2020 Vault Rankings
- Firm Culture#14
- Pro Bono#27
At a Glance
“The positive culture.”
“Amazing exit opportunities.”
“The lack of billable-hours target.”
“Too many hours.”
“Lack of control over my schedule—which is to be expected.”
“Some lack of transparency.”
About Proskauer Rose LLP
Proskauer Rose is practically synonymous with “sports law”—clients include Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and the National Basketball Association. Although flashy, this reputation shortchanges the firm’s incredibly diversified work, which features top-notch corporate, litigation, tax, private client services, entertainment, and labor and employment practices.
From Small Business to Big Business
Firm forefather William R. Rose opened up shop in downtown Manhattan in 1875 at the sprightly age of 21. Rose’s first clients were local retailers, and his skill soon caught the attention of New York’s burgeoning business class, who hired Rose’s firm to represent them in corporate and personal estate matters. The firm’s reputation (and headcount) continued to grow, and by 1907, name partner Benjamin Paskus—a tax specialist—joined the firm. The outfit founded a successful tax practice following the Sixteenth Amendment’s passage in 1913. Joseph Proskauer joined the firm in 1930 and ushered in a new era for the firm. Proskauer’s passion for music forged connections with Carnegie Hall and some of America’s most prominent musicians, including Leonard Bernstein, whose estate is still handled by the firm.
Labor, Layups, and Lead Passes
Proskauer lawyers are leaders in labor and employment, consistently ranking in the top 10 of Vault’s practice area ranking. Among the areas the firm covers are employee benefits and executive compensation, employment counseling, employment litigation and class actions, labor/management relations, non-compete and trade secrets, strategic corporate planning, and whistleblowers. The firm gets its insights into the blog-o-sphere through its Law and the Workplace blog and even has a podcast on employee benefits and executive compensation.
Proskauer is officially the king of media, entertainment, and sports—the firm clinched the No. 1 spot in Vault’s inaugural Media, Entertainment, & Sports ranking in 2019. The firm’s sports law practice began in 1963, thanks to partner George Gallantz, who represented a young organization called the National Basketball Association. Three years later, an attorney named David Stern joined the firm—Stern went on to serve as the NBA’s counsel, executive vice president, and, finally, commissioner (he retired in February 2014). The firm also counts Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League, among its notable alumni. The firm’s sports-related experience includes everything from M&A and financing to stadium negotiations and collective bargaining to employment and litigation to IP and licensing—and that’s just the tip of a very big iceberg.
Beyond labor and sports, Proskauer boasts a nationally recognized Private Investment Funds group, as well as litigators who handle cutting-edge intellectual property matters and defend major white collar cases.
You May Have Heard of Them
Proskauer shines across its practice areas. So it’s fitting that the firm’s client roster glitters, too. Clients include Ardian, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Tiffany, Neuberger Berman, all of the major sports leagues, Burberry, Barney’s, Coca-Cola, Creative Artists Agency, Church & Dwight, Diageo, Hermès, Hulu, Johnson & Johnson, Sony Pictures, the Broadway League, MoMA, Neiman Marcus, T-Mobile, MetLife, The New York Times, and the New York Stock Exchange.
News & Awards
Proskauer’s recent deals include advising Discovery in both its $2 billion+ strategic alliance with PGA Tour, and its £300 million streaming deal with the BBC, including the launch of a global direct-to-consumer streaming service; and the Los Angeles 2028 Organizing Committee’s groundbreaking partnership with NBCUniversal to sell advertising and sponsorship rights for Team USA and the Olympic and Paralympic Games through 2028.
The firm was lead trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in two products liability trial victories related to its talc-based products. It also successfully represented Lady Gaga in winning dismissal of a copyright suit concerning her hit single “Judas”; and California-based biopharmaceutical company Amgen Inc. in its patent infringement battle against Roche subsidiary Genentech Inc. over the anticancer medicine Avastin. Proskauer’s expertise in discrimination and harassment law was called on by major companies to advise on how to responsibly and effectively address claims involving sexual harassment in the workplace.
In sports, Proskauer advised on the $2.275 billion sale of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers; advised on the NHL’s expansion to Seattle; served as lead trial counsel for the athletic conference defendants in In re NCAA Athletic Grant-In-Aid Cap Antitrust Litigation involving claims that NCAA limitations on financial aid and benefits to college athletes violate antitrust laws; and acted as employment advisor to the NHL, MFL and MLB in their most significant matters.
The firm’s bankruptcy team serves as leading outside counsel to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico in its historic restructuring as the largest ever U.S. local government to file for bankruptcy. The team also represented unsecured claimholders in nuclear services company Westinghouse Electric Co.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, as well as its subsequent sale to Brookfield Asset Management Inc. for $4.6 billion.
- In 1930, Proskauer organized Hermes of Paris, Inc. as a corporation for French client Hermes, believed to be the firm’s longest continuing client.
- Proskauer’s entertainment practice has its roots in the 19th century, when it represented theater industry impresarios such as Charles Frohman, manager of John Drew and Ethel Barrymore, and Maurice Grau, manager of the Metropolitan Opera.
- In 1991, Proskauer represented Simon & Schuster in the Supreme Court case challenging the constitutionality of the “Son of Sam” victims’ compensation legislation, ruling criminals cannot profit from their crimes.
- In 2016, Proskauer won two patent infringement cases against Apple, related to iPhone features, for client MobileMedia Ideas.
- 2019 Pro Bono Hot list, April 2019 (The National Law Journal)
- Thomas L. Sager Award for Diversity and Inclusion, October 2018 (The Minority Corporate Counsel Association - MCCA)
- Litigation Department of the Year Finalist, October 2018 (the New York Law Journal)
- Hospitality Group of the Year, February 2019 (Law360)
- One of the best firms to work for, September 2018 (The American Lawyer Summer Associate Survey)
Why Work Here
The world’s leading organizations and global players rely on Proskauer to help achieve their most daring ambitions and to overcome their most daunting challenges. Business savvy and market driven, Proskauer’s intellectual capital drives success. We are proud of the firm’s many achievements and hard-earned recognitionsacross a full spectrum of transactional and contentious practices.
When you build a career at our Firm, you’ll work with the best minds in the business. Our top-tier team – 725 strong – of star trial attorneys, acclaimed transactional lawyers and exceptionally talented partners and associates have earned a reputation for relentlessly pursuing excellence as they secure victories, help to build businesses, and set precedents around the world.
Eleven Times Square
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 969-3000
Chairman: Joseph M. Leccesse
Recruiting Chairs: Galen Lewis/Vinny Lucibello (Boston), Matthew Triggs (Boca Raton), Marc Rosenthal (Chicago), Guy Brenner (DC), Doug Frank/Jennifer Roche (LA), Stacey Cerrone (New Orleans), Michael Mervis (NY)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
500 - 750
Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; Washington, DC
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer Associate: $3,654/week Newark
1st year: $167,500
2nd year: $172,500 Boca Raton
1st year: $162,500
2nd year: $167,500 New Orleans
1st year: $132,500
2nd year: $137,500
Summer associate: $2,548/week
Summer Associate Offers:
53 out of 54 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
60 total (54 2Ls; 6 1Ls) (2018)
Boca Raton, FL
Los Angeles, CA
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY (HQ)
Mergers and Acquisitions
Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation & ERISA Litigation
Labor & Employment
Private Client Services
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.