2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Good work. Intellectually challenging.”
“The people are incredible.”
“Flexibility in many aspects—types of work, clients, reduced hours, non-partner track options.”
“Like any firm, billing hours can be stressful.”
“No transparency on associate compensation.”
“Formal training is very minimal at our firm and a big opportunity for improvement.”
About Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Born of a January 2011 merger between the Atlanta-based Kilpatrick Stockton and the Bay Area’s Townsend and Townsend and Crew, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s 620 attorneys have spread out from coast to coast and jumped to several continents. The firm is particularly strong in intellectual property litigation, infrastructure, business law, and financial dealings.
Atlanta to the (Peach) Pit
In 1874, Milton Candler and William Thomson founded an Atlanta practice that eventually evolved into Kilpatrick Stockton. Kilpatrick was the first outside law firm retained by the Coca-Cola Company, one of Atlanta’s largest businesses, securing the company’s federal trademark back in 1893. With most of its offices located in the south, the firm also boasted a roster of clients including household names like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Delta Airlines, Harley-Davidson, and Krispy Kreme. In 2011, Kilpatrick—with already strong practices in the business law, finance, and copyright and patent arenas—locked hands with Townsend and Townsend and Crew, a California firm focusing on class action work and IP. With the merger, Kilpatrick, which had a substantial presence in the U.S. south and east coast, took advantage of Townsend’s outposts on the west coast, Northwest, and Asia.
A regular in the top 20 of Vault’s Intellectual Property & IP Litigation ranking, Kilpatrick Stockton is a force in the intellectual property space. The firm has more than 300 intellectual property attorneys among its ranks, who focus on advertising, copyright, patents, trade secrets, and trademarks. The firm’s experience is deep. It has worked on more than 26,000 patent applications across the globe and more than 71,000 trademark applications and registrations. In the past five years, the firm has had a hand in close to 1,000 copyright, trademark, and patent lawsuits. In other words—IP is this firm’s bread and butter. The firm’s work depends on a multi-disciplinary approach, with the firm applying knowledge relating to licensing, joint ventures, M&A, and more as they apply to IP matters.
Making an Impact
Kilpatrick Townsend has combined its corporate responsibility efforts into a six-pronged program called KT IMPACT. The six areas are: community leadership, diversity and inclusion, philanthropy, pro bono, sustainability, and volunteerism. Some diversity efforts include the women’s initiative and KT Proud, the firm’s LGBTQ affinity network. The firm has also raised more than half a million dollars for nonprofits and supports 10 year-round educational programs in the U.S. They are also one of 15 law firms on the EPA Green Power User List, and have two LEED Gold certified offices, including the Atlanta HQ.
News & Awards
The KTS Employee Financial Support Fund (EFSF) was established in 2020 to assist firm employees facing unexpected financial hardships. Grant applications will be reviewed by an independent committee, comprised of Kilpatrick Townsend partners and professional staff, and grants are set up to be tax-free for recipients. Donations are tax-deductible.
Kilpatrick Townsend unequivocally stands against racial injustice and inequality. We are committed to taking a holistic approach to achieving justice and equality in our firm, communities and legal system. To this end, we recently created a Justice & Equality Task Force. The Task Force is charged with providing guidance and making recommendations for confronting racial injustice and inequality; providing meaningful anti-racist education; and addressing bias wherever it presents itself. The Task Force will use internal programming and activities, coordinate with and support of external organizations, and encourage pro bono work to meet its objectives.
On June 29, 2020 Kilpatrick Townsend hosted its 2nd Annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit. More than 100 attorneys and summer associates came together virtually for small-group discussions, presentations, and team building. Attendees had an opportunity to participate in group discussions and listen to keynote speaker Alex Carter, a Columbia Law professor and the director of the Law School’s Mediation Clinic, who presented on “Negotiation and Self-Advocacy.” Attendees also heard Kilpatrick Townsend’s leadership discuss the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
- The firm won a 7-2 decision in a closely watched U.S. Supreme Court patent case on behalf of client Thryv, Inc.
- Kilpatrick Townsend Helped Delta Air Lines raise >$7 billion through three public and Rule 144A offerings to blunt the COVID-19’s impact on Delta’s operations.
- A patent application Kilpatrick Townsend is prosecuting for Visa generated buzz in the news and the cryptocurrency industry because it covers the creation of a digital dollar, which Congress is currently considering.
- Kilpatrick Townsend closed two funding rounds in seven months for privacy management software company OneTrust, raising $410 million.
- Band 1 for Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets (USA-Nationwide)— Chambers USA 2020
- 2020 U.S. Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year and Firm of the Year for Trademark Contentious (U.S. South Region)—Managing Intellectual Property
- 85 Tier 1 National and Metropolitan Practice Rankings—U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2020 “Best Law Firms”
- Among the top 10 large law firms with the highest number of women in its equity partnership—Law360 2019 Glass Ceiling Report
- 2019 Law Firm Diversity Champion Award—Facebook
Why Work Here
Advancing The Legal Profession Worldwide
From Atlanta to D.C, New York to San Francisco, and even Stockholm to Shanghai, our attorneys address the sophisticated needs of a global economy.
Ready to join our best-in-class team? In addition to professional development and community involvement opportunities, we offer competitive salary and benefits packages. Visit KTRecruits.com to view career openings.
1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309-4528
Phone: (404) 815-6555
Firm Chair: Henry Walker
Managing Partner: Roger Wylie
Hiring Partner: Michael Turton
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $140,000/$165,000/$190,000*
Summer associate: $3,173-$3,654/week
*Compensation varies by location
Attorney Recruiting Manager
No. of U.S. Offices: 17
No. of International Offices: 4
Atlanta, GA (HQ)
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Walnut Creek, CA
Winston-Salem, NC I Beijing
Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring ∙ Construction & Infrastructure ∙ Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Governance ∙ Employee Benefits ∙ Government & Regulatory ∙ Intellectual Property ∙ Patent Litigation ∙ Patent Prosecution ∙ Trademark & Copyright ∙ Labor & Employment ∙ Litigation ∙ Native American ∙ Technology Transactions
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.