme measures, such as paying people to stand in retail stores to count foot traffic and sales, in order gain a competitive edge through data. He added that monitoring web activity is infinitely more complicated. “The question is number one: How did you obtain the data? Was it permissible, legal?” he says. Rick recommended that hedge funds manage potential compliance pitfalls by approaching data gathering the same way they approach protocols for expert networks. This includes conducting due diligence on firms, checking their compliance and analyzing how they gather data.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP announced today that several of the firm's attorneys were named to the 2018 Southern California Rising Stars list. Named to the list were attorneys Melissa A. Bakewell, Austin T. Beardsley, Christina L. Costley, Andrew J. Demko, Paul A. Grammatico, Meegan Maczek, and Wendi A. Sklaver. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list. The Rising Stars list is part of Super Lawyers and selects outstanding lawyers who are either 40 years old or younger, or have been in practice for 10 years or less, and have attained high degrees of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Several publications, including Texas Lawyer and The Texas Lawbook, have published articles regarding the recent arrival of five attorneys to the firm's newly established Dallas office. The new additions include Corporate partner Greg Hidalgo, Litigation partners Barrett Howell and Brandon McCarthy, Transactional Tax Planning special counsel Aaron Pinegar and Litigation special counsel—Jorge Solis, former US District Judge for the Northern District of Texas. “These are highly respected and talented lawyers joining our new office, and this demonstrates the significant investment Katten is making in Dallas,” said Mark Solomon, managing partner of the Dallas operation. “We are only getting started, as we are actively talking with a few other groups. It is a great time to grow a law firm in Dallas.” Hitting the ground running since the Dallas office opened, Mark was recently recognized by D CEO as M&A Attorney Dealmaker of the Year finalist. With the hiring of this latest group, Katten now has 19 lawyers in Dallas and a total of 34 lawyers in Texas. The firm also has offices in Houston, Austin, and Irving.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP announced that Amit Bhatla, first-year student at George Washington University Law School, was selected for the firm's Minority 1L Environmental Internship program. Bhatla, who earned his BS in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas, is participating in the paid internship program spearheaded by the Environmental and Workplace Safety practice in Katten's Washington, DC office. The eight-week-long summer program goes beyond buzzworthy diversity rhetoric and provides a tangible opportunity to introduce minority law students to the growing practice area and to gain hands-on experience in the environmental legal space. Bhatla will work directly with firm practice leaders and on projects relating to key environmental and workplace safety issues and regulations that major companies, national and regional trade associations, and corporate managers regularly face.
525 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 902-5200
Employer Type: Private
Chairman: Roger Furey
Hiring Partners: Gloria Shaw and Peter Balance (Los Angeles), Seth Messner (DC), Kristin Achterhof (National Hiring Partner), Richard Farley (Charlotte), Howard Schickler (New York), Lily Chinn (San Francisco Bay Area), Peter Sugden (London), Mark Farley (Austin & Houston)
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 676
Austin; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; LA; NY; DC
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: Determined on case-by-case basis
Summer associate: $3,564/week
23 out of 25 (2Ls) (2017)
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