“People who work here are down to earth and they respect others”
“Good work/life balance”
“Great opportunity to work on complex matters in a friendly atmosphere with good long-term prospects”
“Uneven distribution of work among associates”
“The hours. But that is a constant in BigLaw.”
Based in the Big Apple, Kelley Drye & Warren has over 180 years of legal experience. With expertise in over 30 practice areas, the firm has compiled an impressive client roster including Arcelor Mittal USA, Bacardi, JPMorgan, LabCorp, Mylan, Nestle, and Take-Two Interactive Software.
In 1836, New York attorneys Hiram Barney and William Mulligan founded a firm that started taking major cases early on, working on the bankruptcies of the Metropolitan Street Railway and New York City Railway. Barney was later appointed to the then-prestigious position of Collector of the Customs of the Port of New York by none other than President Abraham Lincoln.
Around the turn of the century, name partner Nicholas Kelley joined the firm. Kelley was instrumental in negotiations to finance the production of Chrysler automobiles. The firm also landed a major bankruptcy matter for Westinghouse Electric, a company that would go on to merge with CBS some 90 years later. Name partner John Wilson Drye also landed the firm huge clients, including Union Carbide Corporation, one of the oldest chemical companies.
Kelley Drye partners have long had influence outside the world of private law. Partners have been appointed to offices by or advised the presidential likes of Jackson, Van Buren, Wilson, and Lincoln. One former partner assisted in drafting the 1947 Taft Hartley Act, which put heavy restrictions on the activities of labor unions.
Big Apple Home and Beyond
New York is Kelley Drye's birthplace and headquarters, but the firm's national footprint includes offices in other key markets, like Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Parsippany, NJ; Stamford, CT; and the firm’s second-largest office in Washington, DC, in addition to a presence in Brussels, Belgium. Kelley Drye is a full-service firm with deep experience in litigation and investigations, regulatory and government relations, transactions, and international law. Kelley Drye attorneys focus on a range of practices within those areas including advertising, bankruptcy, communications, corporate transactions, environmental, government relations, government contracts, intellectual property, international trade, labor and employment, and real estate.
Through Kelley Drye's merger with the litigation boutique White O'Connor in 2011, the firm has strengthened its presence on the west coast, particularly in the areas of entertainment, First Amendment law, insurance, media-related torts, copyright and trademark, antitrust, class actions, and other complex commercial issues. Kelley Drye now also has a presence in Texas as the result of a combination in 2016 with Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, a law firm best known for success in litigation and environmental matters.
101 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10178
Phone: (212) 808-7800
Employer Type: Private
Chairman: Jim Carr
Managing Partner: Lewis Rose
Recruiting Chairs: Henry Kelly (Chicago); Rob Steiner (New York); Paul Keenan (Parsippany); Richard Chargar (Stamford); Kathy Cannon (Washington, DC); David Fink (Los Angeles); William Jackson (Texas)
Total No. Attorneys 2019: 300
NY and DC
1st year: $180,000
Summer associate: $3,461/ week
7 out of 7 (2Ls only) (2018)
New York, NY (HQ)
Los Angeles, CA
Advertising and Marketing
Antitrust and Competition
Bankruptcy and Restructuring
Consumer Financial Protection
Consumer Product Safety
Corporate Finance and Securities
Digital Media & Technology
Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Fashion and Retail
Food and Drug Law
Georgetown Economic Services
Government Relations and Public Policy
Information Technology and Outsourcing
Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation
Labor and Employment
Media and Entertainment
Mergers and Acquisitions
Privacy and Information Security
White Collar Crime and Investigations