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2020 Vault Rankings

At a Glance


“Challenging work”

“Generally supportive environment and colleagues”



“Billable requirement”

“Compensation—particularly for high performers”

“Lack of diversity”

About Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

The transatlantic Womble Bond Dickinson came to be in 2017 through the combination of the U.S.’s Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and the U.K.’s Bond Dickinson. The combining firms each have roots that date back to the 19th Century. Womble Bond Dickinson focuses on energy and natural resources, financial institutions, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, retail and consumer, transportation and infrastructure, life sciences, pharma, communications and technology, private wealth, and healthcare sectors. Firm clients include GlaxoSmithKline, Wells Fargo, Aetna Life Insurance, Volkswagen, AIG, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, HSBC, Carnival Cruises, and Marks & Spencer. The combined firm now has 26 offices in the UK and US, with more than 1,000 attorneys, placing Womble Bond Dickinson among the AmLaw100.


Founded in 1876 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the firm that would become Womble Carlyle operated from a single office in Winston-Salem for more than a century. B.S. Womble joined the firm in 1907 and in 1923 Irving E. Carlyle joined the firm after a short stint as the basketball and baseball coach of Wake Forest. In the 1980s, Womble Carlyle began expanding outside Winston-Salem, establishing offices in Raleigh in 1982 and Charlotte in 1984. Through the 1990s, Womble Carlyle added offices in South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, California, and Washington, DC. In 2011 Womble Carlyle and South Carolina’s Buist Moore merged to form the largest law firm in both Carolinas, growing the firm to more than 550 attorneys.

Bond Dickinson

The Dickinson wing of the firm traces its roots back to through five generations of Dickinsons to Robert Dickinson who set up his law practice in London’s Royal Arcade in 1859. The firm would later move to Newcastle and be run by his grandson (also called Robert Dickinson), a former high jumper who competed in the 1924 Paris Olympics. A great-great-grandson of the founding Dickinson, Alexander Dickinson, is a partner in the firm today. In 1975, the firm, then known as Dickinson Miller & Turnbull merged with Dees & Thompson Griffith & Co, which traces its roots back to 1786, to form Dickinson Dees. The Bond name in the letterhead comes from Bond Pearce, a Plymouth-based firm that merged with Dickinson in 2013 to form Bond Dickinson.

Why Work Here

Why Work Here

You deserve more from your legal practice than a paycheck and a lock-step march to partnership. Meaningful work that challenges and excites you. Mentors eager to help you grow. Freedom to seek a balance between your work and home life. The opportunity to serve your community in a way that suits your interests and values. A collegial environment filled with people you look forward to seeing each day. And a true commitment to diversity and community service.

We invite you to explore Womble Bond Dickinson and see if our firm may be a good match for your career goals. Some specifics about Womble Bond Dickinson include:

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

One West Fourth Street
Winston Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 721-3600


Managing Partner: Betty Temple
Hiring Partner: Eric Glidewell

Base Salary

Northern Virginia; Palo Alto; Washington, DC
1st year: $170,000
Summer Associate: $2,615/week Atlanta; North Carolina offices
1st year: $155,000
Summer Associate: $2,385/week South Carolina
1st year: $125,000
Summer Associate: $1,923/week  South Carolina
1st year: $125,000
Summer Associate: $1,817/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
7 out of 10 (2017)

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Baltimore, MD
Boston, MA
Charleston, SC
Charlotte, NC
Charlottesville, VA
Columbia, SC
Greensboro, NC
Greenville, SC
Palo Alto, CA
Raleigh, NC
Research Triangle Park, NC
Tyson's Corner, VA
Washington, DC
Wilmington, DE
Aberdeen, UK
Bristol, UK
Edinburgh, UK
Leeds, UK
London, UK
Newcastle, UK
Plymouth, UK
Southampton, UK

Major Departments & Practices

Admiralty, Global Logistics and Transportation
Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Business Bankruptcy (Chapter 11), Restructuring, and Creditors' Rights
Business Litigation
Capital Markets, M & A, and Financial Services Attorneys
Communications, Technology, and Media
Construction Disputes and Contracting
Consumer and Industrial Product Manufacturing
Corporate and Securities
Economic Development
Environmental, Energy & Toxic Tort Litigation
ERISA & Employee Benefits Law
Financial Institutions and Services
Financial Services Litigation
Food, Beverage and Agriculture
Global Business
Government Business
Government Contracts
Healthcare Law
High Technology
Home Furnishings
Intellectual Property
Labor and Employment Law
Life Sciences and Biotechnology
Mass Torts
Pharmaceutical Products
Real Estate
Real Estate and Community Development
Specialty and Agricultural Chemical
Timberland Resources and Paper
Transportation Automobile and Components
Trusts and Estates
Wealth Management