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2023 Vault Rankings

At a Glance


“Realistic promotion possibility.”

“Excellent people, substantive work.”

“The willingness to do cool things (like start a Center for Racial Equality).”


“Sometimes sporadic assignment of work.”

“Below-market compensation.”

“Having to frequently think about billable hours.”

About Arent Fox

Arent Fox has developed a symbiotic relationship with the nation’s capital over the past 75 years. In addition to real estate, patent, trademark, and finance work, the firm also takes justifiable pride in its litigation, health care, and regulatory practices. With more than 450 lawyers and strengths across core practice areas, the firm’s client roster ranges from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations.

Fab Five

A quintet of Beltway insiders pooled their legal and political resources to shape Arent Fox into a Capitol institution over its first 30 years. Henry Fox, the main man behind the firm’s foundation in 1942, laid the first stones in labor, government contract, and administrative specialties—in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Fox secured overtime pay for public employees who had worked without additional pay on legal holidays during World War II. Albert Arent, Edwin Kahn, Harry Plotkin, and Earl Kintner rounded out the founding members. The names of all five men graced the firm’s nameplate until 2004, when management opted for today’s more marketing-friendly moniker.

From Real Estate to Health Care

Arent Fox counsels in four main practices: business, IP, litigation and dispute resolution, and regulatory and government compliance. The firm works in more than a dozen industries ranging from cannabis and construction to healthcare and life sciences to real estate and sports, plus many more.

The firm is well known for its Real Estate practice, which works with a range of clients, including capital investors, developers, lenders, owners, and REITs. Among the areas the firm works in are acquisitions and dispositions, construction and development, finance, joint ventures, land use and zoning, leasing, private equity, public-private partnerships, REITs, and tax.

On the healthcare front, the firm is a destination for healthcare providers, with attorneys who previously worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Justice. The firm counsels on everything from the Affordable Care Act to HIPAA to regulatory matters to telemedicine—and everything in between.

Good Morning, Senator

DC can draw a certain ambitious personality type, and Arent Fox is no exception. The firm counts numerous senators among its alumni, including Bob Bennett (Utah), Dale Bumpers (Arkansas), John Culver (Iowa), Jim Talent (Missouri), Fred Thompson (Tennessee), and John Thune (South Dakota). Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (North Dakota) currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor at the firm, and former Senator Doug Jones (Alabama) and former National Security Advisor Cissy Jackson are members of the Government Relations group. The House of Representatives is also well represented at Arent Fox, with former U.S. Congressman Phil English (Pennsylvania) serving as co-chair of the firm’s Government Relations practice, along with Senator Dorgan.

Arent Fox

1717 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 857-6000

Firm Stats

Chairman: Mark M. Katz
Managing Partner: Cristina Carvalho
Hiring Attorneys: Cristina Carvalho (Firmwide), Richard Brand (San Francisco), Ira Deitsch (Boston), Aaron Jacoby (LA), Andrew Silfen (NY)
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

All offices
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $195,000
Summer Associate: $3,654/week

Employment Contact

Washington, DC & Boston:
Libby Tracy
Attorney Recruitment and Development Manager
(202) 715-8503
Lauren Battaglia
Attorney Recruitment and Development Manager
(213) 629-7411
New York:
Nicolette Griot
Attorney Recruitment Coordinator

No. of U.S. Offices: 5

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC (HQ)

Major Departments

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
Complex Litigation
Corporate & Securities
Fashion & Retail
Food, Drug, Medical Device, & Cosmetic
Government Enforcement & White Collar
Government Relations
Health Care
International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
International Trade
Labor & Employment
Life Sciences
Long Term Care & Senior Living
Real Estate
White Collar & Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.