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About Robinson & Cole LLP
Robinson & Cole LLP was founded in 1845 in Connecticut. The firm still has deep Connecticut roots with three offices in the Constitution state, but it also boasts an additional eight offices across the U.S. With more than 200 lawyers among its ranks, Robinson+Cole is an AmLaw 200 firm with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.
From Trials to Transactions
Attorneys at Robinson+Cole work in 15 main practices, advising clients across 11 industries. Among the industries the firm serves are construction, education, energy, exempt organizations, financial institutions, food and beverage, health care, manufacturing, marine ports, real estate, and technology. The firm also pens various blogs relating to some of these areas.
Close to one third of the firm’s lawyers practice in its litigation group. The firm’s litigators are experienced in such areas as antitrust, business litigation, class actions, data privacy and cybersecurity, employment, environmental law, health care, product liability, real estate, and more. The firm touts its litigators’ trial experience and appellate experience.
Robinson+Cole’s corporate lawyers assist everyone from entrepreneurs to corporate legal departments with their transactional needs, including investment management, M&A, private equity, and securities. The firm prides itself in a personalized approach through which it strives to understand the client’s market position, needs, and long-term goals.
Rocking Real Estate & Blooming Bankruptcy
The firm has been recognized for its real estate work, which includes everything from commercial leasing to affordable housing and financing to litigating to project development, and more. Clients include large companies, lenders, retailers, developers, and state agencies.
With an eye toward the future, the firm recently bolstered its bankruptcy practice, adding a new team of lawyers, as well as offices in Philadelphia, PA, and Wilmington, DE, in early 2019. These locations join the firm’s expanding New York City office and Hartford office as hubs of the bankruptcy practice. Robinson+Cole employs a cross-disciplinary approach to its bankruptcy matters, offering clients counsel into such areas as finance, hedge funds, M&A, regulatory law, and tax.
Food for Thought & Mentors Times Two
If there is one thing Robinson+Cole isn’t short on, it is support for its associates. The firm strives to give associates a voice through its Associates Council—a group that serves as liaisons between the associates and firm management. The Associates Council runs an annual retreat for all of the associates with educational and fun activities on the agenda. All associates also receive not just one, but two mentors—an associate mentor and a partner one. And associates can grab a bite, stay up to date on recent trends in the legal industry, and fulfill MCLE requirements through the firm’s luncheon series called “Food for Thought.” In addition, associates have a series of more informal “Lunch & Learn” sessions hosted by the firm’s Career Development partner to address questions and concerns they have as they navigate their career paths.
Why Work Here
JOIN IN OUR SUCCESS
Our success is fueled by innovation, passion, and intelligence. We bring together the right people to create the right solutions. We only those choose talented attorneys whose character and practice will be a fit for our culture and our firm.
We have an entrepreneurial spirit, grounded in 175 years of legal excellence. When you consider joining another firm, you may think that you need to choose between the resources and depth of a large law firm and the flexibility and individuality of a smaller one. At Robinson+Cole, you get both. Our size, structure, and geographic footprint uniquely position us to offer the highest quality legal and support services to our clients at cost-effective rates. Our culture is one of collegiality and collaboration, where creativity and strategic thinking are valued.
Many of our clients’ interests span the country and the globe. By nurturing a robust network of relationships, we’ve expanded our capabilities to serve our clients wherever their needs arise. We actively participate in ADVOC, a leading international network of independent law firms; SCG Legal, which extends our global relationships through its network of 140 law firms; and the U.S. Law Firm Group, a national network of law firms, each headquartered in a major U.S. city.
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (800) 826-3579
Managing Partner: Stephen E. Goldman
Hiring Partner: Megan R. Naughton
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
150 - 250
1st year: $125,000–$145,000
2nd year: $130,000–$147,500
3rd year: $135,000–$150,000
Summer associate: $2,403.85–$2,692.31/week
*Rates are set by office.
Lisa M. Vooys
Legal Recruiting Manager
No. of U.S. Offices: 11
No. of International Offices: 0
Los Angeles, CA
New London, CT
New York, NY
Business Reorganization, Bankruptcy, and Creditors’ Rights
Data Privacy & Cyber Security
Environmental, Energy, and Telecommunications
Finance & Public Finance
Food & Beverage
Government Relations & Lobbying
Insurance & Reinsurance
Labor, Employment, Benefits, & Immigration
Real Estate & Development
Tax & Tax-Exempt Organizations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.