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About McCarter & English, LLP
Founded as a small-town, one-lawyer practice in the Garden State more than 175 years ago, McCarter & English is one of New Jersey’s oldest law firms, and one of its largest. The firm has grown—both organically and strategically—to around 400 lawyers in 10 offices on the East Coast, including offices in Delaware; Massachusetts; New York; Pennsylvania; Connecticut; and Washington, DC.
McCarter has been focused on serving innovative clients, since it was founded in 1865 by Thomas Nesbitt McCarter. Clients have included inventors like Thomas Edison and gunslinger Annie Oakley to biotech and cryptocurrency fund clients today.
The firm’s work hasn’t gone unrecognized. McCarter has been names as a Regional Powerhouse by Law360, and a National Mid-Sized Powerhouse by BTI Consulting. The American Lawyer also deemed the firm as Regional Litigation Department of the Year for New Jersey.
McCarter advises a range of clients, from Fortune 100 companies (40 percent of them to be exact) to middle-market companies to emerging growth companies. The firm works across various industries, including cannabis, energy, financial institutions, health care, life sciences, proptech, renewable energy, and sports, to name some.
McCarter has been recognized for its work in such areas as litigation, health care, insurance, IP, and private equity. The firm’s litigators have experience in myriad areas—from appellate to class actions to construction to securities, and more—and pride themselves in building long-term relationships with clients. In the health care space, the firm takes a multi-disciplinary approach, advising on transactional matters, regulatory issues, data security, IP, antitrust concerns, and tax issues, on top of myriad other areas that may affect its clients in the industry.
McCarter’s corporate lawyers handle debt financings, M&A, private equity, regulatory matters, and securities. The firm is home to a stand-out private equity practice—according to the firm, Pitchbook ranked McCarter among the top 10 firms in the U.S. for venture capital transactions by deal activity in 2019. The firm has experience working on buyouts, fund formation, leveraged acquisitions and restructuring, public offerings, and recapitalizations—among other areas.
Making a Difference
Under the direction of a robust Pro Bono Committee, McCarter shines when it comes to serving others. Its attorneys spend tens of thousands of hours on pro bono work, and the firm has been honored with the ABA Pro Bono Publico Award. Its work includes such areas as animal rights, asylum, constitutional law, human trafficking, transactional work for nonprofits, and veterans. In addition, the firm sponsors the McCarter & English Pro Bono Fellowship for the City of Newark.
Four Gateway Center
100 Mulberry Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 622-4444
Managing Partner: Joseph T. Boccassini
Chairman: Joseph Lubertazzi, Jr.
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
250 - 500
1st year: $150,000
2nd year: $155,000
3rd year+: Merit Based
Summer Associate: $2,885/week
Chief Human Resources Officer
(201) 906 9243
No. of U.S. Offices: 10
No. of International Offices: 0
East Brunswick, NJ
New York, NY
Newark, NJ (HQ)
Bankruptcy & Commercial Litigation
Environment & Energy
Government Contracts & Global Trade
Insurance Recovery, Litigation & Counseling
Labor & Employment
Products Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions
Tax & Employee Benefits
Trusts, Estates & Private Clients
Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies