At a Glance
“Quality of work.”
“The people are great, and the way everyone treats each other makes coming to work an enjoyable experience.”
“Billable-hours requirement for market bonus.”
“Only informal training.”
“Lack of feedback outside of an annual review.”
About Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
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 12 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
Former CFTC official Carl Kennedy joined Katten’s New York office as a partner in the firm’s financial services practice, where he focuses mostly on laws and regulations pertaining to over-the-counter, exchange-traded derivatives, and issues concerning digital assets.
Katten’s partnership approved a new three-year strategic plan, which focuses on building out groups that dovetail with the firm’s finance practice.
The American Lawyer interviewed Chairman Roger Furey to discuss the stratification of law firm performance. challenges to law firm pricing, how firms should use technology to provide more efficient services, and how labor models will need to change to accomplish the same.
Commercial Finance Partner, Jennifer Wolfe was recognized as an important female figure in the Commercial Finance industry as she was named to the 2019 Women in Commercial Finance list, released by the Secured Lender.
- Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality, 2019 (Human Rights Campaign)
- 100 Best Companies, 2018 (Working Mother)
- 60 Best Law Firms for Women, 2019 (Working Mother)
- Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Gold Standard Certified Law Firm
- Compass Award and Top Performer, 2018 (Leadership Council on Legal Diversity)
525 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 902-5200
Chairman: Roger Furey
CEO: Noah Heller
Hiring Partners: Kristin Achterhof (National Hiring Partner), Peter Ballance and Gloria Shaw (LA), Lily Chinn (Bay Area), Richard Farley (Charlotte), Seth Messner (DC), Howard Schickler (NY), Peter Sugden (London)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
500 - 750
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
No. of Summer Associates:
43 total (35 2Ls; 8 1Ls) (2019)
See firm website for more information.
Los Angeles, CA (Century City and Downtown)
New York, NY
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Orange County, CA
Financial Services Group
Insolvency and Restructuring
Transactional Tax Planning
Trust and Estates
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.