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Perkins Coie LLP

Founded in Seattle in 1912, Perkins Coie LLP has grown to more than 1,100 lawyers in 209 offices across the United States and Asia.  The firm represents great companies across a wide range of industries and stages of growth—from startups to FORTUNE 500 corporations.

Firm and Practice Accolades

#45 among the highest-grossing U.S. firms (The American Lawyer 2019).

139 attorneys recognized, with 38 attorneys ranked Band 1, by Chambers USA, 2019.

285 attorneys have been listed as leaders in their field (U.S. News 2020).

Nationally ranked in 56 practice areas and regionally ranked in 244 practice areas; named “Law Firm of the Year” in Litigation-Environmental and Patent Law (U.S. News 2020).

16th largest law firm, by attorney head count, in the U.S. (Law360 2019).

“100 Best Companies to Work For” for 18 consecutive years (FORTUNE magazine 2003 – 2020).

Ranked one of America’s “Top Corporate Law Firms” by Forbes, 2019.

Named as the “Law Firm of the Year” in Patent Law by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® for fourth time, 2019.

Our Summer Program

Perkins Coie's summer associate program provides varied work opportunities and social events that are designed to promote interaction among summer associates, attorneys and staff.  Our summer associate program is our primary source of new associate hires.  We principally recruit second-year law students and occasionally hire pre-clerkship third-year law students for our domestic offices.

  • Work assignments: Our summer program offers a range of assignments and learning experiences that provide challenging legal work assignments similar to those given to associates.  All assignments are reviewed, and feedback is provided at the conclusion of an assignment.
  • Contact with Clients:  We encourage our attorneys to invite summer associates to attend depositions, mediations, closings, client meetings, trials and other client-related activities.
  • Pro Bono Work: Summer associates are encouraged to work on pro bono projects which can provide excellent opportunities for direct client contact and court experience.
  • Trainings, Presentations and Firm Meetings: Summer associates are invited to attend continuing legal education sessions offered by the firm during the summer.  We also offer a series of presentations that provide opportunities to learn more about the different practice areas available at the firm.
  • Summer Associate Retreat:  Each summer all Perkins Coie summer associates gather in Seattle for a day of presentations and meetings to learn more about the firm and one another.  The group then travels to a retreat in the nearby Cascade mountains for another day of activities.

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 has received many awards for its deep commitment to diversity including:

  • Ranked one of the “Best Workplaces for Diversity™” by Great Place to Work® and Fortune, 2019
  • Since 2009, Perkins Coie has received a perfect score (100 percent) in the Corporate Equality Index and Best Places to Work by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest advocacy group for GLBT Americans.
  • Included among "The Best Firms for Minority Attorneys," by Law360, 2018
  • Ranked #55 on ALM Legal Intelligence 2019 Diversity Scorecard
  • Named among the “Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother, 2011 – 2019
  • Listed as of one the “Top 100 Law Firms for Women” by WomenInc. Magazine, 2019

Our Pro Bono Work

Perkins Coie has a strong tradition of pro bono and public service and recognizes its professional responsibility to share its expertise and resources with the community.  We are committed to providing high-quality pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations in need of assistance and access to justice.  Lawyers and staff are encouraged to engage in pro bono work and to choose and develop projects that match their personal beliefs, philosophies and interests.  In 2019, Perkins Coie attorneys donated almost 63,000 hours of pro bono legal service. Combined with the contributions of our legal staff, the value of our pro bono time in 2019 amounts to nearly $38 million. Perkins Coie is a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge and has a dedicated pro bono counsel to manage the firm's program.  Our lawyers and staff are supported in their pro bono efforts by the full resources of the firm.

Immigration advocacy remained a key focus of our pro bono work during 2019. Teaming with the Innovation Law Lab and Southern Poverty Law Center, we filed a federal civil lawsuit against the Trump Administration to challenge injustices in the immigration court system (Las Americas v. Trump). We continued to litigate travel ban cases, Wagafe v. Trump and JFS v. Trump. Wagafe challenges the “extreme vetting” of immigrants via CARRP, a secretive, unlawful program. We certified two nationwide classes, obtained tens of thousands of documents, and deposed high-level DHS and USCIS officials, all over the strenuous objections of government attorneys. Trial is scheduled for summer 2020.

In addition to our immigration work, we represented low-income individuals on a wide variety of civil legal issues, including domestic violence, veterans' benefits, estate planning, LGBTQ rights and homelessness prevention. Many of our lawyers were involved in constitutional and civil rights cases pending in various state and federal courts.  Perkins Coie attorneys also provided pro bono advice in legal clinics, offering assistance in general advice clinics to low-income and homeless individuals and in specialty clinics in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, business, consumer law and landlord/tenant law. Our transactional attorneys represented hundreds of nonprofit entities with respect to the establishment of their tax-exempt status, formation and corporate governance issues, intellectual property, employment and real estate issues. They also provided pro bono counsel to numerous low-income entrepreneurs. We performed a wide variety of indigent criminal defense, death penalty, clemency and innocence work in 2019. For example, we worked on 11 cases last year through the Seattle Clemency Project.