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VAULT'S VERDICT:

Despite the challenges of being so large and so global, Allen & Overy has established itself domestically as a great place for associates to work. Recruiting occurs at top law schools and schools local to specific offices, but the firm emphasizes associates who have international experience, have an interest in cross-border work, and are entrepreneurial. Employees are sociable and supportive, collegial and caring, and everyone is treated as an integral part of the team. Partners engage easily and willingly with associates, and are invested in associate development. The firm does training particularly well, highlighted by a week-long course in London for second years and guidance from senior attorneys at every turn. Laterals integrate well through everything from worldwide practice group retreats to smaller-group mentor programs. Associates get substantive work early, including client interaction and opportunities to push for more significant assignments. Partners and work allocation coordinators help distribute projects equitably. Allen & Overy imposes a billable hour target, not a requirement, which lessens stress but raises questions about what threshold is needed to earn a bonus. Compensation matches the market, and firm tech is exceptional, including AI and contract generation programs. Wellness initiatives are basic but satisfactory, and the firm strongly encourages pro bono work, with hours counting toward the billable target. The firm has improved diversity efforts, most notably in the areas of gender and LGBTQ+, but needs to do better with racial diversity. Promotion to counsel positions might be more realistic than making partner, though partnership is attainable, and external options to go in-house or to financial institutions or global organizations are plentiful.

THE FIRM'S PERSPECTIVE:

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core tenets at Allen & Overy LLP—foremost amongst the firm’s strategic business priorities and central to the kind of firm we want to be. Global Senior Partner Wim Dejonghe makes explicit that “a lack of diversity stifles innovation and puts a block on creativity. No business that wants to build a sustainable future can afford to constrain itself in that way. We can’t be advanced if we are not diverse.” Ours is, therefore, a tradition of providing superior client service through the sharing of varied perspectives and life experiences, to generate fresh ideas and offer creative solutions. Beyond racial, ethnic, and LGBTQ+ diversity, we are committed to the inclusion of those from different social backgrounds and people with disabilities. Our global DE&I priorities emphasize empathy, camaraderie, our people feeling valued, and providing a platform through which all lawyers can thrive. We want everyone who joins us to feel comfortable and confident to be whomever they truly are in the workplace. 

As we expand our footprint across the United States—with new offices in Boston and San Francisco—we are particularly focused on areas of growth and opportunity in the legal landscape, namely renewables and intellectual property in the technology and life sciences spaces. Through our renewables work, our PENRI attorneys work on the cutting edge of supporting and enabling the energy transition. Through our intellectual property work, our Litigation team delivers innovative solutions to novel issues arising in the technological, biotechnological, and pharmaceutical industries.

 

Allen & Overy LLP

1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 610-6300

Firm Stats

US Co-Chairs: Karen Seward (London) and Kent Rowey (Los Angeles)
Managing Partners: Dave Lewis (New York); Anthony Mansfield (Washington, DC)
Hiring Partners: Patrick Pearsall (Washington, DC), Gordon Mak (NY), Caroline Lapidus (San Francisco)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
3K - 3.5K
No. of Partners Named 2022:
43
Billable-Hour Requirement:
2,000

Base Salary

Salaries not disclosed

Employment Contact

Daniel Vatanaviggun
Senior Manager US, Law Student Recruitment
(646) 344-6775
us-lawstudentrecruitment@allenovery.com
General Recruiting Email: legalcareers@allenovery.com
Law Student Recruitment-Specific Email: us-lawstudentrecruitment@allenovery.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 6

No. of International Offices: 38

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Silicon Valley, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC
Abu Dhabi
Amsterdam
Antwerp
Bangkok
Barcelona
Beijing
Belfast
Bratislava
Brussels
Budapest
Casablanca
Dubai
Düsseldorf
Frankfurt
Hamburg
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City
Hong Kong
Istanbul
Jakarta
Johannesburg
London (HQ)
Luxembourg
Madrid
Milan
Munich
Paris
Perth
Prague
Rome
São Paulo
Seoul
Shanghai
Singapore
Sydney
Tokyo
Warsaw
Yangon

Major Departments

Anti-Bribery and Corruption
Antitrust
Asset Management
Banking and Finance
Commodities Regulation and Enforcement
Corporate and M&A
Derivatives and Structured Finance
Employment and Benefits
Environment
Financial Services Regulation and Investigations
Leveraged and Acquisition Finance
Litigation
Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure
Real Estate
Regulatory Compliance
Restructuring and Insolvency
Sanctions
National Security and International Trade
Securitization
Tax
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.