2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Sophisticated, high-stakes litigation.”
“The firm provides great skills development.”
“People are excellent.”
“Compensation and bonuses.”
“Lack of transparency.”
“Unpredictable work hours.”
About Robins Kaplan LLP
Robins Kaplan LLP is a national law firm known for its trial litigation practice, particularly in the intellectual property, complex business litigation, and mass tort arenas. The firm's attorneys are no strangers to high-profile, high-stakes trial work and multimillion-dollar verdicts.
Minneapolis Midsized Hotshot
Robins Kaplan was founded in 1938 as Robins & Davis in Minneapolis. The firm continues to be a strong presence in the Midwest—it is among the Top 30 firms in Vault’s Best Law Firms in the Midwest—and about half of its attorneys continue to be based there. But it also has built its practice across California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Today, the firm is home to around 250 attorneys.
Among the firm’s core practices are business litigation, intellectual property & technology litigation, insurance, mass torts, and plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. The firm has a strong litigation practice, and with its catch phrase “rewriting the odds,” Robins Kaplan doesn’t shy away from high-stakes, complex litigation. Perhaps the firm’s most famous case in the past few decades was when Robins Kaplan secured a $7 billion dollar settlement—including $500 million in fees—from Big Tobacco to pay Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the state of Minnesota in a mass tort action lawsuit in 1998, a payout which resulted in very high profits per partner that year. But that is just one of many high-profile litigations on the firm’s resume.
Robins Kaplan is also known for its top-notch antitrust practice, including its work on In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Litigation. According to the firm, it has achieved nearly $10 billion in recoveries on behalf of plaintiffs in antitrust matters. The firm also works on the defense side and assists clients with internal investigations. Outside of the courtroom, Robins Kaplan assists clients with antitrust risk assessments and counseling.
Another key practice for the firm is IP litigation, which includes such areas as copyright, Hatch-Waxman litigation, patents, privacy and cybersecurity, trade secrets, and trademarks, among others. Among the firm’s notable clients include Best Buy, General Electric, General Mills, Honeywell, and Medtronic. Notably, the firm was first to be named “IP Litigation Department of the Year” by The American Lawyer.
Attorneys at Robins Kaplan are not thrown into the deep end without a life jacket; instead they receive extensive training through the firm’s program The Exceptional Advocate. This program focuses on several core areas: business development, experiential learning, and writing advocacy. The firm also offers frequent presentations as well as online CLEs.
800 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 349-8500
Chairman of the Executive Board: Ronald J. Schutz
Hiring Partners: Mark S. LaConte (Boston), Michael Geibelson (LA), Brandon Vaughn (Minneapolis), Lawrence A. Farese (Naples), Oren Langer (NY)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
250 - 500
1st year: $150,000
Summer associate: $2,653/week Los Angeles
1st year: $160,000
Summer associate: $2,653/week Minneapolis
1st year: $140,000
Summer associate: $2,653/week New York; Silicon Valley
1st year: $160,000
Summer Associate Offers:
5 out of 5 (2019)
No. of Summer Associates:
13 total (5 2Ls; 8 1Ls) (2019)
Martha G. Capper
Attorney Recruiting Manager
See firm website for more information.
Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis, MN (HQ)
New York, NY
Silicon Valley, CA
Sioux Falls, SD
American Indian Law & Policy
Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Appellate Advocacy and Guidance
Class Action Litigation
Health Care Litigation
Insurance & Catastrophic Loss
Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation
Plaintiff Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice
Restructuring & Business Bankruptcy
Wealth Planning, Administration & Disputes
*See firm website for additional departments and specific practice areas and industries.