At a Glance
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About Troutman Sanders LLP
Effective July 1, 2020, Troutman Sanders merged with Pepper Hamilton. This is the legacy profile for Troutman Sanders.
Troutman Sanders was founded at the tail end of the 1800s in Atlanta. But the firm has grown beyond its Georgia peach roots—more than 600 Troutman attorneys practice in 12 offices across the United States and China.
Y’all Are Getting Big
Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders has come a long way since it was founded in 1897 by Walter Colquitt, a sole practitioner. In the intervening 100+ years, the firm has grown primarily through mergers, which have given it a worldwide footprint. Colquitt first expanded the firm in 1930 by welcoming on board, among others, two brothers with the surname Troutman. More than 40 years later, the firm merged with the firm of former Georgia governor Carl Sanders, whose name has been part of the firm’s moniker ever since. A merger with Mays & Valentine in 2001 added 150 attorneys and gave the firm a strong presence in the Virginia market. Four years later, the firm expanded again, opening its New York office with around 90 attorneys from the now-defunct Jenkins & Gilchrist Parker Chapin LLP. Then, the firm merged in 2009 with Ross Dixon & Bell, which added to Troutman’s lineup offices in Chicago, Orange County, and San Diego. The firm opened its newest office in San Francisco, CA in April 2015.
Law Meets Consulting
Troutman Sanders has four core practices—Transactional, Business Litigation, Specialized Litigation, and Regulatory & Finance, under which it boasts 16 sections in nearly every conceivable category. While the firm counsels on the regulars—intellectual property, labor and employment, trust and estates, M&A, etc.—it also has expertise in less common areas like maritime law, hotels, resorts and golf, multifamily housing, and nuclear regulation.
Like many large firms with presences in DC and big-time clients, Troutman has a “government relations” arm. Troutman Sanders Strategies is a stand-alone firm that assists the clients of its law firm sibling with consulting and lobbying services on issues including agriculture, energy and environment, insurance and health care, appropriations and project funding, telecommunications and technology, and transportation and infrastructure. Troutman Sanders Strategies has offices in four cities: Atlanta; Washington, DC; Raleigh; and Richmond.
Global Pro Bono
Troutman’s pro bono programs take numerous forms. In New York, Troutman lawyers serve as court-appointed advocates for low or no-income adult tenants facing eviction from their New York City apartments. Other pro bono work includes assisting with Holocaust reparation cases, providing free estate planning, counseling on death penalty cases, and working on Project KIND, which assists children of immigrants who need assistance in the immigration system.
News & Awards
Ryan Schneider, a partner in Troutman Sanders’ Intellectual Property practice, has been named Attorney of the Year by the Georgia PATENTS program, which assists solo inventors, nonprofits, and small businesses with finding patent agents and attorneys to help file patents on a pro bono basis.
In 2018, the Multifamily Housing Finance practice continued its great performance and handled more than 3,200 loans (up from 2,900 in 2017) and serviced transactions for lenders totaling more than $52 billion in loan value ($50 billion in 2017). This included multiple major portfolio transactions, including serving as lender’s counsel for Holliday, Fenoglio, Fowler, L.P. on its $800.45 million portfolio refinancing through Freddie Mac. The portfolio took advantage of Freddie Mac’s Structured Pool Transactions program with a single, master note evidencing five-, six-, and seven-year loan terms and both fixed and floating rate components with collateral release provisions and varying prepayment windows. The portfolio included 23 properties located in the Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Antonio, and Tampa markets.
A team of Troutman Sanders attorneys advised GreenSky, Inc. in connection with its IPO that closed on May 29, 2018. In addition to being the largest FinTech IPO of 2018, it was named IPO of the Year by ACG Atlanta.
Associate Buck Dixon was named Pro bono Attorney of the Month by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an organization for asylum seekers.
- Troutman Sanders advised Con Edison Development, Inc., a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. in its $1.54 billion acquisition of a Sempra Energy subsidiary.
- The firm helped client Nationstar Mortgage, LLC dodge a nationwide class action—a big win because similar cases had settled for millions of dollars.
- Troutman Sanders advised ARRIS International plc in its private equity-backed, $7.4 billion acquisition by CommScope.
- Mansfield Certification
- Rating of 100% in Corporate Equality Index, 2019
- Troutman Sanders was recognized in 28 national and regional practices in Chambers USA 2019, and 75 attorneys earned individual recognition
- Law360 Practice Group of the Year 2018: Consumer Financial Services practice
- Troutman Sanders LLP ranked nationally in 33 practice areas in the 2019 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers“Best Law Firms” and was recognized in 122 metropolitan categories.
600 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: (404) 885-3000
Managing Partner: Stephen E. Lewis
Firmwide Development Partner: Ashley Story
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
500 - 750
Varies by market.
No. of Summer Associates:
60 total (42 2Ls; 18 1Ls) (2019)
Director of Recruiting
Atlanta, GA (HQ)
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Virginia Beach, VA
Cybersecurity, Information Governance & Privacy
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Environmental & Natural Resources
Government & Regulatory
Labor & Employment
Multifamily Housing Finance
Private Wealth Management
Project Development, Acquisition & Finance
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.