Skip to Main Content
Troutman Sanders LLP logo

Troutman Sanders LLP

At a Glance


“The people, the opportunities, and the culture.”

“Work/life balance.”

“My colleagues, the flexibility, and the level of responsibility I currently enjoy.”


“Inconsistent workflow.”

“Below-market bonus and compensation in major market.”

“Lack of transparency.”

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

  • 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.
Troutman Sanders LLP

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

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Stephen E. Lewis
Firmwide Development Partner: Ashley Story
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
500 - 750

Base Salary

Varies by market.

Employment Contact

Nicole Archibald
Director of Recruiting
(404) 885-2604

No. of U.S. Offices: 12

No. of International Offices: 0

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
Virginia Beach, VA
Washington, DC

Major Departments

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
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.