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At a Glance


“The people and the culture”

“Opportunities for flexibility”

“Strong middle-market work”


“Bonus structure is very poor”

“Lack of transparency regarding compensation, elevation, and other management decisions”

“The firm's reputation is still largely regional”

About Troutman Sanders LLP

Troutman Sanders was founded at the tail end of the 1800s in Atlanta. But the firm has grown beyond its Georgia peach roots—over 600 Troutman attorneys practice in 16 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. Over 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 five core practices—Business Law, Finance, Litigation, Energy & Industry Regulation, and Real Estate—under which it boasts dozens of practice groups 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 healthcare, appropriations and project funding, telecommunications and technology, and transportation and infrastructure. Troutman Sanders Strategies has offices in four cities: Atlanta, Washington, Raleigh, and Richmond.

Global Pro Bono

Around the world, Troutman’s pro bono programs take numerous forms. Part of a larger global initiative, the Operation Smile China Medical Mission was established in Hong Kong in 1991 to repair childhood facial deformities—such as cleft palates—and fund medical programs. The firm’s Hong Kong office has been instrumental in helping set up Operation Smile’s Chinese non-profit branch. Meanwhile, 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.

Troutman Sanders LLP

600 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 5200
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: (404) 885-3000


Managing Partner: Stephen E. Lewis
Firmwide Development Partner: Stephen W. Riddell

Base Salary

1st year: $180,000
Summer associate: $3,000/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
29 out of 33 (2Ls) (2017)
31 out of 34 (2Ls) (2016)

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA (HQ)
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
Portland, OR
Raleigh, NC
Richmond, VA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Tysons Corner, VA
Virginia Beach, VA
Washington, DC
Hong Kong

Major Departments & Practices

Cybersecurity, Information Governance & Privacy
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Environmental & Natural Resources
Government & Regulatory
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Multifamily Housing Finance
Private Wealth Management
Project Development, Acquisition & Finance