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At a Glance

Uppers

“The quality of work and opportunities.”

“I both respect my colleagues and enjoy working with them.”

“Small enough to stand out, big enough to blend in.”

Downers

“Compensation. The tier structure as opposed to a guaranteed yearly promotion and yearly salary increase.”

“Non-billable expectations.”

“Lack of transparency in promotion decisions.”

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, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Today, the firm is home to more than 225 attorneys. 

High Stakes

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, which resulted in the largest known settlement of a private antitrust action in the history of the Sherman Act. 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 the first to earn the “IP Litigation Department of the Year” title from The American Lawyer.

Exceptional Training

Attorneys at Robins Kaplan are not thrown into the deep end without a life jacket; they receive extensive training through the firm’s First Chair: Robins Kaplan Trial Academy program. Over a six-year period, attorneys go through three phases of training: Junior associates cover oral arguments, depositions, and negotiations; mid-level associates go through basic jury trial training; and senior associates progress to complex jury trials. And the firm’s trial practice center offers a place for the rubber to hit the road—the high-tech courtroom allows attorneys to accurately simulate trials and other court proceedings.

COVID-19 Update

We continue to recruit students who are passionate about pursuing a career in litigation and trial work. We currently conduct screening and call back interviews using remote technology and look forward to a time when we will interview all candidates in person.

Robins Kaplan LLP

800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 349-8500

Firm Stats

Chairman of the Executive Board: Ronald J. Schutz
Hiring Partners: Mark S. LaConte (Boston), Michael A. Geibelson (LA), Patrick M. Arenz (Minneapolis), Oren D. Langer (NY)
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
150 - 250
No. of Partners Named 2021:
4
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1,900 for full-time associates and includes all billable hours, all pro bono hours (provided that anything over 100 pro bono hours is approved), and 50 firm citizenship hours—including recruiting, training/professional development, professional responsibility, and diversity, equity and inclusion hours.

Base Salary

Boston:
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

Employment Contact

Minneapolis
Martha G. Capper
Firmwide Attorney Recruiting and Alumni Manager
(612) 349-8500
mcapper@robinskaplan.com
Recruiting contacts for all offices at robinskaplan.com/careers

No. of U.S. Offices: 7

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Bismarck, ND
Boston, MA
Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis, MN (HQ)
New York, NY
Silicon Valley, CA
Sioux Falls, SD

Major Departments

American Indian Law & Policy
Acumen Powered by Robins Kaplan LLP
Affirmative Recovery
Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Appellate Advocacy and Guidance
Business Litigation
Class Action Litigation
Entertainment Litigation
Health Care Litigation
Insurance & Catastrophic Loss
Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation
Mass Tort
Plaintiff Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice
Restructuring & Business Bankruptcy
Wealth Planning, Administration & Disputes
Civil Rights and Police Misconduct
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.