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At a Glance

Uppers

“I get to do really interesting work for top-tier clients.

“My career and promotion prospects.

“The people.”

Downers

“The hours and occasional fire drills.”

“Disparity and discrepancies between offices.”

“Pressure.”

About Perkins Coie LLP

With its largest office still in Seattle, Perkins Coie has stayed true to its Washington roots. But over time, the firm has expanded to include 17 domestic offices—four of which are in California—and three offices in Asia. Perkins Coie likes to say that it provides “counsel to great companies,” and a look at its client list will confirm that’s true. Firm clients include household names like Microsoft, Facebook, Starbucks, Amazon, and Google. 

From Birth to Boeing

Perkins Coie got off to a good start: Founded in 1912, the Seattle-based firm’s earliest clients included one William E. Boeing Sr., founder of the eponymous aeronautics company. The relationship with Boeing contributed to Perkins Coie’s reputation for representing high-tech and cutting-edge ventures in what has become one of the nation’s technology hotspots. Today, the firm has more than 1,200 attorneys working across many industries, including aerospace and transportation, energy and natural resources, financial services and investments, life sciences and health care, retail and consumer products, and technology and communications. 

Governing Government 

Perkins Coie is a full-service firm with a range of practices. Business practices include emerging companies, mergers and acquisition; and corporate securities; litigation practices range from privacy and data security to white collar investigations and defense; and IP practices focus on patent prosecution, patent litigation, and trademark. Other significant practices include political law, product liability, environmental, real estate, and trusts and estates. 

The firm has one of the largest and most prestigious political law groups in the country. Its lawyers have experience advising on campaign finance, corporate political matters, voting rights, tax-exempt organizations, election-related litigation, and more. The group is a regular before the Federal Election Commission and has represented clients ranging from political parties and affiliated committees to political candidates and elected officials to Super PACs and tax-exempt organizations to trade associations and lobbying firms, and more. Its experience includes a number of high-profile presidential undertakings—the firm represented the presidential campaigns of John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton; advised President Barack Obama in his personal matters; and handled the responses to dozens of lawsuits filed by the Donald Trump campaign contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Perkins Coie has also earned a reputation as a go-to firm for tech startups over the past few decades, and the firm boasts a number of innovative services itself. The firm has courted new startup clients through its “Startup Percolator” website, which includes free basic guidance on aspects of company formation such as crafting a business plan and choosing a legal structure. Through its Le[a]dBetter program, the firm offers a 15 percent discount off its hourly rates to tech startups with at least one woman in a leadership position, helping to even the playing field in a male-dominated industry. And the firm’s quarterly TechVenture Index provides entrepreneurs and investors with insights into the health and trajectory of emerging growth technology and venture capital using a proprietary algorithm informed by market data.

A Writer’s Life

Perkins Coie may be a shop filled with lawyers, but they sure know how to put pen to paper. The firm publishes 16 blogs through its website. Each one focuses on a different legal arena, including virtual currency, privacy and data security, asset management, and white collar, to name some. The firm has also been recognized for its command of the written word—Perkins Coie attorneys are ten-time recipients of the Burton Award, which commends the top authors of articles submitted by the nation’s largest law firms.

COVID-19 Update

Perkins Coie is currently hiring for many lateral positions and is recruiting 2L students for its 2022 summer program. The firm is participating in OCIs around the country this summer. We expect most of these interviews will be done virtually. The firm closely monitors COVID news and has been allowing limited in-person meetings where permitted by federal, state, and local rules.

News & Awards

NOTABLE CASES
  • After 14 days of trial and two days of deliberations, a jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Perkins Coie client Adidas and awarded the company $304.6 million in compensatory and punitive damages, the largest jury verdict ever awarded in a trademark infringement action.
  • Perkins Coie client Costco Wholesale Corporation prevailed in a case alleging an eight-year, industry-wide conspiracy among dozens of manufacturers to fix the price of LCD panels. After a five-week trial led by Perkins Coie, a federal jury awarded Costco nearly $37 million in damages.
  • Perkins Coie represented Microsoft Corporation in its $7.5 billion acquisition of interactive gaming company ZeniMax Media, Inc. The transaction closed on March 9, 2021, following regulatory approvals.
  • Perkins Coie’s Political Law group, led by partner Marc Elias, filed dozens of cases opposing attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and has filed many others challenging unlawful voting laws around the nation.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • Ranked #23 among the 100 Best Companies to Work For, 2021—Fortune Magazine
  • Mansfield 3.0 Certification Plus, 2020—Diversity Lab
  • Ranked #1 U.S. employer in “Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services,” 2021—Great Place to Work®
  • 141 attorneys recognized and with 41 attorneys ranked Band 1, 2020—Chambers USA
  • Ranked as leading fintech law firm—Chambers FinTech 2021 Guide

Why Work Here

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Perkins Coie embraces diversity and inclusion as part of our commitment to excellence and community.  Diversity is integral to our collegial environment because it allows us to learn from one another, appreciate differences and similarities, and collaborate more effectively.  We are not only committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within the firm; we are also committed to supporting efforts and partnering with other organizations to make the legal profession more diverse and inclusive.

Affinity groups are a key to the firm’s success in this area.  The firm currently has nine affinity groups, including those for African American lawyers, Asian Pacific Islander lawyers, Latino/a lawyers and LGBT lawyers.  These groups develop educational programming, assist with business and professional development opportunities, maintain relationships with national diverse bar associations and foster community among diverse attorneys within the firm.

Perkins Coie LLP

1201 Third Avenue
Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 359-8000

Firm Stats

Chair: Sunita Bali and Elvira Castillo
Hiring Partners: Sarah C. Gillstrom (Anchorage), Jose Villarreal (Austin), Donna L. Barnett (Bellevue), Erika E. Malmen (Boise), Pamela Berkowitz (Chicago), John Hardin (Dallas), Brian P. Kinnear (Denver), Lara J. Dueppen (Los Angeles), Autumn N. Nero (Madison), Alan Howard (NY), Victoria Q. Smith (Palo Alto), Karin S. Aldama (Phoenix), Heidee Stoller (Portland), Joseph P. Reid (San Diego), Camarin Madigan (San Francisco), Ulrike B. Connelly (Seattle), Kate S. Keane (DC)
Managing Partner: William G. Malley
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2021:
26
Billable-Hour Requirement:
Varies by office.

Base Salary

Major Markets Only (All California offices; New York; Washington, DC; Dallas; Austin; and Chicago):
1st year: $205,000
2nd year: $215,000
3rd year: $240,000
4th year: $275,000
5th year: $305,000
6th year: $330,000
7th year: $350,000
8th year: $365,000

Employment Contact

Shelley Levine
Senior Attorney Recruiting Manager
(415) 344-7000
slevine@perkinscoie.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 17

No. of International Offices: 3

Major Office Locations

Anchorage, AK
Austin, TX
Bellevue, WA
Boise, ID
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Los Angeles, CA
Madison, WI
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
Phoenix, AZ
Portland, OR
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA (HQ)
Washington, DC I Beijing
Shanghai
Taipei

Major Departments

Business:
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Financial Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Technology Transactions & Privacy |
Commercial Litigation:
Antitrust, Privacy & Data Security, White Collar & Investigations |
Environment, Energy & Resources |
Intellectual Property:
Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution, Trademark, Copyright, Internet & Advertising
| Labor & Employment | Personal Planning | Political Law | Product Liability | Real Estate & Land Use
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.