2023 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#14
- Firm Culture#25
At a Glance
“The people and the work. Quality work with quality people. Great experiences and training with various matters and types of work with helpful feedback in a non-demeaning manner.”
“I feel supported, am well compensated, and have a good work-life balance at this time.”
“Not much of a social scene, decisions made by management are not transparent, and not a lot of perks.”
“Practice groups and teams can be a bit siloed and it can be hard to find your place or meet coworkers, especially in the virtual setting.”
About Arnold & Porter
Arnold & Porter is home to approximately 1,000 lawyers across 13 offices around the globe. The firm practices in more than 40 areas and is particularly well known for its antitrust, appellate litigation, environmental, life sciences and securities litigation practices, as well as its cross-border work.
Let’s Get Together
Washington, DC, giant Arnold & Porter combined with New York’s Kaye Scholer in 2017, creating Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. The merger combined the best of both worlds—a DC firm known for its top-ranked practices, including antitrust, regulatory, and litigation, and a New York firm known for its corporate and real estate practices and recognized by Vault and others for its stellar associate quality of life.
Today, Arnold & Porter continues its top-notch antitrust work, handling a full range of complex and critical antitrust matters, including transactions, government investigations, cartel matters, strategic counseling, and class action litigation. The firm’s lawyers have helped clients obtain antitrust clearance for some of the largest M&A deals, including: Kroger in its $2.5 billion merger with Harris Teeter; General Electric in the $32 billion combination of GE Oil & Gas with Baker Hughes; and AT&T in its $49 billion acquisition of DIRECTV. The firm also has a strong antitrust litigation practice whose successes include defending the Golden State Warriors in an antitrust suit brought by StubHub and defending HarperCollins and Random House in multiple private retailer litigations following on government investigations into the sale of e-books. Unsurprisingly, Arnold & Porter holds the No. 2 spot in Vault’s Antitrust Practice Area ranking.
Arnold & Porter also boasts a strong environmental law practice—the firm is primary environmental counsel to BP with regard to the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil spill. The firm handles litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters on a range of areas, including air quality, contaminated sites, infrastructure, toxic torts, natural resource damages, and more. Arnold & Porter is also one of eight founding firms of “Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy” through which the firm has pledged to dedicate at least $2 million worth of pro bono work to matters involving sustainability by the end of 2020.
Recognized for its M&A work, Arnold & Porter works with clients through all aspects of the acquisition, including structuring the transaction, negotiating, handling regulatory issues, and integrating after the fact. Clients also call upon the firm for its capital markets experience—the firm works on everything from IPOs to PIPE transactions to Rule 144A offerings to shelf offerings, as well as global offerings like Regulation S offerings and Eurobond. In both its M&A and capital markets work, the firm stays attuned to regulatory issues that may arise.
One of Arnold & Porter’s traditions is a “Garden Room” within each office. The firm regularly hosts gatherings at the close of the business day where lawyers can gather for drinks and snacks.
We understand the pandemic has affected everyone in myriad ways. While we are all more adept at engaging virtually, we are still approaching the upcoming recruiting season with flexibility and understanding. We are planning to conduct callback interviews virtually and hope to engage with students in person in the fall should the opportunity arise. We are excited to meet the next generation of talented lawyers.
News & Awards
- The Supreme Court's decision in Gideon v. Wainwrightin 1963 affirmed the principle that every person charged with a serious criminal offense is constitutionally entitled to the assistance of a lawyer, and if he cannot afford counsel, the state has a duty to furnish him with an attorney. Arguing the right to counsel was Abe Fortas, when the firm was called Arnold Fortas & Porter.
- The firm represented AstraZeneca in agreements for the funding and global distribution of the University of Oxford's potential COVID-19 vaccine.
- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in favor of Arnold & Porter's pro bono clients in the gerrymandering lawsuit, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania v. Commonwealth.
- Arnold & Porter obtained a resounding victory for Planned Parenthood on all claims in a case against activists that embarked on a years-long campaign to shut down Planned Parenthood. The jury of nine men and one woman awarded Planned Parenthood both compensatory and punitive damages totaling more than $2M.
- A-List, 2020—The American Lawyer
- “Pro Bono Scorecard,” 2020—The American Lawyer
- 92 Attorneys and 47 Practices Ranked, 2020—Chambers USA
- Mansfield Plus Certification, 2020—Diversity Lab
- Best Place to Work (2006; 2008-2020)—Human Rights Campaign
Why Work Here
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has nearly 1,000 lawyers across nine domestic and four international offices. Client-driven and industry-focused, our lawyers practice across 30+ practice areas, including antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate and finance, environmental, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax, to help clients with complex needs stay ahead of the global market, anticipate opportunities, and address issues that impact their businesses. Our global reach, experience, and deep knowledge allow us to work across geographic, cultural, technological, and ideological borders to offer clients forward-looking, results-oriented solutions that resolve their US, international, and cross-border legal needs.
601 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 942-5000
Chairman: Richard M. Alexander
Hiring Partners: Darren Skinner and Angela Vicari
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2021:
All US Offices
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4,135/week
Firmwide Director of Attorney Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 9
No. of International Offices: 4
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I Brussels
Corporate & Finance
Government Contracts & National Security
Intellectual Property & Technology
Labor & Employment
Legislative & Public Policy
Life Sciences & Healthcare Regulatory
Securities Enforcement and Litigation
White Collar Litigation
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.