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2021 Vault Rankings

At a Glance


“Quality of work.”

“Great partners and colleagues.”

“The pro bono opportunities”


“Not a lot of formal training.”

“Billable-hour requirements.”

“The hours can be unpredictable.”

About Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

With roots in Chicago, Katten has grown to nearly 700 attorneys across ten 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 8 offices nationwide, plus 2 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 dedication to pro bono work are awarded $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

News & Awards


August 2020

Katten's managing partner of the California offices and head of the firm's Entertainment and Media Litigation practice, Zia Modabber, was named to Billboard Magazine's "Top Music Lawyers 2020" list, which featured the nation's top attorneys in the music industry. In recognizing Zia, Billboard highlighted his work defending Michael Jackson's estate in a seven-year long dispute with legendary producer Quincy Jones over royalties from Jackson's albums Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad.

July 2020

Katten received the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) 2020 Beacon of Justice Award recognizing the firm’s extraordinary pro bono work serving individuals fleeing to the US border.

March 2020

A California appellate court sided with Katten Litigation partners Bruce Vanyo and Christina Costley when it upheld a lower court ruling dismissing all claims in a consolidated securities class action lawsuit brought against Natera, a genetic testing company, and its officers, directors and underwriters, in connection with its 2015 initial public offering (IPO). This is believed to be the first decision from a California appellate court on the merits in a Section 11 case.

February 2020

Five Katten attorneys were named to the Top Women Texas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists. Named to the Top 2020 Women Texas Super Lawyers list were national co-chair of the firm's Health Care practice Lisa Atlas Genecov, and partners Cheryl Camin Murray and Kenya Woodruff, also in the Health Care practice. Transactional Tax Planning associate Nancy Allred Collins and Litigation associate Rachel M. Riley were named to the Top 2020 Women Texas Rising Stars list.

  • Represented Gatorade in landmark trademark battle over Gatorade’s slogan granting summary judgment for Gatorade and deemed “Gatorade The Sports Fuel Company” protected by the Lanham Act.
  • Represented the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks in their development/renovation of sports arenas and mixed-use developments.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company officers in a multijurisdictional DOJ investigation involving FDA issues and anti-kickback statutes related to sales practices of opioid painkiller products.
  • Represented Starrett City Associates (sellers) and Brooksville Company and Rockpoint Group (purchasers) in $905M sale of Spring Creek Towers (formerly Starrett City), the largest subsidized housing development in the US
  • Best Law Firms for Women, 2019—Working Mother
  • Compass Award and Top Performer, 2019—Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality, 2020—Human Rights Campaign
  • 100 Best Companies, 2019—Working Mother
  • Inclusion Index Company, 2020—Diversity Best Practices
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

525 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 902-5200

Firm Stats

Chairman: Roger Furey
CEO: Noah Heller
Hiring Partners: Kristin Achterhof (National Hiring Partner), Richard Farley (Charlotte), Peter Bogdanow and Cheryl Camin Murray (Dallas), Peter Balance and Gloria Shaw (Los Angeles), Howard Schickler (New York), Seth Messner and Julia Schmidt (Washington, DC), Peter Sugden (London)
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
500 - 750
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, Washington, 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

Employment Contact

Recruiting contacts for all offices can be found at

No. of U.S. Offices: 8

No. of International Offices: 2

Major Office Locations

Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Los Angeles, CA (Century City and Downtown)
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
Washington, DC I London

Major Departments

Commercial Finance
Financial Markets and Funds
Insolvency and Restructuring
Intellectual Property
Private Wealth
Real Estate
Structured Finance
*A complete list of practice areas and industries can be found at