2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Variety, abundance, and quality of work.”
“The people are excellent—brilliant, collegial, supportive.”
“Flexible hours and location.”
“Black-box compensation model.”
“Pressure that comes from working at a big firm.”
“Lack of transparency.”
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 law suits. 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
Kilpatrick Townsend opened new offices in Dallas, Houston, Shanghai, and Beijing. It also promoted 15 new partners and recruited eight lateral partners, along with four of counsel.
Managing Intellectual Property selected Kilpatrick Townsend for six Americas Awards 2019 awards, honoring the best IP achievements by law firms and in-house counsel. Awards included U.S. National Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year, U.S. Regional (South) Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year, U.S. Regional (South) Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year, U.S. Regional (Northeast) Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year, Outstanding Georgia IP Litigator of the Year Award, and Impact Case of the Year.
U.S. News-Best Lawyers® awarded Kilpatrick Townsend with its Law Firm of the Year for Litigation—Intellectual Property in its “Best Law Firms” 2019 edition. BTI Litigation Outlook 2019 also ranked Kilpatrick Townsend as one of the nation’s “Top Firms for IP Litigation.”
Law360 selected Kilpatrick Townsend as a 2018 California Powerhouse in its annual Regional Powerhouse series. The firm earned this honor for securing marquis clients across a number of industries, while also achieving significant litigation successes, including the win for CBS and Showtime networks in their “bid to protect intellectual property and crack down on piracy leading up to Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s fight with Conor McGregor,” and its representation of DreamHost in its dispute over the “federal government’s search warrant seeking information on visitors to an anti-Trump website.”
- Handpicked by the DOJ, Kilpatrick Townsend serves as deputy monitor for anti-fraud, ethics, and compliance in the Volkswagen AG emissions proceedings as part of VW’s plea agreement deal.
- Kilpatrick Townsend strategically obtained copyright protection for two adidas “Yeezys” sneakers after several denials by the Copyright Office.
- Kilpatrick Townsend represented the NFL against anti-counterfeiting before Super Bowl LIII, culminating in an ex parte TRO, seizure order, and expedited state trademark registrations that helped confiscate 4,000+ counterfeit merchandise.
- Kilpatrick Townsend closed a $207 million acquisition of FiberTower Corporation for client AT&T to position it as the first U.S. company to introduce 5G wireless.
- Top 10 “Ceiling Smashers” - 2018 (Law360)
- Top Firm & Industry Leader - 2019 (Yale Law Women)
- Diversity & Inclusion Leaders - 2019 (Lawyers of Color)
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
Atlanta, GA 30309-4528
Phone: (404) 815-6555
Firm Chair: Henry Walker
Managing Partner: Roger Wylie
Hiring Partner: Michael Turton
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
500 - 750
1st year: $140,000/$165,000/$190,000*
Summer associate: $3,173-$3,654/week
*Compensation varies by location.
Summer Associate Offers:
16 out of 16 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
25 total (16 2Ls; 9 1Ls) (2018)
Attorney Recruiting Manager
Atlanta, GA (HQ)
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Walnut Creek, CA
Advertising & Publishing
Banking & Credit Unions
Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
Business & Finance
Chemistry & Life Sciences
Construction & Infrastructure
Entertainment, Media & Sports
Government & Regulatory
Investment & Securities
Labor & Employment
Retail & Consumer Goods
Semiconductors & Electronics
Technology & Software
Utilities & Power Systems
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.