2020 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#3
At a Glance
"Friendly, supportive colleagues.”
“Great training and mentorship opportunities.”
“Flexibility with working from home.”
“Lack of transparency.”
“Not sure what partnership prospects truly are.”
About Ropes & Gray LLP
Ropes & Gray has expanded in every measurable way in the 21st century, merging with smaller boutique firms in the States while claiming new turf in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Known for its corporate and asset management work, the firm has adapted to law’s accelerated globalization by bolstering practice areas like intellectual property, litigation, life sciences, and health care.
Beantown & Beyond
John Codman Ropes and John Chipman Gray, a couple of Harvard Law School grads, founded the firm in Boston in 1865. The Great Depression saw the firm develop its bankruptcy practice, the New Deal sparked the firm’s labor practice, and the creation of the SEC added financial reports to its services. By the 1960s, the firm had grown to nearly 75 attorneys.
Ropes & Gray is among the top 15 firms by revenue, according to the AmLaw100. The firm opened six offices between 2007 and 2013 in Chicago, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Seoul. The latter four served to expand the private equity practice for clients looking to invest in Asian markets.
Courtrooms and Boardrooms
With 400 litigators across the firm, Ropes & Gray’s litigation department alone is larger than most law firms. The firm’s experience is vast, including such areas as antitrust, appellate, securities litigation, employment, FCA, compliance, white collar defense, privacy, intellectual property, and trade secret litigation, among others. On the appellate side, the firm smashed ground as co-counsel in the marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges before SCOTUS, which extended marriage rights to same-sex couples across the United States. The firm also boasts a highly regarded IP department, which includes 75 IP litigators and technical advisors. The IP litigation team doesn’t merely use words to advocate for its clients—an in-house graphics and animation team create 2D and 3D media to explain technical information to fact finders.
On the deal side, Ropes & Gray has built up a strong leveraged buyout practice in addition to impressive financial services and asset management practices. Long-time client Bain Capital recently called on the firm to advise on the largest leveraged buyout and private equity deal ever in Asia: the sale by Toshiba Corp. of its semiconductor business to a group that was led by Bain Capital. Ropes & Gray is also among the top firms in structuring IPOs, representing both issuers and many of the leading underwriters.
Attorneys at Ropes & Gray are like boomerangs—more than 50 attorneys have returned to the firm since January 2012. These “re-ttorneys” bring valuable experiences back to the firm after stints in-house, within government, or elsewhere. But as some attorneys return, others launch. The firm’s GO (“Global Opportunities”) program offers firm lawyers the opportunity to work in a new city at one of the firm’s other offices or temporarily for one of the firm’s clients.
News & Awards
In its April 2019 issue, The American Lawyer named private equity partners Tsuyoshi Imai (Tokyo) and William Shields (Boston) to the publication’s “Dealmakers of the Year” list. The prestigious list honors corporate attorneys who guided noteworthy corporate transactions. Tsuyoshi and Will advised a Bain Capital-led consortium in its $18 billion buyout of Toshiba’s memory chip business, the largest-ever leveraged buyout in Asia.
In April 2019, for the 11th consecutive year, Ropes & Gray earned a perfect score on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The firm also earned the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
In January 2019, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly honored benefits partner Jenny Rikoski as one of its 2018 “Lawyers of the Year.” Jenny leads Ropes & Gray’s pro bono representation of immigrant children and their parents who were separated at the Texas border as part of the U.S. government’s “zero-tolerance” policy. The work involved mobilizing the firm’s network, including attorneys and staff from 10 offices. With the team’s help, 75 parents and children were reunited and released from detention facilities. In 2018, nearly 1,700 professionals worldwide logged more than 156,000 pro bono hours.
In July 2018, The American Lawyer ranked Ropes & Gray number one on the 2018 “A-List,” which recognizes the top 20 law firms in the United States by evaluating achievements in a number of key areas: firm performance, pro bono, diversity, associate satisfaction and the percentage of women in the equity partnership. This year, the firm’s female equity partners score is also the highest of all firms on the list. This is the eighth consecutive year that the firm has been named to this key legal industry benchmark.
- In December 2018, Ropes & Gray released a report detailing the findings of our independent investigation into Larry Nassar’s abuse of elite and Olympic gymnasts and other children.
- In spring 2018, Ropes & Gray guided more than $20 billion in private equity transactions on four continents in two weeks, including advising Advent International in its Walmart Brazil acquisition; counseling Intermediate Capital Group on the U.K.’s largest and Europe’s third-largest PE-led software buyout; and representing Alibaba Group on its investment in ZTO Express, one of the world’s largest express delivery companies.
- Ropes & Gray helped DecoNet develop a software license—for technology that creates a decentralized platform for sharing/shopping computer code—that is transferable using a blockchain.
- Practice Groups of the Year: Private Equity and Privacy & Cybersecurity - 2018 (Law360)
- Washington, D.C.’s Best Lawyers: Alex Rene and Collen Conry - 2018 (The Washingtonian)
- Healthcare & Pharma Deal of the Year / Healthcare & Pharma Dealmaker of the Year - 2019 (The Deal)
- Advocacy Firm of the Year - 2018 (Human Trafficking Legal Center)
- Best Law Firm 2019 (The Times)
Why Work Here
WHAT TO EXPECT
The vast majority of entry-level attorneys at Ropes & Gray start their careers at the firm as summer associates, which is why we structure our 10-week summer program to offer a realistic sense of daily life at the firm. Summer associates handle challenging work on actual client matters as part of a comprehensive program designed to offer both professional and personal growth.
Training and Development
Ropes & Gray associates can count on the firm to help them enhance their professional development. We provide:
- Career Support Each associate is assigned an associate development partner (ADP), who works closely with the appropriate practice group associate development manager (ADM) to support each associate’s development and advancement.
- Challenging Work We offer associates exposure to numerous partners and progressively greater responsibilities, with ADPs and ADMs collaborating to ensure that each associate receives a steady stream of work and real-time performance feedback.
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199-3600
Phone: (617) 951-7000
Chairman: R. Bradford Malt
Managing Partner: David C. Chapin
Hiring Partner: Peter Erichsen
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
1K - 1.5K
1st year: $190,000
Summer associate: $3,700/week
Summer Associate Offers:
162 out of 162 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
170 total (162 2Ls; 8 1Ls)
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity Transactions
Real Estate Investments & Transactions
Securities & Public Companies
Tax & Benefits
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.